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List of Homonyms
Note: Some references use the term Homonyms more broadly, to refer to homographs (words spelled the same as each other but pronounced differently) or homophones (words spelled differently but pronoun…
Linking Verbs
In point of fact, the verb to be is also a linking verb. But I prefer to put be in a category all by itself and then treat linking verbs separately. We learned above that the verb to be can connect a…
There are many parts of a sentence that you would have learned in about in school. Some of them are common and easy to remember like nouns, verbs and adjectives etc. but there are some that we forget…
Conjunctive Adverb
The word conjunction means to connect or link two things together. You would have heard about conjunctions in grammar too. In grammar they do what they literally mean; connect words or sentences.In t…
Frequently Asked Questions
A lot or Alot?
A or An?
Accept or Except?
Acronyms and Initialisms?
Active or Passive Verbs?
Affect or Effect?
All Ready or Already?
Allusion or Illusion?
Among or Am…
linking verb
A linking verb is also called a copula or copulative verb. It shows no action. Instead, it links the grammatical subject usually to an adjective, sometimes to a noun. All the verbs denoting the five …
Travelled vs. Traveled
Lee travelled to the Middle East during vacations. Or had she traveled? Travel, a simple and common word of English, when used in its derivative forms can be written in two ways; with a single l or w…
How to Come Up with a Niche and Ways to Make Your Blog Thrive
Don’t Rush
Regardless of your reason for creating one, the overall topic of your blog should be something you're passionate about. However, it’s important that you take things slow and come up wit…
Subject Complement
You would have come across the word complement a thousand times while reading, listening or writing English language. Or you could also have read or heard its synonym compliment and are well aware of…
Casual vs. Causal
Casual – ·        to not take something very seriously. Example – he has a very casual attitude towards work. ·        Somethin…
New vs. Knew
If two or more words sound the same when spoken out loud, but have different meanings, they are called homophones. Be careful not to confuse homophones with homographs, which also have different mean…
Favor vs. Favour
Languages can shift over time, even in different parts of the world. Many differences in spelling and usage have grown prominent between British and American English. Favor and favour, for instance, …
Effective vs. Affective
Another pair of words that can generate a lot of confusion if used wrongly, is represented by “effective” and “affective”. Misspelling or replacing them one with the other is an often mistake, easy t…
Theater vs. Theatre
Should we go watch a movie in a theatre or a theater? English learners and speakers sometimes find it confusing when there are two spellings of a single word on their minds and they can’t choose whic…
Defuse vs. Diffuse
The bomb squad defused the bomb and contained the gas before it diffused in the air.English as a language never stops to amaze its learners. As easy as it might be, there are times when you find your…
GrammaRight - Clickable Help for Writers
What Is GrammaRight?
GrammaRight is a series of HTML help files. They contain virtually all the content you find here at If you want grammar sources you can print, then you should dow…
weak - correct spelling
Example: He’s the weak link in our office.
See week.
no-action verb
All main verbs divide into two broad categories: action verbs (transitive and intransitive) and no-action verbs (the verb to be and linking verbs).
The verb to be, as a main verb, joins the gramma…
Compound Adjectives - Decision to Hyphenate
Facilitate Reading
We hyphenate words to facilitate reading and prevent ambiguity. For example, one rule says to hyphenate adjectives formed by a noun plus an -ing verb when it co…
Colon and Independent Clauses
Colon Acts like a Period
Many writers use the colon between two independent clauses, especially when the subject matter of the second clause expands on, or exemplifies, the subjec…
Chapter 13 - The “Like” Word
“Like, I’mlike gonna learn how to like talk.”
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 …
The “Like” Word
Like, Wow!
The word doing the most damage to the communicative “skills” of young people today happens to be a preposition … the word like. It also happens to be a noun, a verb, an…
A Summary of Verbs
We’re going to return to verbs in more detail below, but now let’s summarize what you’ve learned. For right now, you need to remember that all verbs break down into five groups.
A Summary …
Five Kinds of Verbs - An Overview
F. Scott Fitzgerald is quoted as saying, “All fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentence.”
Let’s look back and make certain we all understand the five kinds of verbs. Broadly, we have …

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