If you are fond of saying the same thing repeatedly by merely using different words, then you are guilty of a grammatical error called Tautology. Some people, in their efforts to emphasize their points, convey something important or even add literary beauty to a text tend to commit this error. Mind you, tautological […]
Would you believe that there are certain words and phrases, about fifty eight (58) of them that are constantly misused every day by so many people the world over? Well believe that! Now just in case you’ve been guilty of misusing some of these words, this post will help you realize your errors […]
A Phrase is a small group of related words within a sentence or clause. A phrase functions as a part of speech and includes a head (or headword), which determines the nature of the unit.
Principal Types of Phrases:
1. Adjective Phrase: A word group with an adjective as its head. This adjective may be accompanied […]
The preposition in generally refers to being inside something: Adam stood alone in the elevator. While the preposition into generally means movement toward the inside of something: Adam walked into the elevator.
But sometimes the meanings of in and into sometimes overlap.
After waiting in the hallway for twenty minutes, I finally […]
Grammar: Agreement (Concord) In English Language
Concord in broad terms means agreement between the subject and the verbs as well as other elements of the clause structure. The idea of concord in the grammar of English suggests that for an English sentence to be correct and meaningful, its constituent parts (i.e. subject, […]
A. Commonly Misspelled Words
Here are some of the reasons people misspell words.
Mispronunciation is known to be one of the most common causes of misspelling. Hence, phonetic misspelling is common, once a word is mispronounced; for example, the word “realize” may be misspelled as “relize”.
These two words are pronounced the same way and they have similar stress pattern. They also have almost the same derivatives.
A. CANVASS (verb)
canvass; 3rd person present: canvasses; past tense: canvassed; past participle:canvassed; gerund or present participle: canvassing
1a. Solicit votes from (electors or members).
Example: In each ward, […]
What is Reported Speech?
Reported speech is when you tell somebody else what you or a person said before.
Distinction must be made between direct speech and reported speech. If we report what another person has said, we usually do not use the speaker’s exact words (direct speech), but reported […]
‘A’ is used when referring to someone or something for the first time in a text or conversation.
‘An’ is the form of the indefinite article used before words beginning with a vowel sound.
‘The’ is used to refer to one or more people or things already mentioned or assumed to […]
A verb is either a linking word or an action word. A verb is the only obligatory element of a clause or sentence. A verb confers meaning on a clause or a sentence.
Types of Verb
Basically verbs are divided into two.
i. Lexical Verb
ii. Auxiliary Verb