Words often confuseda while/awhile“A while” is a period of time. “While” is a noun. It can serve as the object of a preposition (“in a while,” “after a while”).“Awhile” is an adverb … [Read more...] about Word Pairs 2
English has pairs of words, homonyms, and words that simply sound close enough that you should write carefully, so your reader will understand you correctly.Part of the trouble is that we don’t … [Read more...] about Word List
ArticleArticle = one of these three words: “a,” “an,” “the” (used with nouns)Definite article = “the,” indicates a specific nounExamples:The idea was to give the bone to the boy with … [Read more...] about Definitions: noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, adverb, preposition
SentenceA sentence is words expressing a complete thought.It has a subject (doer) and an action (what is done).Diagramming a sentence to show some of the parts needed to share a complete … [Read more...] about A complete thought is expressed by a good sentence, a puzzle of pieces properly put together.
Contractions begin with a noun or pronoun and attach a shortened form of a verb (replacing the initial letters with an apostrophe) or "not" (abbreviated as "n't").'Contractions should only be … [Read more...] about Contractions shorten words to be easier to pronounce.
SentenceEach individual sentence should begin with a capital letter, even if the sentence is a quotation or dialogue.AExamples:This is a sentence.The first letter of a sentence should be … [Read more...] about Individual importance is emphasized by capitalization.
Apostrophes have two jobs:,to indicate that letters have deliberately been left out of a word (contractions, dialects and slang) andto show possession or ownership.Rarely, an apostrophe … [Read more...] about Apostrophes create contractions and show possession.