Found 211 articles starting with S:

Sexist Writing

Sexist Writing - A QuagmireWhen Amber, Igor, and Miss Hamrick developed our language, they dreamed up another rule:Pronouns must agree with the gender of the nouns they replace or refer to. A ...

Shall we fix the chapter title?

The chapter title read: “You and him confuse the case of pronouns.” Let’s fix it:You and he confuse the case of pronouns.Remember, when a pronoun acts as a subject, you...

shall, will

In American English, the auxiliary verb will universally shows futurity for all persons: first, second, and third. Thus: I will go to the ...

Shear vs. Sheer

Her sheer hard work sheared all the obstacles in her way to success. Sheer and shear are two words that have the same origin and sound but entirely different meanings. They are often confused...

shepherd - correct spelling

noun and verbNot shephard or sheperd.Example: The shepherd guarded his sheep. noun...

sheriff - correct spelling

nounExample: The sheriff arrested the burglar....

shining - correct spelling

verb (present participle of the verb shine) and adjectiveSee shinning.Example: ...

shinning - correct spelling

verb (present participle of the verb shin)See shining.Example: He was sh...

shish kebab - correct spelling

nounExample: We served shish kebab at the party....

shone, shown

Shone is both the past tense and the past participle of shine, which means “emit light.” (Shine...

should - correct spelling

auxiliary verbGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses should and would. Click here for that discussion....

should, would

In American English, we use the auxiliary verb should with all three persons (first, second, third) to express a sense of duty. Thus: ...

shoulder - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: His injured left shoulder kept him on the sidelines. nounExample: He ...

Showing Abbreviation

A Sentence Ending with an AbbreviationThe period shows abbreviations such as Co., Ave., Corp., Bldg., and a host of others. If a sentence ends in an abbreviated word, the single period serves double duty to ...

shriek - correct spelling

verb and nounNot shreek.Example: She will shriek when she learns about the new car. verb...

sibilant - vocabulary

adjectiveCharacterized by a hissing sound; in phonetics, noting sounds like those spelled with s, sh, z, zh, as in a sibilant consonant.noun...

siege - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: The siege of the city cut off all supplies. nounExample: The military...

sight - correct spelling

noun and verbGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses sight, site, and cite. Click here for that discussion....

signal - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: The traffic signal failed to work and caused an accident. nounExample: ...

significance - correct spelling

nounExample: Congress failed to understand the significance of voter discontent....

significant - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: This significant discovery will revolutionize communications....

similar - correct spelling

adjectiveNot simular.Example: We faced a similar problem before....

similarity - correct spelling

nounExample: The similarity between the two brothers was remarkable....

simile - correct spelling

nounExample: The writer correctly used the like word to create the simile “like a fox.”...

simile - vocabulary

nounA figure of speech in which two dissimilar things are explicitly compared, often introduced with like or as, as in she runs like the wind. Simile and...

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