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toward - correct spelling

prepositionNote: Americans use toward while the British use towards.Example: He walked straight toward me....

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4 years ago

inane - vocabulary

adjectiveLacking sense, ideas, or significance; silly; empty or void. Anna made no answer. The conductor and her two fellow-passengers did not notice under her veil her panic-stricken face. She went back to her corner and sat down. The couple seated ...

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4 years ago

Semicolons and Independent Clauses

A semicolon separates two or more independent clauses joined without a coordinating conjunction: The Court required police to warn suspects of their constitutional rights; in doing so, it made judicial history.  Previous: Chapter 3 - Semicolon N...

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4 years ago

compliment, complement

A compliment is a statement of praise or good wishes. A complement is something that goes well with another or completes it. In these meanings, the words act as nouns.Both words can also be used as verbs. To compliment means "to say something nice, t...

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4 years ago

answer - correct spelling

answer noun and verbExample: Please send me your answer soon. nounExample: She had to answer her cell phone during the opera. verb ...

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desperate - correct spelling

desperate adjectiveExample: The desperate criminal tried to take a hostage....

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ingenuous - correct spelling

ingenuous - adjective  Not ingenious.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses ingenuous and ingenious. Click here for that discussion.Example: The thief’s ingenuous smile belied his true intentions....

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portrayal - correct spelling

portrayal - noun  Example: His portrayal of the king impressed the critics....

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towards - correct spelling

See toward...

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inanimate - vocabulary

adjectiveLacking the qualities associated with living organisms; sluggish, dull. “Do you call that happiness—the ownership of human beings?” cried Miss Stackpole. “He owns his tenants, and he has thousands of them. It is pleasant to own somet...

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“However” and Other Conjunctive Adverbs

Conjunctive AdverbsConjunctive adverbs include however, therefore, thus, furthermore, and others.If you use a conjunctive adverb to join two independent clauses (compound sentence), then use a semicolon, followed by the conjunctive adverb, followed b...

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4 years ago

comprise, constitute, compose

Comprise means “to be composed of” or “to contain.” Constitute means “to be one of the parts of” something. You could say that the parts constitute the whole and the whole comprises the parts.According to the traditional rule, the whole c...

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4 years ago

antiseptic - correct spelling

antiseptic noun and adjectiveExample: To heal the abrasion, the doctor applied an antiseptic. nounExample: The author covered up the facts and wrote an antiseptic history. adjective ...

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4 years ago

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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4 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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4 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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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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

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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4 years ago

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