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improvident - vocabulary

adjectiveLacking foresight; incautious; neglecting to provide for future needs. In the House of Representatives late this afternoon a sensational appeal was made by Representative John J. Fitzgerald of New York to vote against improvident and imprope...

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4 years ago

The Awful “Like” Word – Part I

If you have a “like” habit, the time has come: Break it. Many people cannot make it through a single sentence without scores of “I’m like” and “She was like” and “She’s all . . . .” For good measure, they throw in the like...

added by edgood
4 years ago

Commas and Elliptical Expressions

Use a CommaUse a comma to show the omission of a word or words readily understood from context: In Illinois, there are seventeen such institutions; in Ohio, twenty-two; in Indiana, three. ExceptionThere is an exception. When, in spite of the omission...

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4 years ago

climactic, climatic

Climactic relates to the word climax as in “the climactic scene” of a movie.Climatic relates to the weather as in “climatic conditions.”Example: The climatic conditions were ripe for a heavy rainfall, but no one expected the flood that led to...

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4 years ago

annual - correct spelling

annual adjectiveExample: We need to study General Motors’ annual report....

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4 years ago

desiccate - correct spelling

desiccate verbExample: The burning sun will desiccate the new plants in her garden....

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4 years ago

influential - correct spelling

influential - adjective  Example: She is an influential lawmaker in the state legislature....

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4 years ago

political - correct spelling

political - adjective  Example: The political debate lasted far into the night....

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4 years ago

tough - correct spelling

adjective, adverb, noun, and verbExample: He’s a tough man to work for. adjectiveExample: He acted tough. adverbExample: He’s one of the local toughs. nounExample: He’ll have to tough it out. verb...

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4 years ago

impugn - vocabulary

verbTo challenge as false, cast doubt upon. “This was a great N.Y.P.D. officer who dedicated himself—put his life in harm’s way hundreds of times during his career—and you can use your own definition,” Mr. [Michael R.] Bloomberg said at a n...

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4 years ago

Commas with Quotation Marks

Comma Goes Inside YouWhen the context calls for a comma at the end of material enclosed in quotation marks, the comma should be placed inside the quotation marks: We should study the report on "discrimination in the workplace," which was written by t...

added by edgood
4 years ago

clothes, cloths

Clothes are something you wear. Cloths are the bolts of fabric that might ultimately become your clothes. Cloth can be used to describe a very characteristic type of clothing worn in a specific profession or position. The term “man of the cloth” ...

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4 years ago

anoint - correct spelling

anoint verbExample: The nurse tried to anoint the patient’s sores with a cream. ...

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4 years ago

desirable - correct spelling

desirable adjectiveExample: The company found a desirable location for its new store....

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4 years ago

information - correct spelling

information - noun  Example: The attachment to the email provided the information we needed....

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4 years ago

population - correct spelling

population - noun  Example: The U.S. population now exceeds 300 million....

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4 years ago

tournament - correct spelling

nounExample: Carolina won the NCAA basketball tournament....

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4 years ago

impute - vocabulary

verbTo ascribe or attribute, as in She imputed special powers to the new software program. Kings are much to be pitied, who, misled by weak ministers, and deceived by wicked favourites, run into political errors, which involve their families in ruin:...

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4 years ago

Education vs. Experience: Where to Place What, Where on Your Resume

When it comes to deciding if you should place education before experience or vice versa on your resume, the truth of the matter is that it depends on a number of considerations. Regardless of how you proceed, however, you’ll need to do more tha...

added by dave_landry
4 years ago

Chapter 3 - Semicolon

IntroductionTop writers do not use the semicolon as much today as they did in the past. As a matter of style, you should try to avoid using too many sentences consisting of two independent clauses joined by a semicolon. The mark does have its uses, h...

added by edgood
4 years ago

coarse, course

Coarse means “common,” “rough,” or “vulgar.” Course implies movement over time or over a predetermined route. The phrases “in due course,” “matter of course,” and “of course” are all built on this meaning. A course is also a s...

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4 years ago

another - correct spelling

another pronoun and adjectiveExample: The beer was flat, so he opened another. pronounExample: He ordered another piece of cake. adjective ...

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4 years ago

despair - correct spelling

despair noun and verbExample: The irresponsible young boy was the despair of his parents and friends. nounExample: In deep depression, she sank into utter despair. nounExample: The flood caused us to despair of any hope of recovery. verb...

added by edgood
4 years ago

ingenious - correct spelling

ingenious - adjective  Not ingenius. Not ingenuous.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses ingenuous and ingenious. Click here for that discussion.See genius.Example: Her ingenious invention will save many lives....

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4 years ago

portray - correct spelling

portray - verb  Example: She will portray the events in a positive light....

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4 years ago

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