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insatiable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being satisfied or appeased, as in an insatiable thirst for fine wine. Sonia said this as though in despair, wringing her hands in excitement and distress. Her pale cheeks flushed, there was a look of anguish in her eyes. It was...

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2 years ago

Em Dashes - No Spaces

No spaces come before and after the dash. The dash—a most effective punctuation mark—halts readers in their tracks.  Previous: En and Em Dashes Next: Chapter 6 - Parentheses...

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2 years ago

currently, presently

These words are often used to describe an action that is occurring now, at this moment in time.The word presently has come to be used more frequently to describe an action that is just about to happen rather than one that is happening at this moment....

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2 years ago

application - correct spelling

application nounExample: She submitted her application to college....

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2 years ago

died - correct spelling

died verb (past tense and past participle of the verb die)Not dyed.Example: The mayor died on Monday after a long illness....

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2 years ago

intelligence - correct spelling

intelligence - noun  Example: He is blessed with high intelligence.Example: We must improve our intelligence to monitor the activities of drug lords....

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2 years ago

prairie - correct spelling

prairie - noun  Example: The cowboy felt at home on the prairie....

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2 years ago

ukulele - correct spelling

nounNot ukelele.Example: The little girl plucked her ukulele as she walked in the rain....

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2 years ago

inscrutable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being analyzed, investigated, or scrutinized; impenetrable, not easily understood; unfathomable; mysterious, as in an inscrutable smile; incapable of being seen through, as in the inscrutable depths of the ocean. We have as yet ...

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2 years ago

Chapter 6 - Parentheses

IntroductionParentheses, like commas and dashes, may be used to set off amplifying, explanatory, or digressive elements. If the parenthetical elements bear a close logical relationship to the rest of the sentence, use commas. If the logical relation...

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2 years ago

presently, currently

See currently, presently....

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2 years ago

apply - correct spelling

apply verbExample: She must apply for a college loan....

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2 years ago

difference - correct spelling

difference nounExample: There’s a big difference between the two candidates’ views on taxes....

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2 years ago

intercede - correct spelling

intercede - verb  Example: She wanted to intercede in the matter to save her son’s reputation....

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2 years ago

precede - correct spelling

precede - verb  Not preceed.Example: The best man will precede the groom in the procession....

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2 years ago

unanimous - correct spelling

adjectiveExample: The vote was unanimous....

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2 years ago

insidious - vocabulary

adjectiveIntended to beguile or entrap, as in an insidious plot; stealthily deceitful or treacherous, as in an insidious foe; proceeding in a seemingly harmless way but actually with dangerous effect, as in an insidious disease. She was terror-strick...

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2 years ago

Amplify, Explain, or Digress

Use parentheses to enclose material that amplifies, explains, or digresses from the central message in the sentence: The disagreement between the president and the treasurer (they had fought over the issue a number of times) ultimately destroyed the ...

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2 years ago

data

In formal writing, it’s probably best to treat this word as a plural. Thus: the data are.The singular is datum, but in nonscientific circles, you’ll probably sound pretentious if you use datum.Usage panels now increasingly recognize that data can...

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2 years ago

appreciate - correct spelling

appreciate verbExample: Surely you can appreciate the gravity of the situation.Example: The art collection will appreciate in value....

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2 years ago

different - correct spelling

different adjectiveGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses different from vs. different than. Click here for that discussion.Example: We took a different route to see some new scenery....

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2 years ago

interest - correct spelling

interest - noun and verb  Example: His interest in science led to a career in medicine. nounExample: The bank charged interest for the loan. nounExample: The new book will interest those who believe in UFOs. verb...

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2 years ago

precedence - correct spelling

precedence - noun  Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses precedence and precedent. Click here for that discussion.Example: The applications arriving first will receive precedence....

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2 years ago

undoubtedly - correct spelling

adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: She will undoubtedly accept the appointment....

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2 years ago

insipid - vocabulary

adjectiveLacking interesting, stimulating, or distinctive qualities, as in an insipid, boring speaker; without a sufficient taste to be pleasing, as in an insipid meal. Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her time with her two e...

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2 years ago

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