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potato - correct spelling

potato - noun  Example: The baked potato came with sour cream....

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3 years ago

truly - correct spelling

adverbGrammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: He truly loves his wife....

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3 years ago

ingenuous, disingenuous - vocabulary

adjectiveIngenuous: candid, frank, or open in character or quality; characterized by an inability to mask feelings, not devious.Disingenuous: the dis- prefix establishes the negative; thus, not candid, not frank, not open in character or quality; ins...

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3 years ago

Colons with Quotation Marks

Colon Comes OutsideThe colon should be placed outside quotation marks. When matter ending with a colon is quoted, the colon is dropped: The employee has two objections to the practice of "early retirement": He wants to continue working, and the polic...

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3 years ago

not to mention

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

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3 years ago

appear - correct spelling

appear verbExample: A new flu strain will appear next winter....

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3 years ago

devise - correct spelling

devise verbNot device.Grammar.com’s Section on Problem Words discusses device and devise. Click here for that discussion.Example: We must devise a new plan to overcome these problems....

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3 years ago

insurance - correct spelling

insurance - noun and adjective  Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses the verb forms insure, ensure, and assure. Click here for that discussion.Example: His life insurance provided a comfortable retirement for his wife. nounExample...

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3 years ago

potatoes - correct spelling

potatoes - noun (plural of the noun potato)  Example: He grew corn, beans, and potatoes....

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3 years ago

twelfth - correct spelling

adjective and nounExample: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…. adjectiveExample: He wanted only a twelfth of the estate. noun...

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3 years ago

ingratiate - vocabulary

verbTo win confidence or good graces for oneself, especially through deliberate effort. “Yes, this is a monument he is setting up here,” said Anna, turning to Dolly with that sly smile of comprehension with which she had previously talked about t...

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3 years ago

Chapter 5 - Dash

Functions of the DashThe dash is one of the most effective punctuation marks of all. It can halt readers in their tracks—it makes them pay attention—as they read through your words of wisdom. Basically, the dash creates the biggest of the "punctu...

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3 years ago

criterion, criteria

Criterion is a singular noun that means the “standard” or “rule” used to make a judgment or decision.Criteria is the plural form of that word, although it is commonly misused as a singular word (what is your criteria?).You may use data and ag...

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3 years ago

appearance - correct spelling

appearance nounExample: The attorney plans to make an appearance in the case....

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3 years ago

dictator - correct spelling

dictator nounExample: The Korean dictator apologized for his nuclear tests....

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3 years ago

integrity - correct spelling

integrity - noun  Example: Everyone admired his integrity and wanted him to serve as mayor....

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3 years ago

practical - correct spelling

practical - adjective  Example: Let’s take a practical approach and ignore all those theories....

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3 years ago

twelve - correct spelling

noun and adjectiveExample: We ordered twelve. nounExample: The twelve men influenced the rest of history. adjective...

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3 years ago

inimical - vocabulary

adjectiveAdverse in effect or tendency, harmful, unfavorable; unfriendly, hostile. In other words, Mr. Dimmesdale, whose sensibility of nerve often produced the effect of spiritual intuition, would become vaguely aware that something inimical to his ...

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3 years ago

En and Em Dashes

Types of DashesThere are several kinds of dashes, differing from one another in length. There are en dashes (short), em dashes (medium), and 2‑ and 3‑em dashes (long). The term em dash is a printer's term meaning the width of the letter "m." The ...

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3 years ago

critique

Until the middle of the 1900s, the word critique served as a noun. But as the verb criticize began to have negative connotations, the word critique became a verb to mean “to review the good and bad aspects of someone’s work.”Example: The writin...

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3 years ago

appetite - correct spelling

appetite nounExample: The escargot should whet your appetite....

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3 years ago

dictionary - correct spelling

dictionary nounExample: She consulted the dictionary to find the meaning of the word dictionary....

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3 years ago

intellectual - correct spelling

intellectual - adjective and noun  Example: The legal field of intellectual property involves patents, trademarks, and copyrights. adjectiveExample: The intellectual urged the committee to support the new program. noun...

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3 years ago

practically - correct spelling

practically - adverb  Grammar.com's section on the Parts of Speech discusses the demise of -ly adverbs. Click here for that discussion.Example: This plan was practically useless to the company....

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3 years ago

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