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dessert - correct spelling

dessert nounNot desert.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses desert and dessert. Click here for that discussion.Example: She enjoyed a piece of cake for dessert....

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3 years ago

initiate - correct spelling

initiate - verb and noun  Example: She plans to initiate the new procedure this afternoon. verbExample: The new initiate joined the fraternity of his father. noun...

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positive - correct spelling

positive - adjective and noun  Example: The positive results of the meeting increased our confidence. adjectiveExample: We view this development as a positive. noun...

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tragedy - correct spelling

nounExample: Little Lucy viewed her lost tooth as a tragedy....

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3 years ago

inchoate - vocabulary

adjectiveNot yet completed or fully developed; just begun, incipient; not organized, lacking order. Until an employee has earned his retirement pay, or until the time arrives when he may retire, his retirement pay is but an inchoate right; but when t...

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3 years ago

Semicolons Separating Elements in a Series

Semicolons Instead of CommasWe reviewed this rule when we discussed the serial-comma rule in the discussion on the comma above. It bears repeating, however. When elements in a series are long and complex or involve internal punctuation, they should b...

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3 years ago

continual, continuous

Both words can be used to describe an event that recurs regularly.Continual describes an event that begins and ends and begins again over a period of time.Continuous assumes that the event goes on uninterrupted; it implies a lack of interruption.Exa...

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3 years ago

anxious - correct spelling

anxious adjectiveNote: In formal settings, refrain from using anxious to mean eager.Example: The anxious suspect began to sweat in the interrogation.Example: We are anxious to see the new Scorsese film. (Informal setting.)Example: We are eager to see...

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3 years ago

destruction - correct spelling

destruction nounExample: The hurricane left the city in a state of total destruction.Example: “We’re on the eve of destruction.” —Barry McGuire....

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innocence - correct spelling

innocence - noun  Example: Before the judge imposed the sentence, the convicted felon continued to maintain his innocence....

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possess - correct spelling

possess - verb  Example: He wanted to possess fancy cars and fancy clothes....

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transferred - correct spelling

verb (past tense and past participle of the verb transfer)Example: He transferred most of his wealth to a charitable foundation....

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3 years ago

incipient - vocabulary

adjectiveBeginning to appear or exist, in an initial stage, as in an incipient disease. [Brent] Scowcroft predicted "an incipient civil war" would grip Iraq and said the best hope for pulling the country from chaos would be to turn the U.S. operation...

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3 years ago

Semicolons with Quotation Marks

Semicolon Comes OutsideThe semicolon should be placed outside ending quotation marks. When the quoted matter ends with a semicolon, the semicolon in the quotation is dropped: The agency reviewed those petitions that were "timely"; it ignored those th...

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3 years ago

counsel, council

Lawyers are most familiar with the word counsel, meaning “advice” or “guidance.” Also, a lawyer is often referred to as a counsel. A corporation, for example, has a general counsel, the head corporate lawyer. A council, on the other hand, is ...

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apartment - correct spelling

apartment nounExample: She rented an expensive apartment in Manhattan....

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determine - correct spelling

determine verbExample: We must determine how the accountant stole our inheritance....

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inoculate - correct spelling

inoculate - verb  Not innoculate.Example: The doctor wanted to inoculate the poor children in the village....

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possession - correct spelling

possession - noun  Example: He sold his last possession and moved to the beach....

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transferring - correct spelling

verb (present participle of the verb transfer)Example: We are transferring our property to our children....

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3 years ago

indolent - vocabulary

adjectiveLaziness; having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion or work. In pathology, causing little or no pain, as in an indolent sore slow to heal. Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. Darcy, her sister scarcely less so; and as for Mr. Hurst, by...

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3 years ago

Chapter 4 - Colon

The colon joins two independent clauses (compound sentence), introduces lists, and sets up quotations. Previous: Semicolons with Quotation Marks Next: Colon and Independent Clauses...

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3 years ago

coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention

Expressions such as coupled with, as well as, along with, together with, not to mention, and others do not act as coordinating conjunctions. Therefore, when you use these expressions to join one singular subject of a sentence with another noun or pro...

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3 years ago

apologize - correct spelling

apologize verbExample: He should apologize to the voters....

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3 years ago

deterrence - correct spelling

deterrence nounExample: The theory of deterrence doesn't work very well with career criminals....

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3 years ago

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