Found 299 articles starting with P:

peak, peek, pique

A peak is a “summit” or a prominent “point” that protrudes from another object or series of values.To peek means to “glance quickly.”To pique means...

pear - correct spelling

pear - noun
Not pair.Example: He selected a pear, not an orange....

peculiar - correct spelling

peculiar - adjective
Example: She wore a peculiar hat, which caused the children to laugh....

pecuniary - vocabulary

adjective
Of or relating to money. No genuine equality, no real freedom, no true manhood or womanhood can exist on any foundation save that of pecuniary independence. As a right over a ...

pedagogy - vocabulary

noun
The science and art of teaching; the function or work of a teacher. The first thing to know about Lan Samantha Chang, who has been named the new director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is that she has s...

pedantic - vocabulary

adjective
Ostentatious in one’s learning; characterized by a detailed, often ostentatious, attention to formalisms, especially in teaching. Here, Nabokov's aristocratic dilettantism is perfect, because ...

Peddle vs. Pedal

English spelling is full of apparent idiosyncrasies – native speakers and learners alike grapple with doubling consonants, how to form plurals, ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’’, and have to dodge umptee...

peddle, petal, pedal

Peddle means “to sell.” Peddled is the past tense and past participle of that verb....

Peer vs. Pier

Pier and peer are homophones, meaning they sound alike but are spelled differently, and mean different things. They are also easily confused words. The spell-check application in word-processing softwar...

pejorative - vocabulary

adjective
Characterized by a belittling, disparaging, or derogatory force or effect.noun
The statement itself. Never . . . use the word gossip in a pe...

pencil - correct spelling

pencil - noun and verb
Example: He sharpened his pencil and began the audit. noun
Exam...

penetrate - correct spelling

penetrate - verb
Example: Bullets failed to penetrate the armored car....

peninsula - correct spelling

peninsula - noun
Example: The peninsula of Florida attracts many elderly people, who, as a rule, hate snow....

penultimate - vocabulary

adjective
Next to the last. When I was a school-boy, during the penultimate decade of the last century, the chief American grammar was “A Practical Grammar of the English Language,” by ...

penurious - vocabulary

adjective
Excessively sparing in the use of money; extremely stingy; extremely poor or destitute. These new "malefactors of great wealth" are not just distant figures hurrying toward their private jets ...

people - correct spelling

people - noun and verb
Example: “… that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people,...

perceive - correct spelling

perceive - verb
Example: She failed to perceive the jealousy of her coworkers....

perception - correct spelling

perception - noun
Example: That’s your perception, but you are wrong....

perfect - correct spelling

perfect - adjective and verb
Example: The perfect couple got married in the garden. adjective...

perfect tenses

The perfect tenses are under attack by many misinformed, but otherwise well-educated, writers and speakers. The tense does express qualities of verbs that are otherwise incapable of expression and is therefore worth retaining.We have three pe...

Perfect Tenses - How to Form

In addition to the three main tenses of present, past, and future, the English language allows us to make three statements about accomplished facts. We use one of the three perfect tenses to show an action that ...

Perfect vs. Prefect

Perfect (adjective) means something that is flawless or complete. ...

perform - correct spelling

perform - verb
Example: We waited for her to perform on the piano....

performance - correct spelling

performance - noun
Example: The performance by the tenor overshadowed the other singers....

perhaps - correct spelling

perhaps - adverb
Example: Perhaps she will call tonight....

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