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Using Gender-Neutral Alternatives
Are you sexist or gender-biased? Of course not.
 In 1776, Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase “all men are created equal,” and his words have become a cornerstone of our shared value system.&n…
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…
Deductive vs. Inductive Reasoning: Which is the Logical Choice?
Are you a logical person?
Do you weigh the facts before you decide?
Do you trust your gut?
Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
In the branch of philosophy called logic, we study the laws of…
Figure of Speech
Figures of Words are called Tropes, and consist in a word's being employed to signify something that is different from its original meaning; so that by altering the word, we destroy the figure.
Wh…
Appraise vs. Apprise
Keep me apprised on what the jeweler says after appraising the family jewels.English language is an amazing mixture of words and phrases but sometimes we just fail to understand and tell apart some w…
arrogate - vocabulary
arrogate - verb To take, demand, or claim, especially presumptuously or without reasons or grounds. This second source of men, while yet but few, . . . Shall lead their lives, and mu…
abase - vocabulary
abase - verb To deprive of esteem, to diminish a person’s self-worth or effectiveness; to degrade or demean; to humble, humiliate, mortify; to bring low, take down a peg. When metast…
efface - vocabulary
efface - verb To wipe out, do away with, obliterate, expunge, as in She effaced her most dreadful memories.
Note: The related terms self-effacement and self-effacing mean to keep …
myriad - vocabulary
noun
A vast indefinite number.
adjective
Innumerable. Note: Throughout most of its history in English myriad was used as a noun, as in a myriad of men. In the 19th century i…
repute - vocabulary
noun
Estimation in the view of others; reputation, as in a house of ill repute.
verb
To believe a person or thing to be as specified; to regard.
Note: The verb form reput…
Group Nouns - “majority do” or “majority does”?
Another problem of subject-verb disagreement arises when the subject of the sentence is a group noun, also called a collective noun, that is, a word describing a bunch of people or things, such as gr…
4. Demonstrative Pronouns
Four Important Words: This, That, These, and Those
These four words can serve as demonstrative pronouns or as demonstrative adjectives. This, That, These, Those - Pronouns
Gender - Masculine, Feminine, Neuter
He or She
Our forbears on the Pronoun Committee had a sinister goal in mind: They set out to wreak havoc on people in the late 1900s and early 2000s. They invented one set of pron…
premise - vocabulary
noun
A proposition on which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn. In law, premises refers to land and buildings on the land.
verb
To assume or state as a proposition in a…
meticulous - vocabulary
adjective
Taking extreme care with minute details; precise; thorough. Moreover, in his tremendous prophecy of this kingdom which was to make all men one together in God, Jesus had small patience f…
Pour vs. Pour
Take a look at the above two sentences. One of them is not correct. Can you identify which one? Pore and pour are homophones which means that they both rhyme with each other but their meanings and s…
Born vs. Borne
An African-born man lost everything when his predictions were not borne out in reality.Homophones are a pair of words that have the same sounds, same or similar spellings but entirely different spell…
militate, mitigate - vocabulary
verb
Militate: to influence strongly. The word militate is intransitive and is usually accompanied by the preposition against. For if it happened that an individual, even when asl…
Chiasmus and Antimetabole
Chiasmus
Chiasmus (pronounced ki-AZ-muss) is an ancient literary device, as old as ancient Greek verse and Hebrew scripture, which when used appropriately can be an effective way to transform yo…
Plurals of Nouns
Notice that words are characterized as nouns by their ability to form plurals. (Some pronouns have this ability as well, e.g., other and others.) You will form the plural for most nouns by adding ‑s …
pursuit - correct spelling
pursuit - noun  
Example: The sheriff and his men were in hot pursuit.
obsequious - vocabulary
adjective
Showing a servile or fawning readiness to fall in with the wishes or will of another; overly deferential. What guest at Dives’s table can pass the familiar house without a sigh?—the fami…
pernicious - vocabulary
adjective
Causing serious ruin or harm; injurious; deadly. The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia…
Dual vs. Duel
Dual and duel are a pair of homophones which means that both the words spell and sound almost similar but their meanings are entirely different from each other. Homophones are usually the cause of co…
Verb Function 1 - Conjugated Verb
The conjugated verb performs the most crucial role in English: It forms the sentence. Without the conjugated verb, we would have no complete grammatical sentences.
When conjugated, the verb forms …


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