Found 75 articles starting with O:

opportunity - correct spelling

opportunity - noun
Example: He took advantage of the opportunity and invested in the project....

oppression - correct spelling

oppression - noun
Example: The oppression of the dictator caused the people to flee....

opprobrium - vocabulary

noun
The disgrace or reproach incurred by outrageous or shameful conduct; ignominy. Yahoo has suffered a good deal of opprobrium since it was revealed last month that, when [Chinese] governm...

optimism - correct spelling

optimism - noun
Example: His optimism and positive approach impressed his coworkers....

optimist - correct spelling

optimist - noun
Example: Always the optimist, the CEO predicted higher earnings....

optimistic - correct spelling

optimistic - adjective
Example: We are optimistic about a favorable outcome....

or

Don’t hesitate to start a sentence with Or. It’s a coordinating conjunction, and great writers have been starting sentences with conjunctions for hundr...

oral, verbal - vocabulary

adjective
Oral: uttered by the mouth, as in oral testimony; using or transmitted by speech, as in oral methods of teaching languages; involving the mouth, as in the oral ...

orchestra - correct spelling

orchestra - noun
Example: The orchestra performed works of Mozart....

ordinarily - correct spelling

ordinarily - adverb
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Organize vs. Organise

They hired a professional to help organize their wedding. His office is a mess. He needs someone to help him or...

origin - correct spelling

origin - noun
Example: Darwin studied the origin of the species....

original - correct spelling

original - adjective and noun
Example: The original work of art sold at auction. adjective...

oscillate - correct spelling

oscillate - verb
Example: The court tends to oscillate between conservative and liberal views....

ostracize - vocabulary

verb
To exclude, by general agreement, from friendship, society, conversation, or privileges, as in His friends ostracized him after the scandal broke. Even after this skirmish, Democrats are unlike...

Other One-Word Adjectives

Adjectives became a recognized part of speech in the 1700s. They belong to a larger category, which grammarians sometimes use to describe words and groups of words: Adjectives (and adverbs) are called modifiers. Above we saw those little wor...

ought - correct spelling

ought - auxiliary verb (used with to)  Example: He ought to help his staff at night....

ounce - correct spelling

ounce - noun
Example: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” —Benjamin Franklin....

Our chapter title should read…

So our chapter title read like this: “Bad habits will effect your writing.”But now you know: When “effect” acts as a verb, it means “produce” or “result in.” H...

Our chapter title should thus read…

The title of the chapter read: “Here’s the principle reason he flunked the course.”But now you know that “principle” primarily means “rule.” So we fix it like ...

outrageous - correct spelling

outrageous - adjective
Example: His outrageous behavior offended everyone....

overcoat - correct spelling

overcoat - noun
Example: Button up your overcoat, When the wind is free, Take good care of yourself, You belong to me! —DeSylva,...

Overdo vs. Overdue

Ram is advised by his doctor not to overdo bicep exercises because of his fractured arm. ...

overrun - correct spelling

overrun - verb and noun
Example: The looting hordes tried to overrun the country. verb...

Overusing “Like” Threatens Your Career

Consider the Views of the Experts.New Fowler By the mid-20c., however, [the use of like] as an incoherent and prevalent filler had reached the proportions of an epidemic, and...

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