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Made_of and Made_from When good things happen in our life, we share it with our closed ones. This is when you use the language closest to you to share your expressions and feelings. How you communicate your feelings in words or sentences is very important. In a professional world, you may make mistakes, especially when it comes to choosing the right words. Let us look at a common mistake that we tend to make.Made of v/s Made fromHave a look at the following...
simile and metaphor English is a language in which the same words have various meanings depending upon the situation. You get the liberty to play with words while framing a sentence. Whether you are writing or sharing a story, you use different words according to the occasion. Sometimes, words lead to confusion with their interchangeable meanings. We all have the habit of comparing two things in a best possible way to explain a particular condition. At times, the...
Over and Under English is an amusing language filled with intricacies. One of the interesting part is, we all get confused when it comes to using the right grammar. Irrespective of whether you are writing or speaking in English, you might make a mistake when using similar words, such as under and over. These can be used differently in different situations and confuse most of us. Generally, over and under are used to specify a place by its direction and...
Contraction In today’s world, everybody is too busy and hence, the usage of abbreviations is observed more. Although, you may not find these abbreviations in the dictionary, they have become quite popular among the masses. Especially when it comes to English, we all have our own set of abbreviations. For instance, talk to you later or see you later is written as ttyl and cya respectively. Generally, it can be defined as SMS language which is commonly used...
Lexical Verbs In your day to day life you tend to say many things to express your views. Ever wondered, how you would have shared it without a language? How can we forget about grammar, without which a sentence would hardly make any meaning? Grammar is an essential aspect of any language,  be it writing or speaking. We express each and everything we do and so we use verbs to show the action we do or did. Verbs are very important to express about a situation...
Prepositions Prepositions are an integral part of English. We all have been learning about prepositions since childhood, but still even advanced learners get confused between the usage of these short words (at, on, in, etc.) There are no set rules that can help you get prepositions right at all times. However, with practice you can definitely learn to get it right at most times.Like in mathematics, if a single step is incorrect, the whole solution turns...
article thumbnail"Actions speak louder than words"-no doubt, but sometimes words speak louder than actions. The words a person uses, or their vocabulary, will often tell their story. Thus vocabulary learning is a vital part of education and sometimes there are very simple ways to enhance your vocabulary by adding words either in the beginning or in the end.Sometimes in a particular situation it becomes hard to  think and use a proper word, with a grammatical...
Parentheses & Dashes Punctuation plays an important role in English language. If you are a writer or aspire to be a writer, you need to be very sure about the usage of  punctuations. In modern times  two types of punctuations, namely, parentheses and dashes,  have created a lot of confusion amongst the writers and not only the writers but also the native English speakers.In this topic, we will identify both parentheses and dashes and learn about their significance...
Determiners An important role in English grammar is played by determiners ,the words that appear at the beginning of the noun phrase. They go with the word ‘determine’, as they identify whether the noun phrase is general or specific. They bring out the reference that is made by a noun. Types of Determiners There are different types of determiners. Let us discuss them one by one.1. Articles:Articles are divided into two categories, i.e., indefinite and...
Conjunctions Conjunction is the vital part of speech of English grammar that connects words, sentences, phrases, or clauses.  They are used for connecting thoughts, actions, and ideas as well as nouns, clauses, and other parts of speech. Conjunctions are also useful for making lists. They beautifully join two things together.Same is the case with conjunctions. When these conjunctions are combined with the other words, they make a sentence even more...
Must Should Ought In your day to day conversations, you might have come across  words such as should, must etc. Especially, in your office when you are busy with too much work, your boss calls you and says, “You must complete it by the end of the day”. He could have even said, “You should complete it by the end of the day”. There is a difference between the usage of should and must. To focus on how to use it properly, is what English is all about.In this article...
Clause When you are learning English, you will come across many such words that have more than one meaning. To master those words, you need to understand how the words make sense when used together and not separately. In grammar, a clause is the smallest grammatical unit that can express a complete proposition. Learning about clauses is very important in grammar.A clause is something that helps us express, in the form of spoken words or written text....
Simple Sentence Every language has its own twists and turns and this holds true for English language also. We learn alphabets and make words and use words to make sentences. The sentences can be short and long, sometimes so long that you re-read it to understand it completely. You might think why these sentences are so long when they can be written in simple manner. Some sentences give a lot of information in it so they appear long. Things are easy to...
Use of Apostrophe English is a language which is incomplete without grammar and its rules. Grammar has some rules and exceptions to it. All these rules and exceptions make English funny and interesting. One vital part of English grammar are the  punctuations. They make a world of difference to your writing. A single error in punctuation can change the sentence and its meaning. The apostrophe ( 'or' ) is a punctuation mark in  English and it serves the following purposes: 1....
sports team Of late, a number of world cup seasons have concluded. First, it was the Indian Premier League (IPL) and most recently, the FIFA world cup, which had the whole world hooked.As an Indian, chances are that you are very passionate about some or the other sport – there is a reason why Cricket is said to be as good as a religion in India! And if you are a sports fanatic, you surely have a favorite team or player as well. Someone that you follow...
common noun English language has a different set of rules for every single aspect, be it grammar, punctuation or pronunciation. Using them appropriately will give you a base to improve your English. Grammar is the base which provides a strong support to the language. Therefore, it is imperative to learn about the rules of capitalization. We all know the basic rule to capitalize the first letter in a sentence. But, there are more rules which may confuse...
pronoun English grammar is vast and to develop perfection in each aspect, it requires a lot of practice. Every day we strive to cover a new topic and ensure you understand the rules of using it in the practical world. If you read a sentence like, Jack was walking and suddenly it started to rain. Jack didn’t carry an umbrella. Because of it Jack fell ill. In the above example, Jack is repeated in every sentence so it makes the reading very repetitive....
Homonyms "English is a very funny language",a popular dialogue in a famous movie years ago. Today, if you see a native speaker converse, you may find the language easy, but if we go out and pronounce like they do, we will find most words as a tongue twister. There are times when you say a word to someone and the other person understands it in some other way. In English language, you will find words that sound same, but actually mean different. No, we...
Grammar English without grammar is like a body without soul. It is difficult to use English without grammar. Many people, who want to improve English speaking, start with first learning grammar. Since grammar is known as the back bone of the English language, it is important to know the basics and the rules.But not every time the rules stick to the point. Rules are meant to be broken and when it comes to grammar, you must not be afraid of breaking the...
singular English, as a language, is very humorous and tricky. Learning it is a step by step process. There are enormous things a person can learn from this language. However, when it comes to learning English you might get confused as to where to begin. You can take a baby step by starting a habit of reading books. Reading helps you develop vocabulary. This makes you learn new words and terms for a single word. There are almost more than four or five...
Conditionals In your daily conversations, you say many things which relate with the past, present and future. You use 'if' to state a condition that might have happened in the past or might happen in the future. 'If' is a conditional word that is used to describe a situation related to past, present and future. It is one of the most useful structure in English and is commonly included in daily conversations. For example: If it rains today, I won’t go for...
Adverbs English as a language, has many different aspects to learn. It can be related to writing or grammar. You start from the basics by acquiring the knowledge and continue learning until you reach perfection. Practice makes a man perfect holds so true when it comes to learning  a new language. Learning English is a continuous process, you keep on learning new things and gaining knowledge in English. Same way, writing is a continuous process. The more...
Have verb Grammar plays a major role in supporting English. Without grammar it is impossible to make sense of words, whether written or spoken. At times, most of us get confused with the usage of a word, whether it fits into the situation or not. English is a kind of a language that has many grammar rules and exceptions to it, which actually creates confusion. Almost most words have more than one usage. One such word which you must know is “have”. Today, let us...
Conjunctions English, as a language, would be incomplete without certain words known  as conjunctions. These particular words are used in our daily conversations and are almost present in every sentence. It’s time to know what these words are called and when are they used.Coordinating conjunctions are integral to English grammar as these words club two or more clauses, such as words or sentences. Commonly known as coordinators, they connect the two words or...
Subordinating_conjunctions In English, we are surrounded by simple and complex words. Simple words are the ones we find easy to deal with whereas complex words can be hard to learn and use in conversations. But, usage of grammar and understanding the grammar rules can make any word a simple deal, be it a Shakespearean.Grammar also helps us join two sentences of contrasting situation. Not only sentences, but also words, phrases and clauses. Do you know what are they called?...
    

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