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Finite verb

  • September 9, 2015
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Finite verb

Verbs in their past or present form are called finite verbs (or “tensed verbs”). In any sentence, if there is only one verb, it will be finite, and every sentence needs a finite verb. They can be used for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person; they are useful as the main verb of the sentence, and…

Exclamation

  • September 8, 2015
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Exclamation

An exclamation, also known as an interjection, is a word, short phrase or sound that shows emotion. Feelings conveyed can consist of disbelief, surprise, anger, pain, pleasure, and so forth. Commonly used words are ow, ouch, yay, wow, hey, what, stop, great and oh. These devices are frequently seen in conversation but are rarely used…

Etymology

  • September 7, 2015
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Etymology

Etymology is the origin of a word and the study of how its use and meaning have changed over time. For instance, some words with a Latin origin have variations to their plurals. Instead of adding -s, the following four words change form. Some of these uses have faded out almost completely during this century,…

Ellipsis

  • September 6, 2015
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Ellipsis

In Writing Ellipsis (plural, ellipses) is a technique in grammar, also called elliptical construction, that is used to avoid unnecessary repetition or to avoid stating information that the reader already knows. Just as a pronoun aids when referring to a known subject, the ellipsis omits known information that would make writing and conversation long-winded and…

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