Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between DATA and INFORMATION

Virtually everyone is guilty of using Data and Information interchangeably but they have different meanings. Data entails facts or details from which information is derived. Individual pieces of data are rarely useful alone. For data to become information, data needs to be put into context. Information is what is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of data. [...]

How Are You Using These English Words, ENVELOP and ENVELOPE?

How are you using and pronouncing these words? Do you think they mean the same thing, or that one is British and the other American? Hold your answers just yet, as this article seeks to envelop you in the right answers. First with the.... Definition  Envelop is a verb meaning cover, enclose, or wrap up (something). Envelope is [...]

Grammar Clinic: Agreement (Concord)

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, verb, object, adverbial) [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL Difference Between CANVASS and CANVAS

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, two workers canvassed some 2,000 voters [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between A, AN and THE

'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 be common knowledge. 1 [...]

“Be DELIBERATE When You DELIBERATE”…Do You Know Your Homonyms?

How did you read the words in quote in the headline? Perhaps, you thought the author made an error in typing? No, it's not an error, but what is called homonyms in English language. Care to have more details as provided by about.com? What Are Hononyms? The word homonym was derived from Greek and means [...]

Grammar Clinic: Figures of Speech

Figure of Speech You might have heard the expression “it’s a figure of speech,” but what does that really mean? A figure of speech is just that – figurative language. It might be words with a literal meaning, a certain arrangements of words, or a phrase with a meaning that is something entirely other than [...]

Grammar Clinic: Part of Speech (Interjection)

An Interjection is a short utterance that usually expresses emotion and is capable of standing alone. Interjections are generally considered one of the parts of speech. In writing, an interjection is sometimes followed by an exclamation point.  You might use an interjection to express surprise (Wow!), confusion (Huh?), or outrage (No!). You may use interjections in casual and in [...]

Grammar Clinic: Punctuation Marks and Punctuation Rules

PUNCTUATION MARKS Punctuation is the system of signs or symbols given to a reader to show how a sentence is constructed and how it should be read. Punctuation is used to create sense, clarity and stress in sentences. You use punctuation marks to structure and organise your writing. We use a variety of punctuation marks, [...]

Grammar Clinic: What is a Sentence?

Sentence is the largest independent unit of grammar: it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.  Sentence is defined as a group of words that expresses a complete idea and that includes a subject and a verb. Types of Sentences 1. Declarative Sentence  A declarative sentence states a fact [...]

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