Found 211 articles starting with S:

soul - correct spelling

noun and adjectiveExample: A glass of wine is good for the soul. nounExample: We enjoy...

source - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: The reporter refused to reveal his source for the story. nounExample: ...

Sources Cited

In these discussions on Grammar.com, I cite some of my favorite sources. To save space, I use the “short citations” below: Short Citation...

souvenir - correct spelling

nounNot souvenire.Example: Caitlin bought a souvenir at the top of the Empire State Building....

special - correct spelling

adjective and nounExample: Their wedding was indeed a special occasion. adjectiveExample: ...

specifically - correct spelling

adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that di...

specified - correct spelling

verb (past tense and past participle of the verb specify)Example: She specified exactly wh...

specimen - correct spelling

nounExample: He groaned when the doctor asked him for a specimen....

speech - correct spelling

nounNot speach.Example: The Constitution guarantees our freedom of speech....

split infinitive

Every verb has a base infinitive form. We think of the infinitive as the verb with the preposition to in front of it: as in to have, to hold, ...

Split Infinitives

Perhaps no “rule” of grammar sparks more controversy than the “rule” against splitting infinitives. Leading experts on the English language, however, point out that the split infinitive appeared in the great works of English as early as the thirteent...

sponsor - correct spelling

noun and verbExample: The sponsor of the football game produced some clever ads. nounExample: ...

spontaneous - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: The spontaneous demonstration unsettled the mayor and his cronies....

spurious - vocabulary

adjectiveNot genuine, authentic, or true; not from the pretended or proper source; counterfeit. Jargon is the verbal sleight of hand that makes the old hat seem newly fashionable; it g...

stanch, staunch

Stanch is the most commonly accepted spelling for the verb meaning “to stop the flow” of a liquid, but staunch is also an acceptable spelling.Generally thoug...

Start a Sentence with a Conjunction

And you may start a sentence with And.You probably learned in grade school: Never start a sentence with but, and, or any other conjunction. Poppycock!Not on...

States of Adjective: -er or more, -est or most

How to Form the States of AdjectivesYou ask, therefore, how to tell when to use the ‑er and ‑est endings and when to use the helping words more and most? There’s no hard and fast rule, but ...

States of Adjectives: -er or more, -est or most

Adjectives Comparative and SuperlativeYou ask, therefore, how to tell when to use the ‑er and ‑est endings and when to use the helping words more and most? There’s no hard and fast rule, bu...

stationary - correct spelling

adjectiveGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses stationary and stationery. Click here for that discussion....

stationery - correct spelling

nounGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses stationary and stationery. Click here for that discussion....

stationery, stationary

Stationery is writing paper.Stationary means “unmoving.”Example: He sat stationary at his desk for hours addressing invitations on ...

statue - correct spelling

nounNot statute.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses statue, statute, and stature. ...

statute - correct spelling

nounNot statue.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses statue, statute, and stature. ...

statute, stature, statue

A statute is an edict, decree, or law passed by a legislature.A statue is a lifelike sculpture that might become valuable when the arms fall off.Stature mea...

stolid - vocabulary

adjectiveRevealing or having little emotion or sensibility; impassive; unemotional. The Indian sat on the front seat, saying nothing to anybody, with a stolid expression of face, as if...

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