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Monthly Archives: March 2012
Farther and further: is there a difference? If there is, which word should you use and under which circumstances?
Incomparable…something that’s unequaled or matchless, or that’s beyond compare. It’s the second definition that applies to incomparable adjectives (also called uncomparable adjectives): they describe an absolute state, so comparison is not possible. For example, dead is incomparable, because it describes an … Continue reading
Word of the week: gynandromorph. It’s a mouthful. If you’ve got a decent vocabulary, you might be able to break it down, and then start picking up the pieces to figure out what it means. Maybe you’ll separate out the … Continue reading
In English, there are three common uses for the apostrophe [ ‘ ]: to show omission (contraction) to show possession to clarify the meaning or pronunciation of certain non-standard words (typically plurals of abbreviations) Most folks are familiar with the … Continue reading
Which is it, when you’re reading carefully or studying diligently: do you pour over the subject or pore over it (or poor over it)?