Phrasal Verbs and Phrasal Nouns

A phrasal verb is a verb consisting of two or more words—a verb and (usually) a preposition or a particle—that, […]

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A Guide to Terminal Punctuation

This post outlines the functions of punctuation marks employed at the end of a sentence: the period, the exclamation point, […]

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Sense and Sensibility

This post lists and defines words derived from the Latin verb sentire, meaning “feel” or “perceive.” The direct descendant of […]

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A Guide to Nouns

A noun was traditionally described as “a person, place, or thing,” but some definitions further specify what can constitute a […]

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A Guide to Vertical Lists

A recent post described how to organize and format in-line lists, those that occur within a sentence. This one explains […]

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Cars and Carriages

Car and carriage, and many other words containing the element car, derive from the Latin word carrus, meaning “two-wheeled wagon.” […]

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A Guide to Internal Punctuation

This post outlines the functions of punctuation marks employed within a sentence: the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and ellipses. […]

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10 Ways to Render Sentences More Concise

This post details various strategies for reducing and simplifying sentences. 1. Sentence Combination Avoid consecutive sentences that end and begin, […]

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A Guide to Abbreviations

Abbreviations are a sometimes necessary evil, but with the power to employ them comes great responsibility. This post outlines types […]

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Idioms About Units of Measure

A number of idiomatic expressions refer (often hyperbolically, or with lighthearted exaggeration) to units of English measure to describe something […]

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