Articles tagged with english
Two Tacos to You, Too?
The problem is prevalent. Even native English speakers and writers have a problem knowing the differences of the simplest of words--to, too, and two. Some of us are old enough to remember English teachers hammering the rules into our heads (figurati
Watching UEFA Soccer Elimination Game In Spanish
I don't often watch sports and write about them even less but I thought this worth mentioning. The UEFA is having their elimination games for the European Championship and they are being broadcast on some Fox Sports Channels. There were some good games on
Of Tuna Sandwiches and School Electives
Figured I'd churn out a 'Random' post at this time. It's self-explanatory why I categorized this under 'Random' once you've read the post. So, I got hunger pangs early morning, around 1:30 am, Saturday morning, and I decided to go down the kitchen and pre
Butt, Fanny!! We Don't Speak the Same English!
I have many friends and acquaintances whose first language is English, but they are not from the United States. They are English, Australian, Irish, New Zealanders, Scottish, Canadian, and more. As a little girl, I read many stories written by authors fro
A Multilingual World
I may live and work in a world-famous #University city, but the primary #language is still English. My workplace has a rule that only #English should be used in the public places on campus, even if two people of the same nationality are working t
I was reading ," The Wizard of Oz," and it started with the following sentence: "Dorothy lived with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em in a little farmhouse in the middle of Kansas." It made me realize that that in #English language, there are very fe
Are There Many Brits on Persona Paper, the Online Writing Site?
Many online writing sites appear dominated by writers in the US. On other sites I've even maintained a list of UK writers in an attempt to round them up and make it easy for new members to find them! You'd think that being a Brit and writing online wouldn'
English Mechanics: Using the Apostrophe
Incorrect use of the apostrophe is one of the most common mistakes in English writing. And often, the mistakes are made by native English speakers. Whether teachers are no longer taking the time to demonstrate and correct apostrophe usage or whether people
Is It OK to Use 'Female' as a Noun?
Your English teacher may have acted as though language is a static thing, with a vocabulary fixed at the moment you entered first grade and grammar rules written in stone. But language is actually a pretty fluid thing. It evolves – much the same way
A Little 'Advice' for English Language Learners
Advice is a good thing to have when you need it, especially if it's good advice offered by a wise and respected adviser. But it's not advisable to pluralize advice, as it's a non-count noun* that is always used in the singular form. So there's no such word
Fun with Words: Blonde Coffee vs Blond Brownies
Blonde coffee. Blonde beer. Blond brownies. Why the difference? A little over a year ago, a writing friend started a Facebook conversation about usage of the words blond and blonde. (Yes, my writing friends are cool that way. We tend to get whole bunches
In a month, on a day, at a time - this is English for you
In a month, on a day, at a time - this is English for you All the 3 words - are connected with time - month, day and time but see the prepositions used - 'In', 'On' and 'At' . I feel sorry for those who are allergic to grammar. Not me. Grammar is
'Candlelight' or 'Candlelit'? English Usage for Writers
In a poll about correct English usage, &SheenaDJ asks whether it is more correct to use the word candlelight or candlelit. I wanted to help, but the options she offered for voting were unclear given that either word could be correct depending on the co