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Commas and Noun Appositives

Appositive with CommasA word, phrase, or clause in apposition to a noun is usually set off by commas (dashes or parentheses might also be used): The chairman of the committee, Senator Jones, rambled on and on. The press surrounded the witness—the c...

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brought, bought

Brought is the past tense and past participle of bring, and bought is the past tense and past participle of buy meaning “purchase.” This is a common spell-checker mistake, but there should be no confusion about the meanings.Example: He brought me...

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among - correct spelling

among prepositionExample: Relax. You’re among friends.For a discussion of the Problem Words among and between, click here....

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derelict - correct spelling

derelict adjective and nounExample: We saw a derelict ship off the coast of North   Carolina. adjectiveExample: The derelict sat on the street corner and begged for spare change. noun...

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independence - correct spelling

independence - noun  Example: During college, she relished her independence from her parents....

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plight - correct spelling

plight - noun and verb  Example: We found ourselves in a terrible plight. nounExample: The groom said he would “plight thee my troth.” verb...

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tight - correct spelling

adjective and adverbExample: His tight collar increased his discomfort. adjectiveExample: Shut the door tight. adverb...

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impalpable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible; difficult for the mind to grasp easily or readily, as in impalpable distinctions. This name [Virginia Woolf] springs to one's mind because Miss [Nadine] Gordimer is a writer who...

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Commas and Coordinate Adjectives

Long, Hot SummerWhen each of two adjectives modifies the same noun, put a comma between them. As a test, put the word and between the two adjectives. If it fits, then the adjectives are called coordinate adjectives: It is going to be a long, hot summ...

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but

Don’t hesitate to start a sentence with But. It’s a coordinating conjunction, and great writers have been starting sentences with conjunctions for hundreds of years. You can remember the coordinating conjunctions by referring to the acronym BOYFA...

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amount - correct spelling

amount noun and verbExample: The federal deficit is a staggering amount. nounExample: We always knew he would amount to something. verb...

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descend - correct spelling

descend verbExample: The jet was finally able to descend and land safely....

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independent - correct spelling

independent - adjective  Example: The independent prosecutor will investigate the allegations....

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pneumonia - correct spelling

pneumonia - noun  Example: He barely survived the pneumonia....

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title - correct spelling

noun, adjective, and verbExample: The title of the book surprised him. nounExample: She played the title role. adjectiveExample: The author didn’t know how to title his new book. verb...

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impecunious - vocabulary

adjectiveHaving little or no money; penniless; poor. He was an eccentric, disheveled, toothless and impecunious lifelong bachelor, an amateur poet and musician and an autodidact able to converse knowledgeably with experts in many different fields. An...

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Sample Page

This is an example page. It's different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors. It might say s...

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Complementary or Antithetical Expressions

DefinedA complementary or antithetical expression requires a comma at its beginning and end. Perhaps I should define complementary or antithetical expressions. These are usually groups of words complementing or contrasting a preceding word and combin...

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can, may

Both words are auxiliary verbs.Our teachers in high school insisted that can expresses ability and that may grants permission. But children do not ask if they may do something. They ask if they can do something. They get this idiomatic expression fro...

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analysis - correct spelling

analysis nounThe plural is analyses.Example: The board paid attention to our analysis of the problem....

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descent - correct spelling

descent nounNot decent.Example: The bumpy descent of the plane unsettled the passengers.Example: She was proud of her Korean descent....

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indicted - correct spelling

indicted - verb (past tense and past participle of the verb indict)  Example: The grand jury indicted the corporate official for criminal fraud....

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pocket - correct spelling

pocket - noun and verb  Example: He hid the pistol in his pocket. nounExample: The poker player hopes to pocket some winnings. verb...

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together - correct spelling

adverb and adjective (slang)Example: We gathered together around the table. adverbExample: She’s a very together person. adjective (slang)...

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impervious - vocabulary

adjectiveImpenetrable, as in impervious to rain; incapable of being injured or impaired, as in impervious to wear and tear; incapable of being persuaded, influenced, or affected, as in impervious to another person’s suffering. Over the past several...

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