Found 211 articles starting with S:

Semicolons with Quotation Marks

Semicolon Comes OutsideThe semicolon should be placed outside ending quotation marks. When the quoted matter ends with a semicolon, the semicolon in the quotation is dropped: The agen...

seminar - correct spelling

nounExample: He conducted a seminar in effective writing in Shanghai....

sense - correct spelling

noun and verbGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses sense and since. Click here for that discussion....

sense, since

A sense can be any one of the faculties: taste, touch, hearing, smell, sight, or equilibrium. It can also mean “understanding” or “perception.”Since means “from a certain point in time up un...

sensible - correct spelling

adjectiveNot sensable.Example: She wore sensible shoes....

sensuous, sensual

Both words mean “of or appealing to the senses.” The difference in usage is that sensual is more closely associated with physical senses and sexual desires. Sensuous is used to describe things that ...

sentence

A grammatically complete sentence has a subject and a conjugated verb, as in Mary sang. A sentence is also an in...

sentence - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: A complete sentence has a subject ...

sentence adverb

A sentence adverb modifies an entire sentence or clause. According to top authorities, adverbs, including those ending in ‑ly, can modify entire sentences. Here are some examples drawn from reputable sources: ...

separate - correct spelling

adjective and verbNot seperate.Example: They put their two sons in separate bedrooms. adjecti...

separation - correct spelling

nounExample: They dreaded the long separation from each other....

septuagenarian - correct spelling

noun and adjectiveNot septagenarian.Example: Though my father was a septuagenarian, he stilled mowed the yard and ...

sergeant - correct spelling

nounExample: The staff sergeant issued the order....

serial-comma rule

When you join three or more elements in a series, put a comma before the conjunction (usually and or or). Thus: red, white, and blue. This is the s...

Serial-Comma Rule - Red, White, and Blue

When you use a coordinating conjunction to join two elements of a series, no comma comes before the conjunction. But when you join three or more elements, the preferred rule requires a comma before the coordinati...

Serial-Comma Rule ‑ Examples

Here are some examples of correctly using the serial comma: The flag is red, white, and blue. (Three predicate adjectives.)In her will, the woman left jewelry, coins, stocks and bonds, but...

Serial-Comma Rule ‑ Red, White, and Blue (2)

Comma, Comma, and CommaWhen you use a coordinating conjunction (usually and or or) to join two elements of a series, no comma comes before the conjunction. But when you join three or more el...

service - correct spelling

noun, adjective, and verbExample: They provided a valuable service for their customers. noun...

Serving as Other Parts of Speech

Prepositions Serving Double DutyMany words that serve as prepositions also serve as other parts of speech. The word up, for example, acts as a preposition: He looked ...

set, sit

Generally, sit is something you do yourself, while set is something you do to something else.The verb sit is ...

Seven Varieties of Pronouns

The first pronouns our forbears invented were the (1) personal pronouns, words that could substitute for Igor, Amber, and other members of the tribe. Then they invented (2) reflexive and intensive pronouns, those ‑self word...

several - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: We have several programs to propose....

severely - correct spelling

adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that di...

Sexism - Other Solutions

Other tricks can help you avoid the problem of sexist writing:1. When you need a possessive pronoun, don’t write his or her. Instead, use an article so that the need for a pronoun goes away. ...

Sexism - Proposed Solution

Make your antecedents plural.Refer to people, not a person. Refer to readers, not a reader. Talk about neighbors, not a neighbor. Then you can use they, their...

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