Found 111 articles starting with M:

misspelled - correct spelling

misspelled - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb misspell) and adjective  When the last letter of a pref...

mistake - correct spelling

mistake - noun and verb  Note: The past tense of the verb mistake is mistook. The ...

Mistrust vs. Distrust

Sometimes, two words are so similar that even experienced writers have trouble remembering which is which. D...

mitigate, militate

The word mitigate means “to make less severe or less intense.” The word militate means “to influence strongly.” The word militate is ...

mitigate, militate - vocabulary

See the discussion under militate, mitigate.Grammar.com's section on Problem Words discusses militate and mitigate. ...

Moat vs. Mote

There are millions of tiny dust motes in the air. He fell in the moat around ...

modal auxiliary verb

We have ten modal auxiliary verbs: can, could, may, might, must, ought to, shall, should, will, and would. We use them to express the mood of the verb, which, most often, is the indicative mood (expressing someth...

Modelling vs. Modeling

If you are an attractive human, you might be able to convince people to pay you to be photographed wearing e...

modifier

Modifiers are words or groups of words that limit, enumerate, or describe and clarify the meaning of other words—called headwords. The headwords are nouns (or words acting as nouns) or verbs. Modifiers...

Modifying Adjectives and Adverbs

Amber and Miss Hamrick also wanted to further describe the adjectives they used to modify nouns. Not content with saying The sunset is beautiful, they became grandiose and said The sunset is unbe...

Modifying an Entire Sentence or Clause

Use of Hopefully to Start a SentenceThis discussion will undoubtedly get some readers’ noses out of joint, because it points out that starting a sentence with the word hopefully is acceptabl...

Mold vs. Mould

Americans and the British spell many words differently. Americans omit the U that appears in some British wo...

momentous - correct spelling

momentous - adjective  Example: These momentous events precipitated a war....

Monies vs. Moneys

If you have ever read a company’s financial filings, you are likely to discover a high volume of opaque jarg...

monkey - correct spelling

monkey - noun and verb  Example: The cute little monkey surprised the children. nounEx...

monotonous - correct spelling

monotonous - adjective  Example: The monotonous teacher put her students to sleep....

mood

First, understand this: The word mood has nothing to do with frame of mind, as in happy or sad. It actually refers to mode, which is the attribute of a verb suggesting the speaker's attitude toward the action expressed.The m...

moral - correct spelling

moral - adjective and noun  Not morale.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses morale and moral. ...

moral, morale

Moral is an adjective used to describe things that have a quality of goodness or character. The word moral also acts as a noun...

morale - correct spelling

morale - noun  Not moral.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses morale and moral. ...

More on the Awful “Like” Word

In my last blog, I began my diatribe against the awful like word. In this edition, we’ll explore some grammar and see how the like word can serve as seven out of the eight parts of speech. Many children develop the like...

moribund - vocabulary

adjectiveAbout to die; on the verge of termination or extinction; on the verge of becoming obsolete. Of the twenty or so civilizations known to modern Western historians, all except our own appear to b...

mortgage - correct spelling

mortgage - noun and verb  Example: He took out a second mortgage on his house and bought a car. noun...

mosquito - correct spelling

mosquito - noun  Example: The mosquito carried a vile disease....

mosquitoes - correct spelling

mosquitoes - noun (plural of the noun mosquito)  Example: The swarm of mosquitoes disrupted the party....

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