Found 60 articles starting with V:

vacuous - vocabulary

adjectiveEmpty, without content; lacking in intelligence or ideas; without purpose, idle. Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity...

vacuum - correct spelling

noun, adjective, and verbExample: The vacuum of space was a mystery to us. noun...

valley - correct spelling

nounExample: The soldier sat on the side of the mountain and looked at the valley below....

valuable - correct spelling

adjective and noun (often plural)Example: He gave us some valuable advice. ...

Valuable vs. Invaluable

Some English usage can look mystifying to outside observers. Often, though, even things which don’t seem to ...

vapid - vocabulary

adjectiveHaving lost sparkling quality and flavor; insipid; flat; dull or tedious. A society in which everyone works is not necessarily a free society and may indeed be a slave society; on the other ha...

variety - correct spelling

nounExample: The restaurant offered a variety of food....

vegetable - correct spelling

noun and adjectiveExample: He ate only one vegetable each day. nounExample: She prefer...

vehement - vocabulary

adjectiveVery eager or urgent; zealous, ardent; characterized by rancor or anger; consisting of great exertion or energy. It is very natural for young men to be vehement, acrimonious a...

vein - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: The nurse finally found a vein for the IV. nounExample: New houses wi...

Venal vs. Venial

Catholics everywhere are confused: do they commit venal sins or venial sins? And what is a venal/venial sin anyway? Whether they're Catholic or not, many writers are just as confused. Consider...

venal, venial

Venal means “open to corruption or without honor.”Venial means “easily forgiven” or “minor.”Example: The venal officer was guilty of more that just ...

venal, venial - vocabulary

adjectiveVenal: willing to sell one’s influence in return for a bribe; associated with bribery. From what we already know, . . . some churchmen had dealings with the ...

venerable - vocabulary

adjectiveMeriting or commanding high esteem because of age or high dignity; impressive or interesting because of great age; hallowed or historic. Heaven and earth are grand; father and...

vengeance - correct spelling

nounExample: The father of the missing child wanted vengeance....

verb

The most important word in the English language is the verb. Without it, we could not write sentences. In fact, if you want to write a one-word sentence, that one word must be a verb.We have four kinds of main verbs: (1) ...

Verb "To Be"

To Be or Not To BeThe eBook Developing a Powerful Writing Style thoroughly discusses the problem of overusing the verb to ...

verb "to be"

The verb to be is unique in the English language. It can serve as a main verb (I am a writer) and as a primary auxiliary ver...

Verb Conjugation

Verb Conjugation in EnglishEvery verb in the English language has two states or dimensions—two realms, if you will. In the infinitive state, the verb reveals only the activity described: to hit or to run. Fr...

Verb Function 1 - Conjugated Verb

The conjugated verb performs the most crucial role in English: It forms the sentence. Without the conjugated verb, we would have no complete grammatical sentences.When conjugated, the verb forms two kinds of clauses. The independent clause ca...

Verb Function 2 - Infinitive Phrase - "To" Phrase

Remember the definition of the infinitive form of a verb: the word you would ordinarily look up in the dictionary. Its bare form is just the word by itself: write. Its periphrastic form consists of the infinitive preceded by the pre...

Verb Function 3 - Present-Participial Phrase (-ing Phrase)

Every verb has a present participle. Just add ‑ing as an ending. If a silent ‑e ends the word, then drop it: write, writing. If a consonant ends the word, you’ll sometimes ha...

Verb Function 4 - Past-Participial Phrase (-ed Phrase)

Every verb has a past participle, which we form by adding ‑ed for regular verbs and some other ending for irregular verbs. For the ‑ed verbs, we sometimes have to double up an ending consonant (occurred) (check the dictiona...

Verb Function 5 - Participial Adjectives

We come to the end of the list of the functions of verbs. One-word participles, either present or past, serve as wonderful participial adjectives. Think about the images these verbal adjectives can paint in your writing: -ing ...

verbal object

Action verbs come in two varieties: transitive verbs and intransitive verbs. A transitive verb has the intrinsic ability to attach directly to a ...

verbal phrase

We have three verbal phrases in the English language: (1) infinitive phrases, (2) present-participial phrases, and (3) past-participial phra...

Verbs - Definition, Overview, and Lists of Examples

WelcomeBelow you’ll find links to our discussion on the most important word in the English language—verbs. We recommend that you start with the first topic, ...

Verbs - What They Do

Shake hands with the most powerful word in the English language: the verb. You learned the basics in our discussion above. Now let’s carefully explore the five functions of verbs, see what they do, and then understand why F. Scott Fitzgerald once sai...

Verbs - Words That Do or Are

In this section, we’ll explore the most important word in the English language: the verb. If you want to develop a powerful writing style, you must learn what verbs do in our language.Why?The most important word in the Englis...

vernacular - vocabulary

adjectiveConcerning language, indigenous or native, as opposed to learned or literary; using plain, ordinary language; also pertaining to a style of architecture employing techniques, decorative arts, materials, etc.,...

versatile - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: His versatile abilities enabled him to perform many duties....

Vertical, Enumerated Lists

Periods Following NumbersPeriods also show up after the numerals in an enumerated vertical list. Look at this example: His favorite movies included: 1. The Fight Club ...

vestige - vocabulary

nounA visible trace, mark, or impression, of something absent, lost, or gone; a surviving evidence of a condition or practice. Most people with whom I talk, men and women even of some originality and genius...

vicarious - vocabulary

adjectiveSuffered, done, received, or exercised in place of another, as in vicarious punishment; serving as a substitute; felt or enjoyed through imagination of experience of others, as in a vicarious thr...

vicinity - correct spelling

nounNot vacinity.Example: He lives in the vicinity of the nation’s capital....

vicious - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: This vicious crime outraged the community....

Vicious vs. Viscous

The Government targeted the vicious cycle of poverty. The viscous fluid passing through the pipe entered the ro...

Vicious vs. Viscous

The Government targeted the vicious cycle of poverty. The viscous fluid passing through the pipe entered the room. The words vicious and viscous, though not homophones, have extremely similar spellings and thus are often mistaken for each other by ma...

vicissitude - vocabulary

nounA change, especially a complete change, of condition or circumstances, as of fortune; successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as in We have been friends through the vicissitudes of 44 years of ma...

view - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: The couple bought an old house with a spectacular view. nounExample: ...

vigilant - correct spelling

adjectiveNot vigilent.Example: After the burglaries, the homeowners became more vigilant....

village - correct spelling

noun and adjectiveExample: They settled in a historic village where they could raise chickens and put up a tree swing for their gra...

villain - correct spelling

nounExample: The villain crept toward the darkened house....

vindicate - vocabulary

verbTo clear from accusation or suspicion; to provide justification for; to justify through argument; to get revenge. Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps underm...

vindictive - vocabulary

adjectiveInclined toward revenge, vengeful; showing a revengeful spirit. “That’s why you were so much struck when I mentioned to Zossimov that Porfiry was inquiring for every one who had pledges!” Razu...

violence - correct spelling

nounExample: The increase in violence in the streets disturbed the voters....

virtue - correct spelling

nounExample: Patience is a virtue....

virulent - vocabulary

adjectiveIntensely poisonous; in medicine, highly infective, as in a virulent disease; also, spitefully hostile. Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most...

visage - vocabulary

nounThe face, countenance, or look of a person; appearance, aspect, as in the bleak visage of February. He was small in stature, with a furrowed visage, which, as yet, could hardly...

visible - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: The planet is visible to the naked eye....

vision - correct spelling

nounExample: He had the vision of an entrepreneur....

visitor - correct spelling

nounExample: The unexpected visitor wore out his welcome....

vitiate - vocabulary

verbTo impair the quality of, spoil; to debase, corrupt. In law, to make defective, as in to vitiate a claim. We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history. On the contrary, without care i...

vituperation - vocabulary

nounCensure or violent condemnation; verbal abuse, castigation. And as I grew into manhood, the newspapers rang on every side with disrespect for those in authority. Under the special dispensation of the li...

vociferous - vocabulary

adjectiveThe quality of making a noisy and vehement outcry. In 2000 Mr. [Norman] Finkelstein, a vehement critic of Israel and the son of Holocaust survivors, published “The Holocaust Industry: Reflecti...

voice - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: After teaching all day, he lost his voice. nounExample: We want to ...

volition - vocabulary

nounAn act or exercise of will; the act of choosing, willing, or resolving. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus of their own volition, souls proceed ...

volume - correct spelling

nounExample: He opened the volume dealing with writing style.Example: The volume o...

voracious - vocabulary

adjectiveEating with greediness or in very large quantities; very eager or avid, as in a voracious reader. The fish in neighboring streams and lakes are so voracious, it is sa...

vowel

Letters are either vowels or consonants. In grade school, you learned that vowels are a, e, i, o, and u, and sometimes y. The word consonant refers to the sound produced by occluding with o...

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