Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:07:51 +0000
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThough there are hundreds of figures of speech, here we'll focus on just 20 of the most common figures.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZUnderstanding the meanings of the common suffixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words that we encounter.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZComing 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThere'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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThese five paragraphs--three by students, two by professional writers--respond to the guidelines in the project How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA participial phrase is a word group consisting of a present or past participle and any modifiers, objects, and complements.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA thesis statement is a sentence in an essay, report, or speech that identifies the main idea and/or central purpose of the text.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZHomonyms are two or more words that have the same sound or spelling but differ in meaning.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZDiscourse analysis is the study of the ways in which language is used in texts and contexts.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn transformational grammar, a kernel sentence is a simple declarative construction with only one verb.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZUnderstanding the meanings of the common prefixes can help us deduce the meanings of new words. This table defines and illustrates 35 common prefixes.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZPart of speech is a traditional term for one of the eight categories into which words are classified according to their functions in sentences.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAffirmative sentence is a traditional grammatical term for any statement that is positive, not negative.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn English morphology, an inflectional morpheme is a suffix that's added to a word to assign a particular grammatical property to that word.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn imperative sentence gives advice or instructions or expresses a request or command. Read these examples of imperative sentences.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAt 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZWe 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA transferred epithet is a figure of speech in which an adjective grammatically qualifies a noun other than the person or thing it's actually describing.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZFor ideas on how to compose a descriptive paragraph or essay, spend some time studying these guidelines, topic suggestions, exercises, and readings.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZLanguage is a human system of communication that uses arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate. A clause is either independent or dependent.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA declarative sentence is a sentence in the form of a statement (in contrast to a command, a question, or an exclamation).
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZOxymorons are often found in literature, but as shown by this list of 100 awfully good examples, they are also part of our everyday speech.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZProcess 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn composition, chronological order is a method of organization in which actions or events are presented as they occur (or occurred) in time.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA compound sentence is a sentence that contains at least two independent clauses.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA consonant is a letter of the alphabet that represents a speech sound produced by a constriction of the speech organs.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA subordinating conjunction is a conjunction (a connecting word or phrase) that introduces a dependent clause, joining it to a main clause.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn writing or speech, narration is the process of recounting a sequence of events, real or imagined.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZSentence combining, an alternative to traditional grammar instruction, involves joining two or more short sentences to make one longer sentence.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZOne of the keys to good writing is understanding the countless ways in which basic sentence structures can be combined and arranged.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA complex sentence is a sentence that contains an independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA morpheme is a meaningful linguistic unit (a word or a word element) that cannot be divided into smaller meaningful parts.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZMorphology is the branch of linguistics (and one of the major components of grammar) that studies word structures, especially in terms of morphemes.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA sentence is the largest independent unit of grammar: it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn introductory paragraph is the opening paragraph in a conventional essay or composition.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA logical fallacy is an error in reasoning that renders an argument invalid.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThese 50 prompts are meant to help you discover a topic for an essay or speech developed by process analysis.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAs this rich collection of 99 metaphors demonstrates, love has been compared to everything from a jewel to an exploding cigar.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn linguistics, word-formation refers to the ways in which new words are made on the basis of other words or morphemes.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA prefix is a letter or group of letters attached to the beginning of a word that partly indicates its meaning.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA dependent clause is a group of words that has both a subject and a verb but (unlike an independent clause) cannot stand alone as a sentence.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAcademic writing refers to the forms of expository prose used by researchers to convey a body of information about a particular subject.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA simple sentence is a sentence with only one independent clause.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZPolysemy is the association of one word with two or more distinct meanings.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZExpository writing is a pedagogical term for any form of writing that conveys information and explains ideas.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn exclamatory sentence is a sentence that expresses strong feelings by making an exclamation.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn linguistics, discourse refers to a unit of language longer than a single sentence. More broadly, it means the use of spoken or written language in a social context.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn morphology, derivation is the process of creating a new word out of an old word, usually by adding a prefix or a suffix.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZCause 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn composition, spatial order is a method of organization in which details are presented as they are (or were) located in space.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA modal (or modal auxiliary) is a verb that combines with another verb to indicate mood or tense.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA regular verb is a verb that forms its past tense and past participle by adding -d or -ed to the base form.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZDirect speech is a report of the exact words used by a speaker or writer.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA topic is the particular issue or idea that serves as the subject of a paragraph, essay, report, or speech.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZCommunication is the process of sending and receiving messages through verbal and/or nonverbal means.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThe simple past tense is a verb tense indicating action that occurred in the past and which does not extend into the present.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZDefinitions, discussions, and examples of written compositions in English.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA subordinate clause is a group of words that has both a subject and a verb but (unlike an independent clause) cannot stand alone as a sentence.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn adverb is the part of speech (or word class) primarily used to modify a verb, adjective, or other adverb.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA personal letter is a type of letter (or informal composition) that usually concerns personal matters and is sent from one individual to another.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn composition, a method for analyzing and writing about a topic by identifying a problem and proposing one or more solutions.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA bound morpheme is a morpheme (or word element), usually a prefix or suffix, that cannot stand alone as a word.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZSpeech-act theory is a subfield of pragmatics concerned with the ways in which words can be used not only to present information but also to carry out actions.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn 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.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn composition, description is a rhetorical strategy using sensory details to portray a person, place, or object.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA verb is the part of speech (or word class) that describes an action or occurrence or indicates a state of being.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA consonant cluster is a group of two or more consonant sounds that come before, after, or between vowels.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIndirect speech is a report on what someone else said or wrote without using that person's exact words.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZSome of the following topic suggestions emphasize causes; others focus on effects. But keep in mind that these two approaches are closely related.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA metaphor is a figure of speech in which an implicit comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something in common.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThe figures of speech are the various rhetorical uses of language that depart from customary construction, word order, or significance.
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2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA coordinating conjunction is a conjunction that joins two similarly constructed and/or syntactically equal words or phrases or clauses.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZHomophones are two or more words that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and often spelling.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZDescriptive writing calls for close attention to details. To help you get started here are 40 topic suggestions for a descriptive paragraph or essay.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA topic sentence is a sentence, sometimes at the beginning of a paragraph, that states or suggests the main idea (or topic) of a passage.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks a question.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn outline is a plan for--or a summary of--a writing project or speech.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn linguistics, a speech act is an utterance defined in terms of a speaker's intentions and the effects it has on a listener.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA compound-complex sentence is a sentence with two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent clause.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn traditional English grammar, a participle is a verbal that typically ends in -ing (the present participle) or -ed (the past participle).
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA vowel is a letter of the alphabet that represents a speech sound created by the relatively free passage of breath through the larynx and oral cavity.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn a paragraph, essay, or speech, an extended definition is an explanation and/or illustration of a word, thing, or concept.
2017-03-13T12:07:51Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In "The Writing
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn linguistics, hyponym is a term used to designate a particular member of a broader class.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZSubject-verb agreement is the correspondence of a verb with its subject in person and number.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThese 40 topic suggestions for a comparison and contrast essay should serve as starting points to help you discover some fresh ideas on your own.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA register is one of the many styles or varieties of language determined by such factors as social occasion, purpose, and audience.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA summary is a shortened version of a text that highlights its key points.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZIn phonetics, a diphthong is a vowel in which there is a noticeable sound change within the same syllable.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZAn introduction is the opening of an essay or speech. Typically it identifies the topic, arouses interest, and prepares for the development of the thesis.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA blend is a word formed by merging the sounds and meanings of two or more other words.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZThese 60 topic suggestions for an extended definition essay can be developed in various ways and from different points of view.
2017-03-13T12:07:51ZA function word is a word that expresses a grammatical or structural relationship with other words in a sentence.