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Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:47:42 +0000

 



What Are the Top 20 Figures of Speech?

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Though there are hundreds of figures of speech, here we'll focus on just 20 of the most common figures.



400 Topic Suggestions for Essays and Speeches

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Coming 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.



A List of 26 Common Suffixes in English (With...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Understanding the meanings of the common suffixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words that we encounter.



13 Engaging Ways to Begin an Essay

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

There'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.



The Basic Parts and Structures of English...

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One of the keys to good writing is understanding the countless ways in which basic sentence structures can be combined and arranged.



What Are Present and Past Participial Phrases...

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A participial phrase is a word group consisting of a present or past participle and any modifiers, objects, and complements.



5 Delightful Examples of Descriptive Paragraphs

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These five paragraphs--three by students, two by professional writers--respond to the guidelines in the project How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph.



What Is a Thesis Statement?

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A thesis statement is a sentence in an essay, report, or speech that identifies the main idea and/or central purpose of the text.



How Many Different Kinds of Grammar Are There?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

So 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.



What Is Sentence Structure in English?

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Sentence structure (or syntax) is the arrangement of words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence.



50 Topic Suggestions for a Narrative Paragraph,...

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At 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.



100 Awfully Good Oxymorons

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Oxymorons are often found in literature, but as shown by this list of 100 awfully good examples, they are also part of our everyday speech.



Observations on the Nature of Language

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Language is a human system of communication that uses arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.



A Brief Introduction to the Many Branches of...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Enjoy this brief introduction to linguistics and its many subfields.



What Are Homonyms?

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Homonyms are two or more words that have the same sound or spelling but differ in meaning.



What Are the Distinctive Characteristics of...

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English grammar is the set of principles or rules dealing with the word structures (morphology) and sentence structures (syntax) of the English language.



Affirmative Sentences in English Grammar

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Affirmative sentence is a traditional grammatical term for any statement that is positive, not negative.



What Is Discourse Analysis?

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Discourse analysis is the study of the ways in which language is used in texts and contexts.



What Are Declarative Sentences in English?

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A declarative sentence is a sentence in the form of a statement (in contrast to a command, a question, or an exclamation).



50 Topic Suggestions for an Essay Developed by...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

These 50 prompts are meant to help you discover a topic for an essay or speech developed by process analysis.



Tell Me Now What Imperative Sentences Are

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

An imperative sentence gives advice or instructions or expresses a request or command. Read these examples of imperative sentences.



Vocabulary Building With Common English Prefixes

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Understanding the meanings of the common prefixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words. This table defines and illustrates 35 common prefixes.



What Are the Consonant Sounds and Letters in...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A consonant is a letter of the alphabet that represents a speech sound produced by a constriction of the speech organs.



Definition and Examples of Kernel Sentences in...

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In transformational grammar, a kernel sentence is a simple declarative construction with only one verb.



99 Metaphors for Love

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

As this rich collection of 99 metaphors demonstrates, love has been compared to everything from a jewel to an exploding cigar.



Introductory Paragraphs: Examples and Guidelines

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

An introductory paragraph is the opening paragraph in a conventional essay or composition.



50 of the Most Commonly Used Contractions in...

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In this table you'll find 50 of the most frequently used contractions in English.



Definitions and Examples of the Eight Parts of...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Part of speech is a traditional term for one of the eight categories into which words are classified according to their functions in sentences.



Top 12 Logical Fallacies

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For those who need a little refresher, here are 12 of the most common informal logical fallacies.



What Is a Compound Sentence?

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A compound sentence is a sentence that contains at least two independent clauses.



What Are Inflectional Morphemes?

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In English morphology, an inflectional morpheme is a suffix that's added to a word to assign a particular grammatical property to that word.



What Is a Preposition in English?

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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence.



What Is Polysemy?

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Polysemy is the association of one word with two or more distinct meanings.



Suffixes in English Grammar

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A 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.



What Are Derivational Morphemes?

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In 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.



What Is Expository Writing?

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Expository writing is a pedagogical term for any form of writing that conveys information and explains ideas.



What Are Complex Sentences in English Grammar?

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A complex sentence is a sentence that contains an independent clause and at least one dependent clause.



Free Variation in Phonetics: You Say 'Tomato,'...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Free variation is an alternative pronunciation of a word that doesn't affect the word's meaning.



40 Topic Suggestions for a Descriptive...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Descriptive writing calls for close attention to details. To help you get started here are 40 topic suggestions for a descriptive paragraph or essay.



A Brief Introduction to Classical Rhetoric

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A List of Common Subordinating Conjunctions...

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A subordinating conjunction is a conjunction (a connecting word or phrase) that introduces a dependent clause, joining it to a main clause.



What Are Simple Sentences in English Grammar?

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A simple sentence is a sentence with only one independent clause.



Revision Checklist for Paragraphs and Essays

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

This checklist should serve as a helpful guide when it comes time to revise your writing.



What Are the Parts of Speech in English Grammar?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

One way to begin studying basic sentence structures is to consider the parts of speech. Learn the names and basic functions of these sentence parts.



What Are Morphemes in English?

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A morpheme is a meaningful linguistic unit (a word or a word element) that cannot be divided into smaller meaningful parts.



200 Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs (With...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

These charts list some of the most common homonyms, homophones, and homographs in English.



How Many Types of Verbs Are There in English?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Generally, 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.



10 Types of Nouns: A Starter Kit

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Let'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.



Process Analysis in Composition: Guidelines and...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Process 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.



How to Organize a Descriptive Paragraph

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Here's a basic three-step model you can follow when organizing a descriptive paragraph.



What Are Clauses in English Grammar?

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A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate. A clause is either independent or dependent.



Do You Want to Compose a Compelling Descriptive...

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For ideas on how to compose a descriptive paragraph or essay, spend some time studying these guidelines, topic suggestions, exercises, and readings.



What Are Diphthongs?

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In phonetics, a diphthong is a vowel in which there is a noticeable sound change within the same syllable.



How Do You Define a Sentence?

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A sentence is the largest independent unit of grammar: it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.



40 Topic Suggestions for an Essay or Speech...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

If you're asked by your instructor to compose an essay or speech developed with examples, these 40 topic suggestions should help you get started.



Frequently Asked Questions About Prepositions...

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A preposition shows the relationship between other words in a sentence. Here are brief answers to some common questions about prepositions and prepositional phrases.



13 Ways of Looking at a Metaphor

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All of us, every day, speak, write, and think in metaphors. Here are 13 types of metaphors, with links to examples and extended definitions.



What Is a Rhetorical Situation?

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A 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.



Is This an Interrogative Sentence?

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An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks a question.



What Is Affixation—and How Can You Use It...

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In 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.



50 Topic Suggestions for a Cause-and-Effect...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Some of the following topic suggestions emphasize causes; others focus on effects. But keep in mind that these two approaches are closely related.



What Are Modal Auxiliaries in English?

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A modal (or modal auxiliary) is a verb that combines with another verb to indicate mood or tense.



When Do We Use the Simple Past Tense in English?

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The simple past tense is a verb tense indicating action that occurred in the past and which does not extend into the present.



What Are Bound Morphemes in English?

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A bound morpheme is a morpheme (or word element), usually a prefix or suffix, that cannot stand alone as a word.



Advice for Writing Effectively on the Job

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

In 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.



'Whack at Your Reader at Once': How to Begin...

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What Is an Adverb in English Grammar?

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An adverb is the part of speech (or word class) primarily used to modify a verb, adjective, or other adverb.



I Love Exclamatory Sentences!

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

An exclamatory sentence is a sentence that expresses strong feelings by making an exclamation.



Organizational Strategies: Chronological Order

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In composition, chronological order is a method of organization in which actions or events are presented as they occur (or occurred) in time.



How to Recognize 30 of the Most Common Figures...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

What's the difference between a metaphor and a simile? personification and apostrophe? understatement and litotes? alliteration and assonance? Find out here.



60 Writing Suggestions for an Extended...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

These 60 topic suggestions for an extended definition essay can be developed in various ways and from different points of view.



What Are Verbs in English and How Do We Use Them?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A verb is the part of speech (or word class) that describes an action or occurrence or indicates a state of being.



What Is English Composition?

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Definitions, discussions, and examples of written compositions in English.



Prefixes in English Grammar

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A prefix is a letter or group of letters attached to the beginning of a word that partly indicates its meaning.



How to Write an Effective Narrative Essay

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

This assignment will give you practice in composing a narrative essay based on personal experience--sometimes called a personal statement.



50 Quick Writing Prompts

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

If you're stuck for something to write about, use these hints, snippets, cues, and clues to prod your memory and get started.



The Derivations of Words

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In morphology, derivation is the process of creating a new word out of an old word, usually by adding a prefix or a suffix.



Examples of Different Types of Outlines in...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

An outline is a plan for--or a summary of--a writing project or speech.



Observations on Morphology, the Study of Word...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Morphology is the branch of linguistics (and one of the major components of grammar) that studies word structures, especially in terms of morphemes.



Is This a Rhetorical Question?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A rhetorical question is a question asked merely for effect with no answer expected.



What Are the Characteristics of Academic Writing?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Academic writing refers to the forms of expository prose used by researchers to convey a body of information about a particular subject.



A List of 30 Common Word Roots in English

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Expand your vocabulary by studying this list of 30 of the most common Greek and Latin root words.



Writing Summaries: Guidelines and Examples

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A summary is a shortened version of a text that highlights its key points.



How to Write a Professional Email

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Follow these 10 tips to keep your email messages clear, concise, professional, and polite.



40 Topic Suggestions for a Comparison and...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

These 40 topic suggestions for a comparison and contrast essay should serve as starting points to help you discover some fresh ideas on your own.



How to Develop a Problem-Solution Essay

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

In composition, a method for analyzing and writing about a topic by identifying a problem and proposing one or more solutions.



Types of Word Formation in English

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

In linguistics, word-formation refers to the ways in which new words are made on the basis of other words or morphemes.



Organizational Strategies: Spatial Order

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

In composition, spatial order is a method of organization in which details are presented as they are (or were) located in space.



Illocutionary Acts in Speech-Act Theory

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What Is Concord in English Grammar?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Concord is another term for grammatical agreement between two words in a sentence.



55 Examples of Metaphors--With Definitions

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common.



What Are Consonant Clusters in English?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A consonant cluster is a group of two or more consonant sounds that come before, after, or between vowels.



What Is the Meaning of Lexical Meaning?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

Lexical meaning refers to the meaning of a word (or, more precisely, a lexeme) as it appears in a dictionary.



What Is Linguistic Register?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A register is one of the many styles or varieties of language determined by such factors as social occasion, purpose, and audience.



Examples of Effective Topic Sentences

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A topic sentence is a sentence, sometimes at the beginning of a paragraph, that states or suggests the main idea (or topic) of a passage.



What Is the Communication Process and How Does...

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What (If Anything) Is Standard English?

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What Is a Figure of Speech?

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

In 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.



Advice on Selecting a Topic for an Essay or...

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

A topic is the particular issue or idea that serves as the subject of a paragraph, essay, report, or speech.



7 Secrets to Success in English 101

2017-02-26T11:47:42Z

English 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.