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Category: Nouns

What Is a Noun Clause?

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2022, at 6:00 am

American English grammar includes many components we use every day but may not always examine. For instance, you probably say, write, and hear noun clauses constantly even if you wouldn't be instantly ready to explain what they are. In this article we'll review the definition of a noun clause. We'll also look at its parts …

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Dangling Infinitives

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 6:00 am

Clear communication in writing depends on more than precise punctuation and word choice. It also relies on proper placement of modifiers. If related elements are not in proximity or the sentence does not otherwise make internal references clear, we will have a statement such as the following: To avoid an accident while driving at night, …

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Types of Nouns

Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 6:00 am

We know that a noun in English is a person, place, or thing that functions as a subject or an object in a sentence. A noun also can operate as a subject or object complement or as an appositive. Nouns can further be grouped into types of nouns: common nouns (concrete, abstract, collective) proper nouns …

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Plural Possessive Noun

Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 6:00 am

A plural possessive noun is a plural noun that indicates ownership of something. Example The dog's food is in the bag on the floor. (singular possessive: one dog) The dogs' food is in the bag on the floor. (plural possessive: multiple dogs) In the two sentences, the nouns dog and dogs are neither the subjects …

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Efficacy or Efficiency: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, December 3, 2021, at 6:00 am

The words efficacy and efficiency are so similar in how they are spelled, pronounced, and used that they can be confused for each other. There is a difference, though. If you've ever wondered how to distinguish efficacy from efficiency, we'll leave you with a greater understanding in today's post. The Meaning of the Word Efficacy …

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Podium vs. Lectern vs. Pulpit: What Are the Differences?

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2021, at 6:00 am

Let's say you need to stand and deliver a speech tonight. Will you be behind the podium, lectern, or pulpit? Most of us have heard these words, and we generally understand they relate to public speaking. However, some of us might be uncertain about the distinctions among a podium, a lectern, and a pulpit. We'll …

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A While vs. Awhile: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted on Friday, November 19, 2021, at 6:00 am

A while and awhile both sound the same when spoken aloud, leading some to think that the two are the same or that one is a misspelling of the other. The two constructions—one as a two-word phrase and the other as a single word—mean different things. In today's post, we will explain the difference so …

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Anymore or Any More: Which One Is Correct?

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 6:00 am

When our favorite football team is losing often, do we write that we can't handle any more losses by them—or that we can't handle anymore losses by them? We might get confused about whether to use one word or two when we're expressing such an idea in American English. The two treatments (any more and …

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Than vs. Then: Your Grammar Edge

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 6:00 am

Than and then look and sound alike, and both are used in casual conversation all the time. Because of their similarity, they can sometimes be tricky to keep straight, especially in writing. In today's post we'll review the differences between than and then so you know how to use both correctly within your communications. The …

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What Is a Noun Phrase?

Posted on Friday, September 3, 2021, at 6:00 am

A noun phrase is group of two or more words that function as a subject, an object, or a prepositional object in a sentence. The phrase is led by a noun and joined by one or more modifiers that can come before the noun or after it. For example, if you write the man with …

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