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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 [...]

By |2019-11-13T05:24:06+01:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: Grammar Clinic|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between EMPATHY and SYMPATHY

Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others. It goes beyond sympathy, which is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words have similar usage but differ in their emotional meaning. Comparison chart Empathy Sympathy Definition Understanding what others are feeling because you [...]

Grammar Clinic: Keeping Up With Your English During The Holiday

Skill Focus: How to keep up with your English during the Holidays During the holidays, so many students play around and totally forget how to speak good English, they resume back to school and end up struggling with English language. The English language is permanently evolving and developing constantly as new words are created or adopted from other [...]

Grammar Clinic: Active and Passive Verbs

Active and Passive Verbs Verbs have two voices: an active voice and a passive voice. Voice as the form of a verb shows whether the subject of the verb does the action (the active voice) or whether the action is done to it (the passive voice). Active Verb  In order to write sentences with active [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between ADVICE and ADVISE

Advice and advise do not only have different meanings, but are also pronounced differently. Advise is a verb, and advice is a noun. So advice is what is given, while the act of giving advice is called advising (or to advise). Differences in usage and meaning Advice is a noun. It is a suggestion or [...]

By |2016-06-29T14:27:24+01:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: Grammar Clinic|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between COMPLEMENT and COMPLIMENT

These two words are pronounced the same, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings. COMPLIMENT (noun, verb) Compliment can be both a noun and a verb. A compliment is a positive comment about someone or something, for example: “You have beautiful eyes!” And the verb compliment (or the expression “pay someone a compliment”) [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between MORAL and MORALE

MORAL (noun / adjective) As a noun, a moral is the lesson learned from a story – often used in the expression “the moral of the story.” The plural form, morals, has a different meaning. It refers to a person’s standards of determining right and wrong behaviour: The doctor refused to perform an abortion because [...]

Grammar Clinic: Common English Grammar Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

Below are 18 common grammar mistakes I see routinely, not only in editorial queries and submissions, but in print: in blogs, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and even best selling novels. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve made each of these mistakes a hundred times, and I know some of the best authors in [...]

By |2019-11-13T03:58:51+01:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Grammar Clinic|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between YEAR-OLD and YEARS OLD

If you use a noun as an adjective, it must be singular You can say, "She is ten years old." But if you use that phrase as an adjective, it becomes, "She is a ten-year-old girl." The ceiling is ten feet high. The room has a ten-foot ceiling. My 16-year-old sister is so brilliant. A [...]

Grammar Clinic: The REAL differences between FEW/A FEW & LITTLE/A LITTLE

The terms FEW and LITTLE can really be confusing. Few is used with countable nouns (nouns that can be counted), such as coin(s) and animal(s). Little is used with uncountable nouns (nouns that cannot be counted), such as milk, time, and money. FEW vs. A FEW  "Few" means "virtually none" or "almost zero" There are [...]

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