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Restrict vs. Constrict

Overview Just to give a general idea, let us understand the basic meaning with an example....

restrictive clause

A restrictive clause is also called a defining clause. The great grammarian Henry Fowler coined the term defining clause. A restrictive clause looks to the noun (or pronoun
) modified and si...

Restrictive vs. Non-restrictive adjective clauses

Restrictive clause Restrictive clauses include information that are essential for the purpose of the sentence. Without these...

Retch vs. Wretch

The English language doesn’t seem to be lacking in synonyms for the verb “vomit.” We have “upchuck,” “puke,” “hurl,” “heave,” and “retch,” to name a few. So do we really need to add another one, even if only as an alternate spell...

reticence, reticent - vocabulary

Reticence: the quality of habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.adjective
Reticent: disposed to be silent or reserved. Ted ha...

retroactive - vocabulary

Operative on, affecting, or having reference to past events, transactions, responsibilities; pertaining to a pay raise effective in the past. In June, the Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the do...

retrospective - vocabulary

An exhibition of art or performance of works produced by an artist or composer over time.adjective
Directed to past events or situations; looking backward, looking back on. ...

revile - vocabulary

To address or speak of with abuse; vilify, berate, disparage. You shall not revile God, or curse a leader of your people. —Exodus 22:28Old Testament...

rheumatism - correct spelling

Example: His rheumatism acts up when the weather changes....

rhythm - correct spelling

Example: My friend can’t dance. He has no rhythm....

rhythmical - correct spelling

Example: The rhythmical motions of the dancers entranced the audience....

ridiculous - correct spelling

Example: This ridiculous proposal has no chance of success....

rife - vocabulary

Of frequent or common occurrence; in widespread existence, prevalent, use, or activity; abundant, numerous, plentiful. I love to see that Nature is so rife with life that myri...

Rifle vs. Riffle


right - correct spelling

adjective, noun, adverb, and verb’s section on Problem Words discusses right, write, and rite. ...

right, write, rite

To be right means to be “correct” or “appropriate.”To write means “to form letters or words on a surface with an instrument such as a pen, pencil, or computer screen.”A r...

rise, raise, rear

All these words can be used to describe the movement of something from a lower to a higher level. The key to choosing one is: who is doing the movement and what is being moved.Rise is used when you are lifting yourse...

role - correct spelling

Not roll
.Example: He knows the role he must play....

roll - correct spelling

verb and noun
Not role
Example: The wagon will roll down the hill. v...

roommate - correct spelling

Example: Her roommate was neat and tidy....

rough - correct spelling

adjective, noun, adverb, and verb
 (complement verb rough up)Example: The ...

Rule of Parallel Structure

Though we’ll study parallel construction in the eBook Developing a Powerful Writing Style, I must introduce the concept here, for producing a parallel series re...

Rules on Direct Quotation

Many writers violate rules governing the use of quotation marks. They mix up the rules on which of the other punctuation marks go inside or outside the ending quotation marks. You'll find independent treatment of this issue in each chapter on each ma...

ruminate - vocabulary

To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated; to meditate about, ponder. Let's start with their explication of depression, which has metastasized in the West over the past two gener...

run-on sentence

A run-on sentence happens when a semicolon is omitted between two independent clauses not joined by a coordinating or correlative conjunction...

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