Grammar

  1. Is “Supposably” a Real Word?

    What does it mean? Supposably means capable of being supposed. In other words, it describes something that’s capable of happening. Though supposably is a valid word, it can be tricky to use in a sentence, and isn’t often used in […]

  2. Learn to Expertly Talk About Split Infinitives

    Sometimes infinitives need a little space. A split infinitive occurs when there’s an adverb between two parts of an infinitive. An infinitive consists of the word to and the simple form of a verb (e.g. to go and to read). […]

  3. Should I use ALL-CAPS?

  4. Here’s When to Capitalize Words

    There are a few specific cases where words should be capitalized. They’re easy to remember. In English, capital letters are most commonly used at the start of a sentence, for the pronoun I, and for proper nouns. The First Word […]

  5. Stop and Think About Run-On Sentences

    A run-on sentence is a sentence where two or more independent clauses have been incorrectly joined together. An independent clause contains both a subject and a verb and can stand on its own as a complete sentence. Some examples of […]

  6. Sentence Fragments: Yes or No?

    A sentence fragment is a group of words that doesn’t contain all of the required parts of a sentence. In other words, a sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. It generally lacks a main subject, a verb, or both. A […]

  7. Quiz Yourself: At Last, Suffixes!

    Let’s get to the bottom of this. A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word. Suffixes do so many things. They’re great when you want to chat briefly about going on a trip. Or […]

  8. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Et Al.

    Et al. is used to shorten the list of names when a writer refers to a book, article or other published work that has three or more authors. Et al. means “and others.” It’s an abbreviation of the Latin et […]

  9. Quiz Yourself: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs…and Idioms!

    Idioms: You can say that again We’re head over heels for idioms, and hope you are, too. Can you go the whole nine yards, or do you need to go back to the drawing board? Test your idiom skills now! […]

  10. You’ve Just Got to Know All About Imperatives

    An imperative sentence gives a command, demand, or instructions directly to an audience, and typically begins with an action word (or verb). These sentences often appear to lack a subject, or the person, place, or thing that performs the main […]