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  • LEARNING

    To whom it may concern

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 14/12/2010

    » Two pronouns that may cause confusion or raise questions on how and when to use each properly are "who" and "whom". To begin, it is important to recognise the difference between subjects and objects in order to know whether to use "who" or "whom". You use "who" when referring to the subject of a clause, and "whom" when referring to the object of a clause. Let's look at some examples that can help to provide additional clarification.

  • LEARNING

    Pain-free contractions

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 21/09/2010

    » As previously discussed, apostrophes are not only used to show possession, but are also used in contractions. In a contraction, two words are combined, leaving out some letters and replacing them with an apostrophe. Contractions are most commonly used when speaking and in informal writing, though they are less common in academic writing. To use an apostrophe to create a contraction, place the apostrophe where the omitted letter(s) would go. Here are some examples:

  • LEARNING

    Articles of interest

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 10/08/2010

    » What are articles? Articles are similar to adjectives, and, like adjectives, articles modify nouns. English has three articles: "the" and "a/an". "The" is used to refer to specific or particular nouns; "a" and "an" are used to modify non-specific or non-particular nouns.

  • LEARNING

    Possession apostrophes

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 07/09/2010

    » Educators often see misplaced apostrophes in students' writing, and students often hesitantly add them, relying on chance rather than knowledge. Let's add some clarity to the apostrophe misunderstanding!

  • LEARNING

    Compound sentences made easy

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 13/07/2010

    » A compound sentence is two simple sentences joined together with a comma and a coordinating conjunction. Never forget to add the comma. The coordinating conjunctions (CC) are: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. These CCs can be remembered with the mnemonic "fanboys". The acronym comes from for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

  • LEARNING

    Appositive experience

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 29/06/2010

    » An appositive is a word or group of words that adds information to a sentence by renaming nouns - defining or summarising them. Appositives are an excellent tool to introduce sentence variety, giving writers more ways to combine information and embed it in a sentence.

  • LEARNING

    All ready to study grammar

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 18/05/2010

    » Let's face it! English can be confusing. Many English words are similar in sight or sound, but possess very different meanings. While it is difficult to completely avoid making mistakes in English, here are some tips that might help prevent a few common errors.

  • LEARNING

    Either/or and neither/nor

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 01/06/2010

    » The English words either and neither can cause confusion. However, neither construction is very difficult once learned.

  • LEARNING

    Don't lose accuracy with loose grammar

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 20/04/2010

    » The words loose and lose are often mixed up and misused in place of one another. Many people write loose when they really mean lose. Perhaps the source of confusion is related to the obvious visual resemblance, or occasionally shared verb status.

  • LEARNING

    Which is it: 'It is I' or 'It is me'?

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 23/02/2010

    » The grammar police caught US President Barack Obama improperly using the two English pronouns "I" and "me" in public speeches. Since his election, the president has been bluntly criticised by grammarian bloggers for using "I" instead of "me" in phrases like "a very personal decision for Michelle and I" , "the main disagreement between John and I" and "graciously invited Michelle and I".

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