Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:47:42 +0000
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThough there are hundreds of figures of speech, here we'll focus on just 20 of the most common figures.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZComing up with a good topic can be one of the hardest parts of composing an essay. These 400 topic suggestions should make that job a little easier.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZUnderstanding the meanings of the common suffixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words that we encounter.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThere's more than one way to write a good introductory paragraph. Here are 13 opening strategies with examples from a wide range of professional writers.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZOne of the keys to good writing is understanding the countless ways in which basic sentence structures can be combined and arranged.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA participial phrase is a word group consisting of a present or past participle and any modifiers, objects, and complements.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThese five paragraphs--three by students, two by professional writers--respond to the guidelines in the project How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA thesis statement is a sentence in an essay, report, or speech that identifies the main idea and/or central purpose of the text.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZSo you think you know grammar? That's all well and good, but which type of grammar do you know? Consider these 10 varieties of grammar--and take your pick.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZSentence structure (or syntax) is the arrangement of words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAt least one of these 50 topic suggestions should remind you of an incident that you can recount in a clearly organized narrative essay or speech.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZOxymorons are often found in literature, but as shown by this list of 100 awfully good examples, they are also part of our everyday speech.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZLanguage is a human system of communication that uses arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZEnjoy this brief introduction to linguistics and its many subfields.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZHomonyms are two or more words that have the same sound or spelling but differ in meaning.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZEnglish grammar is the set of principles or rules dealing with the word structures (morphology) and sentence structures (syntax) of the English language.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAffirmative sentence is a traditional grammatical term for any statement that is positive, not negative.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZDiscourse analysis is the study of the ways in which language is used in texts and contexts.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA declarative sentence is a sentence in the form of a statement (in contrast to a command, a question, or an exclamation).
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThese 50 prompts are meant to help you discover a topic for an essay or speech developed by process analysis.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAn imperative sentence gives advice or instructions or expresses a request or command. Read these examples of imperative sentences.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZUnderstanding the meanings of the common prefixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words. This table defines and illustrates 35 common prefixes.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA consonant is a letter of the alphabet that represents a speech sound produced by a constriction of the speech organs.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn transformational grammar, a kernel sentence is a simple declarative construction with only one verb.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAs this rich collection of 99 metaphors demonstrates, love has been compared to everything from a jewel to an exploding cigar.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAn introductory paragraph is the opening paragraph in a conventional essay or composition.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn this table you'll find 50 of the most frequently used contractions in English.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZPart of speech is a traditional term for one of the eight categories into which words are classified according to their functions in sentences.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZFor those who need a little refresher, here are 12 of the most common informal logical fallacies.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA compound sentence is a sentence that contains at least two independent clauses.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn English morphology, an inflectional morpheme is a suffix that's added to a word to assign a particular grammatical property to that word.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZPolysemy is the association of one word with two or more distinct meanings.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word or root, serving to form a new word or functioning as an inflectional ending.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn morphology, a derivational morpheme is an affix that's added to a word to create a new word or a new form of a word.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZExpository writing is a pedagogical term for any form of writing that conveys information and explains ideas.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA complex sentence is a sentence that contains an independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZFree variation is an alternative pronunciation of a word that doesn't affect the word's meaning.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZDescriptive writing calls for close attention to details. To help you get started here are 40 topic suggestions for a descriptive paragraph or essay.
2017-02-26T11:47:42Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" > The word rhetoric
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA subordinating conjunction is a conjunction (a connecting word or phrase) that introduces a dependent clause, joining it to a main clause.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA simple sentence is a sentence with only one independent clause.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThis checklist should serve as a helpful guide when it comes time to revise your writing.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZOne way to begin studying basic sentence structures is to consider the parts of speech. Learn the names and basic functions of these sentence parts.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA morpheme is a meaningful linguistic unit (a word or a word element) that cannot be divided into smaller meaningful parts.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThese charts list some of the most common homonyms, homophones, and homographs in English.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZGenerally, it makes more sense to define a verb by what it does rather than by what it is. Here we'll consider some of the more common functions of verbs.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZLet's consider 10 conventional types of nouns--or more precisely, some of the different ways of grouping nouns in terms of their forms, functions, and meanings.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZProcess analysis is a method of paragraph or essay development by which a writer explains step by step how something is done or how to do something.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZHere's a basic three-step model you can follow when organizing a descriptive paragraph.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate. A clause is either independent or dependent.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZFor ideas on how to compose a descriptive paragraph or essay, spend some time studying these guidelines, topic suggestions, exercises, and readings.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn phonetics, a diphthong is a vowel in which there is a noticeable sound change within the same syllable.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA sentence is the largest independent unit of grammar: it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIf you're asked by your instructor to compose an essay or speech developed with examples, these 40 topic suggestions should help you get started.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA preposition shows the relationship between other words in a sentence. Here are brief answers to some common questions about prepositions and prepositional phrases.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAll of us, every day, speak, write, and think in metaphors. Here are 13 types of metaphors, with links to examples and extended definitions.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA rhetorical situation is the context of a rhetorical act, made up (at a minimum) of a rhetor, an issue (or exigence), a medium, and an audience.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAn interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks a question.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn linguistics, affixation is the process of adding a morpheme to a word to create either (a) a different form of that word, or (b) a new word.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZSome of the following topic suggestions emphasize causes; others focus on effects. But keep in mind that these two approaches are closely related.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA modal (or modal auxiliary) is a verb that combines with another verb to indicate mood or tense.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThe simple past tense is a verb tense indicating action that occurred in the past and which does not extend into the present.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA bound morpheme is a morpheme (or word element), usually a prefix or suffix, that cannot stand alone as a word.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn almost every profession these days, effective communication is a critical skill--or rather, a combination of critical skills. These 10 articles will show you how to improve those skills.
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2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAn adverb is the part of speech (or word class) primarily used to modify a verb, adjective, or other adverb.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAn exclamatory sentence is a sentence that expresses strong feelings by making an exclamation.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn composition, chronological order is a method of organization in which actions or events are presented as they occur (or occurred) in time.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZWhat's the difference between a metaphor and a simile? personification and apostrophe? understatement and litotes? alliteration and assonance? Find out here.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThese 60 topic suggestions for an extended definition essay can be developed in various ways and from different points of view.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA verb is the part of speech (or word class) that describes an action or occurrence or indicates a state of being.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZDefinitions, discussions, and examples of written compositions in English.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA prefix is a letter or group of letters attached to the beginning of a word that partly indicates its meaning.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThis assignment will give you practice in composing a narrative essay based on personal experience--sometimes called a personal statement.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIf you're stuck for something to write about, use these hints, snippets, cues, and clues to prod your memory and get started.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn morphology, derivation is the process of creating a new word out of an old word, usually by adding a prefix or a suffix.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAn outline is a plan for--or a summary of--a writing project or speech.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZMorphology is the branch of linguistics (and one of the major components of grammar) that studies word structures, especially in terms of morphemes.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA rhetorical question is a question asked merely for effect with no answer expected.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZAcademic writing refers to the forms of expository prose used by researchers to convey a body of information about a particular subject.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZExpand your vocabulary by studying this list of 30 of the most common Greek and Latin root words.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA summary is a shortened version of a text that highlights its key points.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZFollow these 10 tips to keep your email messages clear, concise, professional, and polite.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZThese 40 topic suggestions for a comparison and contrast essay should serve as starting points to help you discover some fresh ideas on your own.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn composition, a method for analyzing and writing about a topic by identifying a problem and proposing one or more solutions.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn linguistics, word-formation refers to the ways in which new words are made on the basis of other words or morphemes.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn composition, spatial order is a method of organization in which details are presented as they are (or were) located in space.
2017-02-26T11:47:42Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In speech-act
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZConcord is another term for grammatical agreement between two words in a sentence.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA metaphor is a figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA consonant cluster is a group of two or more consonant sounds that come before, after, or between vowels.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZLexical meaning refers to the meaning of a word (or, more precisely, a lexeme) as it appears in a dictionary.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA register is one of the many styles or varieties of language determined by such factors as social occasion, purpose, and audience.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA topic sentence is a sentence, sometimes at the beginning of a paragraph, that states or suggests the main idea (or topic) of a passage.
2017-02-26T11:47:42Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition The
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2017-02-26T11:47:42ZIn common usage, a figure of speech is the opposite of a literal expression. In rhetoric, it's a type of figurative language, such as metaphor and hyperbole.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZA topic is the particular issue or idea that serves as the subject of a paragraph, essay, report, or speech.
2017-02-26T11:47:42ZEnglish 101 should be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding courses in your college life. But to succeed in anything, it helps to be prepared.