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Table of Personal Pronouns

You might want to bookmark this page.Now let’s put it all together. The first table below shows singular personal pronouns; the second, plural personal pronouns. ...

tableau - vocabulary

nounA picture, of a scene; a vivid description; an arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life, all costumed and posed. In a play, a time in a scene when all actors freeze and then resume the actio...

tacit - vocabulary

adjectiveUnderstood, without being expressed; implied, as in a tacit agreement; silent, as in a tacit partner. In all conversation between two persons, tacit referenc...

taciturn - vocabulary

adjectiveDisinclined to conversation; reserved in speech; not talkative. Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.—Paul Klee ...

tangible - correct spelling

adjective and nounExample: Happiness remained elusive. He couldn’t touch it. It was not tangible. adjective...

tangible - vocabulary

adjectivePerceptible by touch; material or substantial; real, actual, not imaginary, not vague.Note: A tangible asset is something you can see and touch and, you hope, sell. Examples ...

tantamount - vocabulary

adjectiveEquivalent to (but not the same as), amounts to, might as well be the same as. Most women of [the World War II] generation have but one image of good motherhood—the one their mothers embodied....

tariff - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: Congress imposed a tariff on the foreign goods. nounExample: The Chin...

Taut vs. Taunt

People make a lot of mistakes while speaking or writing English. Sometimes they are spelling mistakes, sometimes mistakes of homophones and sometimes a wrong word is used instead of the right word if they are extremely alike. Tau...

technical - correct spelling

adjective and nounExample: His technical skill helped the company develop new products. adjective...

technique - correct spelling

nounExample: Her knitting technique was precise and intricate....

temerity - vocabulary

nounRecklessness, boldness, rashness; fearless daring. The old man trusts wholly to slow contrivance and gradual progression; the youth expects to force his way by genius, vigour, and precipitance. The old ...

temperament - correct spelling

nounExample: His grouchy temperament irked his staff....

temperamental - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: The temperamental car refused to start once again....

temperature - correct spelling

nounExample: The mother checked the temperature of her child....

temporize - vocabulary

verbTo gain time or delay acting by being indecisive or evasive; to comply with the time or the occasion, to yield ostensibly to current opinion; to produce a compromise; to come to terms. The third Europea...

tenacious - vocabulary

adjectiveUnyielding, holding fast, keeping a firm grip, stubborn, obstinate. Isabel was perfectly aware that she had not taken the measure of Pansy’s tenacity, which might prove to be ...

tenant - correct spelling

nounExample: The tenant who leased the apartment caused all sorts of trouble.See tenet....

tendency - correct spelling

nounExample: He has a tendency to lose his cool....

tenement - correct spelling

nounExample: The tenement became a haven for drug addicts....

tenet - correct spelling

nounExample: This moral tenet requires absolute honesty.See tenant....

tenet - vocabulary

nounAn opinion, principle, dogma, or doctrine a person or group believes or maintains as true. A central tenet of modern feminist thought has been the assertion that “all women are oppresse...

tense

In traditional English grammar, we have six tenses of verbs:1. present tense (I decide)2. past tense (...

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than, then

Than is a word used only in comparisons (greater than, less than, etc.).Then is used to place an action in time or a thought into a sequen...

That vs. Which

Which Is It? That? Or Which?Now we open the proverbial can of worms.Some people on earth know the differences between that and which. I’m one of them. So is your boss. Maybe....

that, which

Note: We thoroughly discuss the differences between that and which in the eBook Developing a Powerful Writing Style.B...

The Awful “Like” Word – Part I

If you have a “like” habit, the time has come: Break it. Many people cannot make it through a single sentence without scores of “I’m like” and “She was like” and “She’s all . . . .” Fo...

The chapter title needs repair…

The chapter title read: “When writing, your participle might dangle.”You can see that the subject “your partic...

The Last Part of Speech - The Interjection

We don’t need to spend much time with the eighth and final part of speech—the interjection.Like wow!Rats.Damn!Oh!These and other words of surprise are interjections. Use them in speech and creative writing. Lea...

The Word “Like” Serves as 7 Parts of Speech

A Grammatical Analysis for ChildrenThe word like serves as seven of the parts of speech. The only function it doesn’t serve?  It isn’t a pronoun. But it does cover the other seven.Like as a V...

The Word “Principal”

A Part-of-Speech ApproachThe word principal, on the other hand, has a variety of meanings as an adjective and as a noun.Principal as an AdjectiveLet’s look f...

The Word “Principle”

A Part-of-Speech ApproachInstead, let’s take a simple parts-of-speech approach to understanding the differences. The word principle will always appear as a noun form, never as an adjective. It is thus incorre...

The “Like” Word

Like, Wow!The word doing the most damage to the communicative “skills” of young people today happens to be a preposition … the word like. It also happens to be a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, a conjunction, ...

The “Like” Word Threatens Your Career

In my last blog, we looked at some grammar governing the use of the like word. Now let’s see what the experts have to say. As you’ll see, they mince no words. Overusing Like Threatens Your Career Consider ...

Theater vs. Theatre

Should we go watch a movie in a theatre or a theater? ...

their - correct spelling

possessive pronounNote: For a discussion of their, there, and they’re, see Grammar.com’s section on Common Grammatical Mistakes. ...

themselves - correct spelling

reflexive pronounExample: They gave themselves a party....

Then vs. Than

The policeman’s strategy was better than the burglar’s so he waited for him to make a move first and then arrested him. Did you notice than and then in the above s...

theories - correct spelling

noun (plural of the noun theory)Example: We have several theories about the cause of his resignation....

there - correct spelling

adverb, pronoun, adjective, and nounNote: For a discussion of their, there, and they’re, see Grammar.com’s s...

therefor - correct spelling

adverbExample: He ordered the stereo and included payment therefor.Note: This adverb often appears in legal writing. It differs i...

therefore - correct spelling

adverb and conjunctive adverbExample: He therefore decided to sell the farm. adverb...

therefore, therefor - vocabulary

adverbTherefore: serves as a conjunctive adverb or as a regular adverb. When it joins two clauses, it must be preceded by a semicolon and ...

they're - correct spelling

contractionNote: For a discussion of their, there, and they’re, see Grammar.com’s section on Common Grammatical Mistakes. ...

they're, their, there

Note: We thoroughly discuss the differences among these words in the Common Grammatical Mistakes section of Grammar.com. Click here for the ...

thorough - correct spelling

adjectiveGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses thorough, through, and threw. Click here for that discussion...

though - correct spelling

subordinating conjunction and adverbExample: He still disputes the point, though he knows he’s wrong. ...

thought - correct spelling

noun and verb (past tense and past participle of the verb think)Example: He had a thought about how to fix the situation. ...

Three Rules on Subject-Verb Agreement

There are, of course, many other kinds of mistakes made with subjects and verbs. Classifying the types often helps reduce the mistakes you might make.But first, a review of the basics.Let’s start with three basic and...

threshold - correct spelling

nounExample: We are on the threshold of an important discovery....

threw, through, thorough

Threw is the past tense of the verb “throw,” which means “to toss.”Through is a ...

through - correct spelling

preposition, adverb, and adjectiveGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses thorough, through, and threw. ...

Throws vs. Throes

The words throes and throws are homophones: they sound alike but have different meanings. The plural noun throes means a great struggle or a condition of agonizing pain or trouble. The idiom in the throes of means in the midst of...

tight - correct spelling

adjective and adverbExample: His tight collar increased his discomfort. adjectiveExample...

title - correct spelling

noun, adjective, and verbExample: The title of the book surprised him. noun...

together - correct spelling

adverb and adjective (slang)Example: We gathered together around the table. adverbExample: ...

together with

See coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention....

tomorrow - correct spelling

noun and adverbExample: Tomorrow will be warm and sunny. nounExample: “I won’t think abou...

tongue - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: He spoke in his native tongue. noun...

too - correct spelling

adverbNot to.Example: He will come, too.Example: He stood too n...

torpor - vocabulary

nounApathy, sluggish inactivity, a state of suspended physical activity, lethargic indifference. Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended s...

tortious, tortuous, torturous - vocabulary

adjectiveTortious: a legal word that refers to an act that gives ground for a lawsuit based on tort law.Note: ...

Torturous vs. Tortuous

Separated by just one pesky letter, these two similar-sounding adjectives can be torturous to keep straight. Or is it tortuous? Consider the sentences below: ...

torturous, tortuous, tortious

The words torturous and tortuous come from the same Latin root “torquere,” which means “to twist.” But their meanings today are distinct.Torturous is related to the...

tough - correct spelling

adjective, adverb, noun, and verbExample: He’s a tough man to work for. ...

tournament - correct spelling

nounExample: Carolina won the NCAA basketball tournament....

tout, taunt, taut, taught

To tout means "to brazenly solicit support" (or in rare cases "to deal in racehorses").To taunt means “to ridicule” or “to mock.”Taut means “tense” or “draw...

toward - correct spelling

prepositionNote: Americans use toward while the British use towards.Example: He walked straight toward me....

towards - correct spelling

See toward...

tractable - vocabulary

adjectiveEasily led or controlled, as in a tractable child or tractable voters. The parole board scene, like many other sequences here, attests to the filmmakers' skill at unobtrusive...

tragedy - correct spelling

nounExample: Little Lucy viewed her lost tooth as a tragedy....

Transaction Results

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transferred - correct spelling

verb (past tense and past participle of the verb transfer)Example: He transferred most of ...

transferring - correct spelling

verb (present participle of the verb transfer)Example: We are transferring our property to our children....

Transitive and Intransitive

The trick question we used above to determine whether a verb is transitive will always nail a verb as transitive or intransitive: Can I [verb] somebody or something? If yes, the verb is transitive. If no, the verb is intransitive.Naturally en...

transitive verb

Action verbs are either transitive or intransitive. A transitive verb has the intrinsic ability to attach directly to a noun, called the direct object. But an intr...

transitive verb - vocabulary

nounNote: The transitive verb is a good thing to know. Because many experienced writers usually know its ins and outs, I’ve included a brief discussion here....

Transitive Verbs

Verbs with ObjectsAs Amber and Igor became grammatically aware, Amber noticed that action verbs came in two models. One described someone (the subject) doing something (the verb) to someone or something (the direct object). T...

travail - vocabulary

nounHard or agonizing labor, painfully difficult work; anguish or suffering resulting from physical or mental hardship; also, the pain of childbirth. Far travel, very far travel, or travail...

Travelled vs. Traveled

Lee travelled to the Middle East during vacations. ...

travesty - vocabulary

nounA burlesque of a serious work characterized by grotesque incompatibility of style of the original; a grotesque imitation, as in a travesty of justice.Note: Though travesty is ...

treasury - correct spelling

nounExample: The balance in our treasury is woefully low....

tremendous - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: He is a tremendous asset to our organization....

trepidation - vocabulary

nounNervous uncertainty of feeling; tremulous alarm, fear; quivering movement. Immediately after dinner Kitty came in. She knew Anna Arkadyevna, but only very slightly, and she came now to her sister’s with...

tries - correct spelling

verb (third-person singular of the verb try)Example: She tries her best....

trooper, trouper

Both trooper and trouper are used to describe members of a group called a troop (military or police unit) or troupe (entertainers).Example: A highway-patrol trooper...

truculent - vocabulary

adjectiveFiercely brutal, cruel, vitriolic, scathing, belligerent. The past is present everywhere, but Japan is an unusually history-haunted nation. Elsewhere the Cold War is spoken of in the past tens...

truly - correct spelling

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

truncated clause

 See elliptical clause....

twelfth - correct spelling

adjective and nounExample: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…. adjective...

twelve - correct spelling

noun and adjectiveExample: We ordered twelve. nounExample: The ...

two, too, to

Two is the number right after one.Too means “also.”To is a preposition that helps specify direction ...

tyranny - correct spelling

nounExample: "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." —Thomas Jefferson....

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