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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 verb
Example: The sponsor of the football game produced some clever ads. noun
Example: ...

spontaneous - correct spelling

adjective
Example: The spontaneous demonstration unsettled the mayor and his cronies....

spurious - vocabulary

adjective
Not 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...

Standard and Non-Standard English

We all know that a language has different dialects and pronunciations in various areas where it is spoken de...

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

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

stationery - correct spelling

noun
Grammar.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

noun
Not statute
.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses statue, statute, and stature. ...

statute - correct spelling

noun
Not 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

adjective
Revealing 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...

stomach - correct spelling

noun and verb
Example: He filled his stomach with junk food. noun
Example: He couldn’t ...

Story vs. Storey

Dealing with similar spellings of various words, using them correctly and avoiding misspelling is often overwhelming; though it gets easier once you sort out which spellings refers to what. If you are in doubt about “story” and “storey”, we’ll help y...

Story vs. Storey

Story An absolutely common word, story is used by everyone to describe events that are real or imaginary, usually told for entertainment. Story can be short or long and can descri...

straight - correct spelling

adjective, adverb, and noun
Example: He walked in a straight line. adjective...

strategy - correct spelling

noun
Not strategery. :-)Example: The company’s president developed a new marketing strategy....

strength - correct spelling

noun
Example: His bulging muscles showed his strength....

strenuous - correct spelling

adjective
Example: The doctor advised him to refrain from strenuous exercise....

stretch - correct spelling

verb, noun, and adjective
Example: You should stretch before exercise. verb
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