The Punctuation Guide The period is perhaps the easiest punctuation mark to master. It ends a sentence. Difficulty generally arises only when the period is used with other punctuation marks. Careful, writers! 10 common words with opposite meanings The English language is full of words with uncommon properties. There are backronyms, metaplasms, and neologisms. My favorite words of unusual properties are contranyms, or words that are spelled the same, but have two opposite meanings. These words are also known as Janus words, named after the Roman god of gates and doorways and of beginnings and endings. Janus words teach us the importance of context and bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “use it in a sentence.” Here are a few examples:
Tell time 1 minute ago: Someone had problem at level 4. A quarter to which took 10 seconds. 3 minutes ago: Someone had problem at level 3. Hours and half-hours which took 4 minutes. 7 minutes ago: Someone got all questions correct at level 2. Half-hours which took 3 minutes. Idioms – as clear as mud? Miranda Steel is a freelance ELT lexicographer and editor. She has worked as a Senior Editor for dictionaries for learners at OUP and has also worked for COBUILD. In this post, she looks at some of the weird and wonderful idioms in the English language. Idioms are commonly used in spoken and written English. They add colour and interest to what we are saying. Character and Personality Adjectives - Tasks Here you can find the list of adjectives that describe character and personality Look at the following words which are used to describe a person’s character. Make two columns of positive and negative ones of them: cock-sure honest aggressive two-faced sensitive foolish stupid open trustworthy industrious strong charming vigorous dull thoughtful
Writer Creates “Color Thesaurus” To Help You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable Ingrid Sundberg, a writer and children’s book illustrator, created a very useful infographic chart for anyone struggling with color names. The writer says that she loves to collect words that can help give her stories variety and depth. “I’ve learned that we all have different associations with color words,” Sundberg told Bored Panda. “For example the color sapphire is a light blue to me (since that’s the color of the sapphire on my engagement ring), but a sapphire can also be a very dark blue. I doubt there can be an ‘official color guide,’ as color is so subjective.” Regardless of the subjectivity of color, however, Sundberg’s guide will help expand your descriptive vocabulary beyond green, red and blue.
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'Ogooglebar' ... and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately Köttrymd! In other words, everything's better in Swedish. (Oliver Hoffman/Shutterstock) Today brought the news that Google has officially objected to one of the best words that has ever graced this planet: ogooglebar, which translates -- if such a glorious word must be subjugated to the indignities of translation -- to "ungoogleable." That the wondrous word is Swedish is unsurprising. Many of the world's most delightful expressions, it seems -- among them smörgåsbord, sliddersladder ("gossip"), and kackerlacka ("cockroach") -- are, indeed, Swedish in origin. 25 Common Phrases That You're Saying Wrong Being a freelance writer, I often find myself messing up common phrases. When I’m unsure, I do a quick Google search to make sure that what I’m writing is actually what I’m trying to say. This inspired me to come up with a list of common phrases that people frequently get wrong. Some of them aren’t completely our fault because the incorrect way of saying them has actually become the “norm”.
Linking Words — A complete List of English Connecting Words Linking & Connecting Words It is essential to understand how Linking Words, as a part of speech, can be used to combine ideas in writing - and thus ensure that ideas within sentences and paragraphs are elegantly connected - for the benefit of the reader. This will help to improve your writing (e.g. essay, comment, summary (scientific) review, (research) paper, letter, abstract, report, thesis, etc.). It is also fundamental to be aware of the sometimes subtle meaning of these "small" words within the English language. "Linking Words" is used as a term to denote a class of English words which are employed to link or connect parts of speech or even whole sentences. They are also called connecting words.
Current Topics for English Conversation with partners and friends Skills Speaking Listening Reading If You've Never Used These English Idioms, You're Probably Not a Native Engli... Those of us who grew up with English as our first language have been exposed to idioms and idiomatic expressions for most of our lives. They may have confused us a little when we were children, but explanation and constant exposure not only increased our understanding of them, but likely drew them into our own vernacular. If you’re in the process of learning the English language, you may come across some of these and not be entirely sure what they mean. Here’s a list of 20 that you’re likely to come across fairly often:
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