Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:29:07 +0000
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThere'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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZComing 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZOne of the keys to good writing is understanding the countless ways in which basic sentence structures can be combined and arranged.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThough there are hundreds of figures of speech, here we'll focus on just 20 of the most common figures.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZSo 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZSentence structure (or syntax) is the arrangement of words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA participial phrase is a word group consisting of a present or past participle and any modifiers, objects, and complements.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZEnjoy this brief introduction to linguistics and its many subfields.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThese five paragraphs--three by students, two by professional writers--respond to the guidelines in the project How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZEnglish grammar is the set of principles or rules dealing with the word structures (morphology) and sentence structures (syntax) of the English language.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZUnderstanding the meanings of the common suffixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words that we encounter.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZFor those who need a little refresher, here are 12 of the most common informal logical fallacies.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZFree variation is an alternative pronunciation of a word that doesn't affect the word's meaning.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAt 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZOxymorons are often found in literature, but as shown by this list of 100 awfully good examples, they are also part of our everyday speech.
2017-01-20T11:29:07Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In speech-act
2017-01-20T11:29:07Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" > The word rhetoric
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA thesis statement is a sentence in an essay, report, or speech that identifies the main idea and/or central purpose of the text.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAn imperative sentence gives advice or instructions or expresses a request or command. Read these examples of imperative sentences.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZGenerally, 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn composition, a method for analyzing and writing about a topic by identifying a problem and proposing one or more solutions.
2017-01-20T11:29:07Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In "The Writing
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZOne way to begin studying basic sentence structures is to consider the parts of speech. Learn the names and basic functions of these sentence parts.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZLet'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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAn introductory paragraph is the opening paragraph in a conventional essay or composition.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZLexical meaning refers to the meaning of a word (or, more precisely, a lexeme) as it appears in a dictionary.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZDescriptive writing calls for close attention to details. To help you get started here are 40 topic suggestions for a descriptive paragraph or essay.
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2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAll of us, every day, speak, write, and think in metaphors. Here are 13 types of metaphors, with links to examples and extended definitions.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA preposition shows the relationship between other words in a sentence. Here are brief answers to some common questions about prepositions and prepositional phrases.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZHere's a basic three-step model you can follow when organizing a descriptive paragraph.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZUnderstanding the meanings of the common prefixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words. This table defines and illustrates 35 common prefixes.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA consonant is a letter of the alphabet that represents a speech sound produced by a constriction of the speech organs.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA declarative sentence is a sentence in the form of a statement (in contrast to a command, a question, or an exclamation).
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThis checklist should serve as a helpful guide when it comes time to revise your writing.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThese 50 prompts are meant to help you discover a topic for an essay or speech developed by process analysis.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZDiscourse analysis is the study of the ways in which language is used in texts and contexts.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA compound sentence is a sentence that contains at least two independent clauses.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA sentence is the largest independent unit of grammar: it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZLanguage is a human system of communication that uses arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThis list of 15 key concepts related to the ways we talk with one another will introduce you to the rapidly developing field of conversation analysis.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA complex sentence is a sentence that contains an independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAs this rich collection of 99 metaphors demonstrates, love has been compared to everything from a jewel to an exploding cigar.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn this table you'll find 50 of the most frequently used contractions in English.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn English morphology, an inflectional morpheme is a suffix that's added to a word to assign a particular grammatical property to that word.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZHomonyms are two or more words that have the same sound or spelling but differ in meaning.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZFind out some of the many ways in which new words have entered (and continue to enter) the English language.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIf you're stuck for something to write about, use these hints, snippets, cues, and clues to prod your memory and get started.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAffirmative sentence is a traditional grammatical term for any statement that is positive, not negative.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA simple sentence is a sentence with only one independent clause.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate. A clause is either independent or dependent.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn composition, chronological order is a method of organization in which actions or events are presented as they occur (or occurred) in time.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn writing or speech, narration is the process of recounting a sequence of events, real or imagined.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThe more we are aware of how grammar works, the more we can monitor the meaning and effectiveness of the way we and others use language.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA subordinating conjunction is a conjunction (a connecting word or phrase) that introduces a dependent clause, joining it to a main clause.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThese charts list some of the most common homonyms, homophones, and homographs in English.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZPart of speech is a traditional term for one of the eight categories into which words are classified according to their functions in sentences.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn composition, description is a rhetorical strategy using sensory details to portray a person, place, or object.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThis assignment will give you practice in composing a narrative essay based on personal experience--sometimes called a personal statement.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn speech, suprasegmental refers to a phonological property of more than one sound segment.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn phonetics, a diphthong is a vowel in which there is a noticeable sound change within the same syllable.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZEnglish 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn linguistics, a speech act is an utterance defined in terms of a speaker's intentions and the effects it has on a listener.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZPragmatics is concerned with the use of language in social contexts and the ways in which people produce and comprehend meanings through language.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZExpand your vocabulary by studying this list of 30 of the most common Greek and Latin root words.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZHere you'll learn how to identify and use subjects, verbs, and objects--which together form the basic sentence unit.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn 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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2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAn interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks a question.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZWhat's the difference between a metaphor and a simile? personification and apostrophe? understatement and litotes? alliteration and assonance? Find out here.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA 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.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZMorphology is the branch of linguistics (and one of the major components of grammar) that studies word structures, especially in terms of morphemes.
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2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA compound-complex sentence is a sentence with two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent clause.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAn exclamatory sentence is a sentence that expresses strong feelings by making an exclamation.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIf you're asked by your instructor to compose an essay or speech developed with examples, these 40 topic suggestions should help you get started.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZSome of the following topic suggestions emphasize causes; others focus on effects. But keep in mind that these two approaches are closely related.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZExpository writing is a pedagogical term for any form of writing that conveys information and explains ideas.
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2017-01-20T11:29:07ZPolysemy is the association of one word with two or more distinct meanings.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA hasty generalization is a fallacy in which a conclusion is not logically justified by sufficient or unbiased evidence.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn these 10 sets of questions and answers, you'll find simplified definitions and brief examples of key verb-related terms in English.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn composition, spatial order is a method of organization in which details are presented as they are (or were) located in space.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZWe speak and write and think in metaphors every day. They can't be avoided: metaphors are baked into our language. Here are some memorable examples.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAn absolute phrase is a group of words that modifies an independent clause as a whole.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThese 40 topic suggestions for a comparison and contrast essay should serve as starting points to help you discover some fresh ideas on your own.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZProcess 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.
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2017-01-20T11:29:07ZThere are good reasons why these five so-called rules of writing should sometimes be broken.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZCause and effect is a method of essay development in which a writer analyzes the reasons for (or the consequences of) an action, event or decision.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZAlthough there are several ways of expressing future time in English, many contemporary linguists insist that the English language has no future tense.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZIn this edition of Language Notes, we turn our attention to the most active part of speech: verbs.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA spelling rule is a guideline or principle meant to assist writers in the accurate spelling of a word.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA rhetorical question is a question asked merely for effect with no answer expected.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA morpheme is a meaningful linguistic unit (a word or a word element) that cannot be divided into smaller meaningful parts.
2017-01-20T11:29:07ZA topic sentence is a sentence, sometimes at the beginning of a paragraph, that states or suggests the main idea (or topic) of a passage.