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Using The Singular ‘They’: Why It Is Important

Using The Singular ‘They’: Why It Is Important

English is not a language that traditionally deals well with gender, in that the language’s pronouns can be a little clumsy. Take this quote by Thomas Huxley as an example: Suppose the life and fortune of every one of us would depend on his winning or losing a game of chess. Unfortunately, the traditional means […]

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Pronouns

Pronouns

Pronouns replace common or proper nouns in clauses or sentences where repetition is to be avoided (known as antecedents), or something is obvious in context.

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Verbs

Verbs

Verbs are an integral part of every clause and sentence as they are the words that express the situation or action. Verbs are they conjugated to represent tense. The five forms of verbs are as follows: Base form – see Third-person singular – sees Continuous or progressive participle – seeing Past form – saw Past […]

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Question Mark

Question Mark

Quite commonly used, the rules regarding question marks are very little and very easy to use.

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Parentheses and Brackets

Parentheses and Brackets

Enclosing single words, phrases or even sentences, parentheses are punctuation marks that add extra information in a sentence. Always written in pairs, they are always written within a text or paragraph.

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Nouns

Nouns

Nouns are usually things, people, names or places, but do not have to be tangible, and can be abstract in nature (such as a concept). Examples: sea (a common noun), brother (a common noun), Sarah (a proper noun), New York (a proper noun), honesty (a common noun) Proper nouns (as opposed to common nouns) are […]

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Interjections

Interjections

An interjection simply expresses an emotion as a reaction to something. Example: Wow! That’s amazing. Ouch! That hurt. In the above examples, the words wow and ouch express the speaker’s reaction to an event, the first offering surprise, the second representing pain. How to use interjections As interjections are spoken, they are inherently informal, so […]

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Hyphen

Hyphen

Used to combine words or parts of words, hyphens are unique dashes that cannot be interchanged with other dashes. When a modifier is placed before the modified word, use a hyphen in the compound modifier. To ensure if a compound word contains a hyphen, it’s best to refer to the dictionary of your choice.

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Ellipsis

Ellipsis

Ellipsis… What Are They? Originating from the Greek word that meant “omission”, an ellipsis (plural: ellipses) is used to show that something has been omitted in a sentence. Ellipsis is useful in showing omission when you are quoting someone. The reasons for using ellipsis ranges from bringing clarity to a sentence, to removing irrelevant words […]

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Comma

Comma

Commas are among the most misused and overused punctuations in the English Grammar. As there are many rules pertaining to the usage of commas, its abuse isn’t too surprising. While there are often many subtle aspects to look out for, here are the ways you can correctly use the comma.

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