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 […]
Let’s share a secret that all great writers are already aware of: you’ve got to get your reader hooked from the off. In fact, every line must leave the reader wanting more, but it is the first sentence that must make the biggest impact. This may always have been true, but we live in the […]
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 […]
Put simply, an adjective modifies a noun. Examples: John is a tall man. It is a yellow bag. They are also typically used with stative verbs (non-actions) that express opinions, senses etc. These are known as predicate adjectives. Examples: I feel tired. The soup smells delicious. Adjectives can be identified as any word that helps […]
As with adjectives, adverbs are descriptors which are used to compliment another word (or words). Usually these other words are verbs, adjectives or other adverbs.
Also known as exclamation points, an exclamation mark is used to punctuate sentences. Placed at the end of a sentence, it is not as commonly used as periods or question marks. As they are not many rules regarding exclamation marks, it is quite easy to use.