Spelling English spelling blog http://www.spellzone.com/ Information about all things regarding spelling, English language, English teaching, language help and learning and foreign languages English, spelling, language Spelling English spelling course http://www.spellzone.com/images/spellzone_name_on_small.jpg http://www.spellzone.com/ Avani Shah, The Guardian, Estate BAME Short Story Prize, Danuta Kean, Writing the Future, Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, Grunwick Strike, Word Factory, Audible Avani Shah, Spellzone writer - audio book - BAME Short Story Prize 2017 http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Avani%5FShah%2C%5FSpellzone%5Fwriter%5F%2D%5Faudio%5Fbook%5F%2D%5FBAME%5FShort%5FStory%5FPrize%5F2017 <p>We are delighted that Avani’s short story which has been shortlisted for the ‘The Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize 2017’ is now available as a free audio book from Audible. </p> <p>Some wonderful stories well worth a listen – Avani’s story ‘Greed’ is Chapter 4.</p> <p>If you are viewing on a laptop go <a href="http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/FREE-New-Voices-The-Guardian-4th-Estate-BAME-Short-Story-Prize-2017-Audiobook/B073VTF5PH?qid=1499935461&sr=1-3">here.</a></p> <p>If you are viewing on a mobile device go <a href="https://mobile.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/FREE-New-Voices-The-Guardian-4th-Estate-BAME-Short-Story-Prize-2017-Audiobook/B073VTF5PH?qid=1499935461&sr=1-3">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Spellzone_Writer_Shortlisted_for_Prestigious_Prize.htm">See previous blog for more information</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:32:05 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Avani%5FShah%2C%5FSpellzone%5Fwriter%5F%2D%5Faudio%5Fbook%5F%2D%5FBAME%5FShort%5FStory%5FPrize%5F2017 confusing words, English words, hear and here, perceiving a sound, ear, Spellzone, English dictionary, example sentences, vocabulary lists, word lists, Old English, heran, Proto-Germanic Commonly Confused Words: Hear vs. Here http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FHear%5Fvs%2E%5FHere <p><strong>What does each word mean?</strong></p> <p> If you <strong>hear</strong> something, it means you are perceiving a sound with your ear.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/hear">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. </p> <p>Here is <strong>hear</strong> used in some example sentences: </p> <ul> <li>She <strong>heard</strong> the rumble of the approaching train. </li> <li>Did you <strong>hear</strong> what happened at the party? </li> <li>She didn’t want to <strong>hear</strong> what they were saying about her. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=hear&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>hear</strong>. </p> <p>The word <strong>here</strong> is used by a speaker or writer to refer to the place or position they are currently in. </p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/here">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. </p> <p>Here is <strong>here</strong> used in some example sentences: </p> <ul> <li>We’ve been meeting <strong>here</strong> at the community centre for years. </li> <li>I can’t wait to get out of <strong>here</strong>. </li> <li>On this page, we have used hyperlinks on the word <strong>here</strong> to direct students to other parts of the Spellzone website. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=here&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word here. </p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p><strong>Hear</strong> comes from the Old English ‘<em>heran</em>’ which means ‘<em>to hear, perceive by the ear, listen (to), obey, follow; accede to, grant; judge</em>’. ‘<em>Heran</em>’ comes from the Proto-Germanic ‘<em>hauzjan</em>’. </p> <p><strong>Here</strong> has been used in English since around 1600. It comes from the Old English ‘<em>her</em>’ meaning ‘<em>in this place, where one puts himself; at this time, toward this place</em>’. The phrase ‘<em><strong>here</strong> and now</em>’ dates back to 1829. </p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words? </strong></p> <ul> <li>H<strong>ear</strong> has the word <strong>ear</strong> in it. Say the following sentence to yourself: ‘You <strong>hear</strong> with your <strong>ear</strong>.’ </li> <li> <strong>Here</strong> is the opposite of the word <strong>there</strong>. T<strong>here</strong> contains the word <strong>here</strong>. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_e.g._vs._i.e..htm">e.g. vs. i.e.</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/_Confused_Words-cc_Poll_vs._Pole.htm">Poll vs. Pole</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Who_vs._Whom.htm">Who vs. Whom</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Wait_vs._Weight.htm">Wait vs. Weight</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Son_vs._Sun.htm">Son vs. Sun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/'Neither_here_nor_their...'.htm">Their vs. There vs. They're</a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:05:06 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FHear%5Fvs%2E%5FHere abbreviation, e.g. , English sentences, example sentences, CV, cover letter, application form, spelling mistakes, improve your spelling, spelling tests, spelling games, spelling lessons, i.e., information in a sentence, improve spelling, Latin phrases Commonly Confused Words: e.g. vs. i.e. http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5Fe%2Eg%2E%5Fvs%2E%5Fi%2Ee%2E <p><strong>What does each word mean?</strong></p> <p> The abbreviation <strong>e.g.</strong> is used in a sentence to indicate that you are about to provide an example. <p>Here is <strong>e.g.</strong> used in some example sentences: <ul> <li>When applying for a job, make sure you check everything your potential employer will see (<strong>e.g.</strong> your CV, cover letter, application form, etc.) for spelling mistakes. </li> <li>Spellzone has a variety of features that will help you improve your spelling, <strong>e.g.</strong> spelling tests, spelling games, and spelling lessons.</li> </ul> <p>You should never use <strong>e.g.</strong> at the start of a sentence.</p> <p>The abbreviation <strong>i.e.</strong> is used to clarify the information provided in a sentence.</p> <p>Here is <strong>i.e.</strong> used in some example sentences:</p> <ul> <li>When applying for a job, make sure everything your potential employer will see is spelt correctly, <strong>i.e.</strong> you should check your CV and any other documents for spelling mistakes before sending them in </li> <li>Spellzone is used by a variety of users all whom have one thing in common, <strong>i.e.</strong> they all want to improve their spelling. </li> </ul> <p>You should never use <strong>i.e.</strong> at the start of a sentence.</p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p>The word <strong>e.g.</strong> has been used in English since the 1680s. It is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase ‘<em>exempli gratia</em>’ which means ‘for the sake of example’.</p> <p>The word <strong>i.e.</strong> is short for the Latin ‘<em>id est</em>’ which literally translates to ‘<em>that is (to say)</em>’. Rather than providing an example of something, <strong>i.e.</strong> is used to introduce another way of saying the same thing in order to clarify meaning.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Use the <strong>e</strong> in <strong>e.g.</strong> to help you remember that this is another way of saying ‘for <strong>e</strong>xample’. </li> <li>Use the <strong>i</strong> in <strong>i.e.</strong> to help you remember that this is another way of saying ‘<strong>i</strong>n essence’ or ‘<strong>i</strong>n other words’. </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Flaunt_vs._Flout.htm">Flaunt vs. Flout</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/_Confused_Words-cc_Poll_vs._Pole.htm">Poll vs. Pole</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Who_vs._Whom.htm">Who vs. Whom</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Wait_vs._Weight.htm">Wait vs. Weight</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Son_vs._Sun.htm">Son vs. Sun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/'Neither_here_nor_their...'.htm">Their vs. There vs. They're</a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:43:40 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5Fe%2Eg%2E%5Fvs%2E%5Fi%2Ee%2E commas, clauses, commas in direct speech, commas between clauses, verb, English sentences, main clauses, subordinate clauses, conditional clauses, relative clauses, non-restrictive relative clause, restrictive relative clauses, semi colon, apostrophes Commas and Clauses http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commas%5Fand%5FClauses <p> Do you find commas confusing? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Commas have a variety of functions yet many people are uncertain of how to use them. So far this year we’ve looked at <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_to_Use_Commas_as_Part_of_a_List.htm">how to use commas as part of a list</a> and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Use_Commas_in_Direct_Speech.htm">how to use commas in direct speech</a>. Today we’re taking a look at how to use commas between clauses.</p> <p><strong>What is a clause? </strong></p> <p>A clause is a group of words containing a verb that can either stand alone as a complete sentence or make up part of a more complex sentence. Complex sentences are usually split into main clauses and subordinate clauses. </p> <p><strong>Subordinate Clauses </strong></p> <p>A subordinate clause doesn’t make sense on it’s own – it needs the main clause to add meaning to it. Adding a comma between a main clause and a subordinate clause often helps make a sentence as clear as possible. Commas also help indicate when to take a ‘breath’ when reading a sentence.</p> <p>Here are some examples of subordinate clauses: </p> <ul> <li><strong>Having putting it off all day</strong>, she finally sat down to do her homework. </li> <li><strong>After we finished work</strong>, we counted how much money we made.</li> </ul> <p>There are different types of subordinate clauses and the importance of a comma depends on the type. Conditional Clauses A conditional clause describes something that is possible or probable. It usually begins with ‘if’ or ‘unless’.</p> <p>Here are some examples of conditional clauses: </p> <ul> <li> <strong>If it rains</strong>, we will have to postpone the picnic.</li> <li><strong>Unless there are train delays</strong>, we’ll arrive at four o’clock in the afternoon. </li> </ul> <p>The commas make these sentences clearer but they don’t affect their meaning. </p> <p><strong>Relative Clauses </strong></p> <p>A relative clause follows a word like ‘that’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘which’, ‘who’, ‘whom’, or ‘whose’ and adds extra information to a sentence. If the information being added is interesting but not essential, a comma often adds clarity to the sentence. These types of clause are known as a non-restrictive relative clause. </p> <p>Here are some examples of non-restrictive relative clauses: </p> <ul> <li>My mother went to Venice, <strong>where she enjoyed exploring the canals and eating spaghetti.</strong> </li> <li> I celebrated my birthday with my cousins, <strong>who I hadn’t seen in years.</strong> </li> </ul> <p>If a non-restrictive relative clause is in the middle of a sentence, you should use a comma both before and after it. For example: </p> <ul> <li>Thomas, <strong>who I have known for ten years</strong>, came to visit. </li> </ul> <p>In some sentences, however, the relative clause adds essential information. Without this information, the sentence wouldn’t make sense. These sentences are known as restrictive relative clauses and you should not put commas before or after them.</p> <p> Here are some examples of restrictive relative clauses: </p> <ul> <li>I hate the man <strong>who lives across the street</strong>. </li> <li>Guests <strong>who have special passes</strong> can skip to the front of the queue.</li> </ul> <p>If you found this article useful, why not have a look at some of our other posts about punctuation? </p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Use_Commas_in_Direct_Speech.htm">How to use Commas in Direct Speech</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_to_Use_Commas_as_Part_of_a_List.htm">How to Use Commas as Part of a List </a></li> <li> <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_To_Use_A_Semicolon.htm">How to Use a Semi Colon </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Shoulda,_Coulda,_Woulda-cc_Using_Apostrophes_to_Indicate_Missing_Letters">How to Use Apostrophes to Indicate Missing Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Ten_Tips_for_Using_Apostrophes.htm">Ten Tips for Using Apostrophes</a> </li> </ul> <p>Have a great week! </p> </body> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:44:49 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commas%5Fand%5FClauses English idioms, idiom, dancing idioms, dancing in the streets , footloose and fancy free, takes two to tango, all singing and dancing, step out of line, get off on t 25 Idioms about Dancing http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=25%5FIdioms%5Fabout%5FDancing <ol> <li><strong>dancing in the streets</strong> – very happy</li> <li><strong>footloose and fancy free</strong> – free from commitment </li> <li><strong> it takes two to tango</strong> – both people/parties are responsible for the argument/problem </li> <li><strong>to be all-singing, all-dancing</strong> – to have a large range of impressive features/skills </li> <li><strong>to be light on one’s feet</strong> – to be nimble </li> <li><strong>to step out of line</strong> – to behave inappropriately/to break the rules </li> <li> <strong>to dance on air</strong> – to be very happy </li> <li><strong>to dance to someone’s tune</strong> – to comply with someone’s demands and whims </li> <li> <strong>to drag one’s feet/heels</strong> – to stall </li> <li><strong>to land/fall on one’s feet</strong> – to have good luck </li> <li><strong>to follow in someone’s footsteps</strong> – to do the same thing/make the same choices as someone else did before </li> <li><strong>to get into a groove</strong> – to warm up/to get used to doing something </li> <li><strong>to get off on the wrong foot</strong> – to make a bad start </li> <li><strong> to give it a whirl</strong> – to try something out </li> <li><strong>to have two left feet</strong> – to be clumsy or awkward </li> <li><strong>to keep one’s feet on the ground</strong> – to be practical/sensible/realistic about something </li> <li><strong>to keep someone on their toes</strong> – to make sure someone is concentrating and ready for any outcome </li> <li><strong>to make a song and dance out of something</strong> – to make a fuss about something </li> <li><strong>to put a toe out of line</strong> – to do something that breaks the rules </li> <li><strong> to put one’s best foot forward</strong> – to begin an endeavour with effort and determination </li> <li><strong> to sweep someone off their feet</strong> – to charm someone with romantic gestures </li> <li><strong> to think on one’s feet</strong> – to react to unexpected events in a decisive and practical manner </li> <li><strong> to tread/step on someone’s toes</strong> – to offend someone by interfering with their responsibilities </li> <li><strong> twinkle toes</strong> – someone who is nimble and quick in their feet </li> <li><strong> to strut one’s stuff</strong> – to dance/behave confidently and enthusiastically </li> </ol> <p>If you enjoyed this post, why not check out our other articles?</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Idioms_about_Science_and_Technology.htm">Idioms about Science and Technology</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Idioms_about_Love.htm">Thirty Idioms about Love</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Twenty_Five_Idioms_about_the_Heart">Twenty Five Idioms about the Heart</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/30_Idioms_about_Books_and_Reading.htm">Thirty Idioms about Books and Reading</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/English_Idioms-cc_The_Bake_Off_Edition.htm">Thirty Five Idioms about Baking</a></li> <li> Idioms about Transport and Travel – <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/50_Idioms_about_Transport_and_Travel-cc_Part_1.htm">Part One</a> and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Idioms_about_Transport_and_Travel-cc_Part_2.htm">Part Two </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Idioms_about_the_Sea.htm">Idioms about the Sea</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Idioms_About_Talking_.htm">Thirty Idioms about Talking</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Twenty_Five_Idioms_and_Expressions_about_Chance%2C_Luck%2C_and_Opportunity.htm">Twenty Five Idioms about Chance and Opportunity</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Twenty_Five_Idioms_about_Keeping_and_Spilling_Secrets.htm">Twenty Five Idioms about Keeping and Spilling Secrets</a></li> <li>Useful Idioms for the World of Business – <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Useful_Idioms_for_the_World_of_Business-cc_Part_1.htm">Part One </a>and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Useful_Idioms_for_the_World_of_Business-cc_Part_2.htm">Part Two</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Twenty_Idioms_about_the_House_and_Home.htm">Twenty Idioms about the House and Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Back-to-School_Idioms.htm">Thirty Back-to-School Idioms</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Musical_Idioms.htm">Thirty Musical Idioms</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Idioms_about_the_Five_Senses.htm">Idioms about the Five Senses</a></li> <li><a href="• Twenty Five Idioms about the Heart">Twenty Five Idioms about the Heart</a></li> <li><a href="http://spellzone.com/blog/Twenty_Idioms_for_New_Beginnings.htm">Twenty Idioms for New Beginnings</a> </li> <li>Sixty Clothing Idioms – <a href="http://spellzone.com/blog/Sixty_Clothing_Idioms-cc_Part_1.htm">Part One</a> and <a href="http://spellzone.com/blog/Sixty_Clothing_Idioms-cc_Part_2.htm">Part Two</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Colourful_Idioms.htm">Thirty Colourful Idioms</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/We_Love_Halloween!.htm">Thirty Scary Idioms for Halloween</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/About_time%21.htm">Twenty Five Idioms about Time</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Five_Idioms_about_Money.htm">Thirty Five Idioms about Money</a> </li> <li>Fifty Idioms about the Human Body – <a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Skeleton_in_the_Closet_and_49_Other_Idioms_about_the_Human_Body-cc_Part_1.htm">Part One</a> and <a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Vent_Your_Spleen_and_49_Other_Idioms_about_the_Human_Body_-_Part_2.htm">Part Two</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Idioms_about_Food.htm">Thirty Idioms about Food </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Fifty_Animal_Idioms.htm">Fifty Animal Idioms and What They Mean </a></li> <li>Fifty Atmosphere and Weather Idioms and What They Mean – <a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/50_Atmosphere_and_Weather_Idioms_and_What_They_Mean-cc_Part_1.htm">Part One</a> and <a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/50_Atmosphere_and_Weather_Idioms_and_What_They_Mean-cc_Part_2.htm">Part Two</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Sports_Idioms_to_Help_You_Through_the_Summer.htm">Thirty Sports Idioms to Help You Through the Summer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Twenty_Idioms_about_Nature.htm">Twenty Idioms about Nature</a></li> </ul> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:47:23 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=25%5FIdioms%5Fabout%5FDancing Avani Shah, The Guardian, Estate BAME Short Story Prize, Danuta Kean, Writing the Future, Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, English language, spelling and grammar rules, word origins, idioms, Grunwick Strike, Word Factory Spellzone Writer Shortlisted for Prestigious Prize http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Spellzone%5FWriter%5FShortlisted%5Ffor%5FPrestigious%5FPrize <p> We are delighted to announce that one of our writers Avani Shah has been shortlisted for the 2017 Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize.</p> <p>The prize is now in its second year and, according to Danuta Kean, writing for <em>The Guardian</em>, was ‘set up in 2015 to find “fresh compelling writing” by minority ethnic writers in the wake of the Writing the Future report of 2015, which revealed the poor representation of black and Asian writers of fiction in the UK.’ You can find out more about the prize <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/05/guardian-4th-estate-bame-short-story-prize-shortlist">here</a>. </p> <p>Avani, who holds a Master of Arts with Distinction in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) from the University of East Anglia, has been writing for Spellzone since 2013. She says, ‘It wasn’t until I started working with Spellzone that I realised just how much of my understanding of the English language was instinctive. I knew particular spelling and grammar rules but never questioned how and why these rules came to exist. Learning about the origins of words and idioms for my articles has made me look at the language and my own writing in a totally different way. It has helped me understand that language is fluid and we can be creative about how we choose to use it<em>.</em>’ As well as short stories, Avani is working on a novel about photography and punk set in 1977 against the backdrop on the Grunwick Strike. The story follows the lives of three sisters in the wake of their mother’s death. You can read an extract <a href="http://www.newwriting.net/student_writing/we-are-those-lions/">here</a> and find more of her work <a href="http://www.unthankbooks.com/bookshop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=67">here</a>. </p> <p>Kean writes: ‘Announcing the shortlist, Sian Cain, judge and Guardian books website editor, praised the “<em>sheer range of styles and settings</em>”, which she said demonstrated “<em>how many different stories publishers are missing when they pass on publishing British BAME writers</em>”. […] Greed by Avani Shah – who grew up behind the counter in various newsagents’ shops around London – tells the story of 12-year-old Puja, who is finding a religious fast increasingly uncomfortable, while trying to make sense of why her relationship with family friend Akaash has changed. Based in Norwich, Shah has already been spotted by <a href="http://www.thewordfactory.tv/site/">Word Factory</a>, a national organisation supporting excellence in short fiction, and is one of its four 2017 apprentices.’ </p> <p>The lucky winner of the prize – announced on July 13th – will receive £1000 as well as a one-day workshop with 4th Estate and publication on the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk">Guardian website</a>. We have our fingers crossed!</p> </body> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:07 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Spellzone%5FWriter%5FShortlisted%5Ffor%5FPrestigious%5FPrize word lists, flaunt, flout, dictionary, confusing English words, English sentences, vocabulary lists, example sentences, verb, English sentences, ostentatious, flaunted, new iPhone, word lists, mock, scoff, flout the rules, middle English, tutting Commonly Confused Words: Flaunt vs. Flout http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FFlaunt%5Fvs%2E%5FFlout <p><strong>What does each word mean?</strong></p> <p> If you <strong>flaunt</strong> something, it means you are displaying it in an ostentatious manner.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/flaunt">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. </p> <p>Here is flaunt used in some example sentences: </p> <ul> <li>He <strong>flaunted</strong> his new shoes. </li> <li>Having saved up for months, she was looking forward to <strong>flaunting</strong> her new iPhone. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=flaunt&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>flaunt</strong>. </p> <p>If you <strong>flout</strong> something, it means you are disregarding a rule or convention. The word is also sometimes used to mean ‘<em>mock</em>’ or <em>‘scoff</em>’. </p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/flout">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. </p> <p>Here is <strong>flout</strong> used in some example sentences: </p> <ul> <li>She decided to <strong>flout</strong> the rules and skip school. </li> <li>He was a terrible driver, always <strong>flouting</strong> the law by disregarding the speed limit. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list-create.cfm">here</a> to create a Spellzone vocabulary list using the word <strong>flout</strong>. </p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from? </strong></p> <p>The origins of both <strong>flaunt</strong> and <strong>flout</strong> are unknown. </p> <p>The word <strong>flout</strong> perhaps comes from a particular use of the Middle English ‘<em>flowton</em>’ meaning ‘<em>to play the flute</em>’. Flowten is similar to the Middle Dutch ‘<em>fluyten</em>’ which means ‘<em>to jeer</em>’ as well as ‘<em>to play the flute</em>’. </p> <p><strong>Flaunt</strong>, it is speculated, began as a variant of <strong>flout</strong>. </p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words? </strong></p> <ul> <li>Think of the feeling of wanting to show off something <strong>n</strong>ew to help you remember flau<strong>n</strong>t is spelt with an <strong>n</strong>. </li> <li>Say to yourself: ‘My <strong>aunt</strong> always fl<strong>aunt</strong>s her new clothes.’ </li> <li>Think of t<strong>ut</strong>ting at someone who is flo<strong>ut</strong>ing the law to help you remember the word ends in <strong>ut</strong>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/_Confused_Words-cc_Poll_vs._Pole.htm">Poll vs. Pole</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Who_vs._Whom.htm">Who vs. Whom</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Wait_vs._Weight.htm">Wait vs. Weight</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Son_vs._Sun.htm">Son vs. Sun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/'Neither_here_nor_their...'.htm">Their vs. There vs. They're</a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:09:03 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FFlaunt%5Fvs%2E%5FFlout word lists, poll, pole, dictionary, English sentences, vocabulary lists, example sentences, English dictionary, public opinion, verb, example English sentences, polling station, vote, election, Apple products, North pole, South Pole Confused Words: Poll vs. Pole http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FPoll%5Fvs%2E%5FPole <p> A <strong>poll</strong> is a way of looking into the public opinion of something by gathering information through votes or interviews. The word can also be used as a verb to describe the act of gathering this information. <p> Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/poll">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. <p>Here is <strong>poll</strong> used in some example sentences: <ul> <li>It is imperative that you go to the <strong>poll</strong>ing station and vote in the election. </li> <li>He took a <strong>poll</strong> to see which members of the group used Apple products. </li> <li>They <strong>polled</strong> a sample of the public in attempt to predict the outcome. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=poll&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>poll</strong>.</p> <p>A <strong>pole</strong> is a long rod, usually round and made of wood, metal, or plastic. The word is also used to describe both someone from Poland and magnetic poles (i.e. the North and South Poles).</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/pole">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word.</p> <p>Here is <strong>pole</strong> used in some example sentences:</p> <ul> <li>The holiday was almost ruined because the tent <strong>poles</strong> went missing. </li> <li> Father Christmas is rumoured to live at the North <strong>Pole</strong>. </li> <li>While travelling around Europe, she met Italians, Germans, Swedes, and <strong>Poles</strong>.</li> </ul> <p> Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=pole&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>pole</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p><strong>Poll</strong> dates back to the early fourteenth century when it meant ‘<em>head</em>’. The first recorded use of the word to mean ‘<em>collection of votes</em>’ (i.e. the number of heads) was in the 1620s.</p> <p><strong>Pole</strong> comes from the late Old English ‘<em>pal</em>’ (meaning ‘<em>stake, pole post</em>’) which was a Germanic borrowing from the Latin ‘<em>palus</em>’ meaning <em>‘stake</em>’. When talking about the North and South poles, the word comes from the Latin ‘<em>polus</em>’ which in turn comes from the Greek ‘<em>polos</em>’ meaning ‘<em>pivot, axis of a sphere, the sky</em>’.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <p>Think of the single <strong>l</strong> in <strong>pole</strong> as a long pole that reaches above the rest of the word. </li> </ul> </p> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Who_vs._Whom.htm">Who vs. Whom</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Wait_vs._Weight.htm">Wait vs. Weight</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Son_vs._Sun.htm">Son vs. Sun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/'Neither_here_nor_their...'.htm">Their vs. There vs. They're</a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:05:12 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FPoll%5Fvs%2E%5FPole English words, idioms, science and technology idioms, cog in the machine, well-oiled machine, acid test, bright as a button, bells and whistles, cutting edge, not rocket science, blow a fuse, panic button, pull the plug, reinvent the wheel Idioms about Science and Technology http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Idioms%5Fabout%5FScience%5Fand%5FTechnology <ol> <li><strong> a cog in the machine</strong> – an insignificant member of a huge organisation or system </li> <li><strong>a well-oiled machine</strong> – an organisation that operates smoothly </li> <li><strong>acid test</strong> – a test of something’s value or success </li> <li><strong>as bright as a button</strong> – very intelligent </li> <li><strong>bells and whistles</strong> – extra features and trimmings </li> <li><strong>cutting edge</strong> – advanced and innovative </li> <li><strong>in tune with</strong> – in agreement or harmony with someone or something </li> <li><strong> it’s not rocket science</strong> – it’s not difficult </li> <li><strong>on the ball</strong> – alert </li> <li><strong>on the same wavelength</strong> – to be in agreement/to have similar views and ideas </li> <li><strong>to blow a fuse</strong> – to lose your temper </li> <li><strong>to button your lip</strong> – to stay quiet </li> <li> <strong>to get your wires crossed</strong> – to have a misunderstanding </li> <li><strong>to have something down to a science</strong> – to have perfected something through routine and repetition </li> <li><strong>to hit the panic button</strong> – to panic or take emergency measures </li> <li><strong>to know what makes someone tick</strong> – to know what motivates someone </li> <li><strong>to pull the plug</strong> – to prevent something from continuing or happening </li> <li><strong>to push someone’s buttons</strong> – to provoke someone </li> <li><strong> to reinvent the wheel</strong> – to waste time and effort creating something that already exists </li> <li><strong>to run out of steam</strong> – to lose enthusiasm </li> </ol> </li> </ol> <p>If you enjoyed this post, why not check out our other articles?</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Idioms_about_Love.htm">Thirty Idioms about Love</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Twenty_Five_Idioms_about_the_Heart">Twenty Five Idioms about the Heart</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/30_Idioms_about_Books_and_Reading.htm">Thirty Idioms about Books and Reading</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/English_Idioms-cc_The_Bake_Off_Edition.htm">Thirty Five Idioms about Baking</a></li> <li> Idioms about 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Idioms and What They Mean – <a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/50_Atmosphere_and_Weather_Idioms_and_What_They_Mean-cc_Part_1.htm">Part One</a> and <a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/50_Atmosphere_and_Weather_Idioms_and_What_They_Mean-cc_Part_2.htm">Part Two</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Thirty_Sports_Idioms_to_Help_You_Through_the_Summer.htm">Thirty Sports Idioms to Help You Through the Summer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Twenty_Idioms_about_Nature.htm">Twenty Idioms about Nature</a></li> </ul> Tue, 30 May 2017 09:28:49 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Idioms%5Fabout%5FScience%5Fand%5FTechnology subject and object, subjective pronouns, objective pronouns, I, me, who, whom, verbs, Spellzone, vocabulary lists, English sentence, speaking English, English word lists Commonly Confused Words: Who vs. Whom http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FWho%5Fvs%2E%5FWhom <p> Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Subjects_and_Objects.htm">subject and object</a> and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Pronouns.htm">subjective and objective pronouns</a>. In most cases we know whether to use a subjective pronoun or an objective pronoun instinctively, but there are two pairs of pronouns that people often confuse: <strong>I vs. me</strong> and <strong>who vs. whom</strong>. <p>This week we’re going to look at when to use <strong>who</strong> and when to use <strong>whom</strong>. To learn about when to use <strong>I</strong> and when to use <strong>me</strong>, <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Two_Mistakes_That_Are_Not_Necessarily_Mistakes.htm">click here</a>. <p><strong> When should you use the word ‘who’?</strong> <p>You should use <strong>who</strong> when the word you are referring to the subject of a sentence. Learn more about subjects and verbs <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Subjects_and_Objects.htm">here</a>. <p>Here is <strong>who</strong> used in some example sentences: <ul> <li>The two women, <strong>who</strong> have known each other since childhood, are turning eighty this year. </li> <li><strong>Who</strong> left the light on? </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=who&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>who</strong>.</p> <p><strong>When should you use the word ‘whom’?</strong></p> <p>You should use <strong>whom</strong> when the word you are referring to the object of a sentence. Learn more about objects and verbs <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Subjects_and_Objects.htm">here</a>.</p> <p>Here is <strong>whom</strong> used in some example sentences:</p> <ul> <li>My aunt <strong>whom</strong> you met yesterday is visiting again next year. </li> <li> To <strong>whom</strong> do you wish to speak? </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=who&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>whom.</strong></p> <p>Although it is correct to use <strong>whom</strong> in place of the objective pronoun in a sentence, most people deem this too formal when speaking and will use <strong>who</strong> instead.</p> <p>For example:</p> <ul> <li>My aunt <strong>who</strong> you met yesterday is visiting again next year. </li> <li><strong>Who</strong> would you like to speak to? </li> </ul> <p>In writing, we recommend you use <strong>whom</strong> in these instances.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <p>Try and rephrase your sentence using other pronouns.</p> <p>If your sentence works with <strong>he</strong>, <strong>she</strong>, or <strong>they</strong>, use <strong>who</strong>.</p> <p>For example:</p> <ul> <li><strong>They</strong> have known each other since childhood. </li> <li><strong>She </strong>left the light on. </li> </ul> <p>If your sentence works with <strong>him</strong>, <strong>her</strong>, or <strong>them</strong>, use <strong>whom</strong>.</p> <p>For example:</p> <ul> <li>You met <strong>her</strong> yesterday </li> <li>Do you want to speak to <strong>him</strong>? </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Wait_vs._Weight.htm">Wait vs. Weigh</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Son_vs._Sun.htm">Son vs. Sun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/'Neither_here_nor_their...'.htm">Their vs. There vs. They're</a></li> </ul> </p> Mon, 22 May 2017 10:49:06 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FWho%5Fvs%2E%5FWhom word lists, definition of the words wait and weight, wait, weight Spellzone, dictionary, English sentences, vocabulary lists, example sentences, English dictionary, Old North French, Old English, Proto Germanic Commonly Confused Words: Wait vs. Weight http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FWait%5Fvs%2E%5FWeight <p><strong>What does each word mean?</strong></p> <p> The word <strong>wait</strong> refers to the act of staying in one place in anticipation or expectation of something happening. The word also describes the act of serving food when in relation to a waiter or waitress. <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/wait">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. <p>Here is <strong>wait </strong>used in some example sentences: <ul> <li>We <strong>waited</strong> for the bus. </li> <li>She decided to <strong>wait</strong> until she’d read the book before watching the film adaptation.</li> <li>He had an evening job <strong>waiting</strong> tables. </li> <li>There’s an hour-long <strong>wait</strong> to go on the rollercoaster.</li> <li>We had a long <strong>wait</strong> at the airport. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=wait&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>wait</strong>.</p> <p>The <strong>weight </strong>of something refers to how heavy it is. The word is also used to describe a type of sports equipment used for strength training.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/weight">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word.</p> <p>Here is <strong>weight </strong>used in some example sentences:</p> <ul> <li>The baby was a healthy <strong>weight</strong>. </li> <li>She enjoys lifting <strong>weights</strong> at the gym. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=weight&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>weight</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p>The word <strong>wait </strong>comes from the Old North French ‘<em>waiter</em>’ meaning ‘<em>look-out, watch, sentry</em>’.</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> comes from the Old English ‘<em>gewhit</em>’ which in turn comes from the Proto Germanic ‘<em>wihti</em>’.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>W</strong>aiting <strong>A</strong>lways <strong>I</strong>s <strong>T</strong>edious </li> <li>W<strong>eight</strong> has the word <strong>eight</strong> in it. </li> <li> Use the word <strong>h</strong>eavy to help you remember weig<strong>h</strong>t has the letter ‘<strong>h</strong>’ in it. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Son_vs._Sun.htm">Son vs. Sun</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/'Neither_here_nor_their...'.htm">Their vs. There vs. They're</a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Mon, 15 May 2017 20:36:19 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FWait%5Fvs%2E%5FWeight subjective pronouns, objective pronouns, subject of a sentence, object of a sentence, verbs, implied, English sentences, direct objects, indirect objects, word lists, English words Subjects and Objects http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Subjects%5Fand%5FObjects <p>In our last blog post we looked at <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Pronouns.htm">subjective and objective pronouns</a>, but what do we mean when we refer to the ‘subject’ or ‘object’ of a sentence? Read on to find out! <p><strong>What does the term ‘subject’ mean? </strong><br /> The subject of a sentence is the person or thing that the sentence is about. All verbs have a subject, and the subject is usually the person or thing doing whatever action the verb indicates. <br /> <p>Here are some examples of subjects (bold) and verbs (underlined) in sentences: <ul> <li> <strong>Katie</strong> <u>threw</u> the ball.</li> <li> <strong>My mum and dad</strong> almost <u>missed</u> the party. </li> <li> <strong>Thomas and I</strong> <u>love</u> action films.</li> </ul> <p>Sometimes, the subject of a sentence is implied. For example: </p> <ul> <li> ‘<u>Throw</u> me the ball!’ vs. ‘<strong>Katie</strong>, <u>throw</u> me the ball!’ </li> </ul> <p><strong>What does the term ‘object’ mean? </strong><br /> Some verbs also have objects – the person or thing that the action of the verb is being done to. <br /> </p> <p>Here are some examples of objects (bold) and verbs (underlined) in sentences: </p> <ul> <li>Katie <u>threw</u> the <strong>ball</strong>.</li> <li>My mum and dadalmost <u>missed</u> <strong>the party</strong>. </li> <li>Thomas and I <u>love</u> <strong>action films</strong>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Can a sentence have more than one ‘object’? </strong><br /> Some sentences have direct objects and indirect objects. In the above example sentences, all the objects are directly impacted by the verbs and so are called direct objects. An object that benefits from the action of the verb, but isn’t what the verb is directly referring to, is called an indirect object. <br /> </p> <p>Here are some examples of direct objects (bold), indirect objects (italics) and verbs (underlined) in sentences: </p> <ul> <li>Katie <u>threw</u> the <strong>ball</strong> to <em>Thomas</em>.</li> <li>Thomas <em>loves watching</em> <strong>action films</strong> with <em>me</em>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you found this article useful, why not check out some of our other posts?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Tips_for_Formatting_Speech.htm">Tips for Formatting Speech</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Eight_Tips_For_Creating_Mnemonics.htm">Eight Tips for Creating Mnemonics</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Exam_Tips.htm">Exam Tips</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Five_Tips_for_Adding_Suffixes.htm">Five Tips for Adding Suffixes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Five_Tips_for_Spelling_Words_with_Silent_Letters.htm">Five Tips for Spelling Words with Silent Letters</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_A_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /A/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/The_Seven_Ways_of_Spelling_the_Long_E_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /E/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_I_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /I/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_O_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /O/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Four_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_U_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /U/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_To_Use_A_Semicolon.htm">How to Use a Semi Colon</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Shoulda%2C_Coulda%2C_Woulda-cc_Using_Apostrophes_to_Indicate_Missing_Letters">How to Use Apostrophes to Indicate Missing Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Ten_Tips_for_Using_Apostrophes.htm">Ten Tips for Using Apostrophes</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Tips_for_Handling_Homophones.htm">Tips for Handling Homophones</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Top_Tips_for_Forming_Abbreviations.htm">Top Tips for Forming Abbreviations</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a></li> <li>Word Classes (<a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_1.htm">part one </a>and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_2.htm">part two</a>)<br /> </li> </ul> <p> Have a great week! </p> Wed, 10 May 2017 12:14:31 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Subjects%5Fand%5FObjects pronouns, word classes, English sentences, noun, personal pronoun, subjective pronouns, objective pronouns, verbs, prepositions, possessive pronouns, apostrophe, reflexive pronouns Pronouns http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Pronouns <p>A few weeks ago, <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_2.htm">in part two of our series on Word Classes</a>, we looked at pronouns. <p>A pronoun used in a sentence to avoid repeating a noun that has been mentioned before.<br /> <p>We use the term <em>personal pronoun</em> to describe pronouns used to replace words for people or things. Personal pronouns include: I, me, mine, you, yours, his, her, hers, we, they, and them. <br /> <p>Personal pronouns can be categorised into the following four groups:<br /> <p><strong>Subjective Pronouns </strong><br /> The term <em>subjective pronoun</em> is used to describe the pronouns: I, you, he, she, it, we, and they. This is because these pronouns work as subjects of <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_1.htm">verbs</a> in a sentence. <p>Here are some examples of subjective pronouns: <ul> <li><strong>She</strong> threw the ball to Thomas. <strong>He</strong> dropped it. </li> <li><strong>They</strong> were supposed to arrive at three o’clock but traffic made them late. </li> <li><strong>We</strong> love action films.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Objective Pronouns</strong><br /> The term <em>objective pronoun</em> is used to describe the pronouns: me, you,him, her, it, us and them. This is because these pronouns work as objects of verbs and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_2.htm">prepositions</a> in a sentence.<br /> </p> <p>Here are some examples of objective pronouns:</p> <ul> <li>Katie threw the ball to <strong>him</strong>. He dropped <strong>it</strong>. </li> <li>We got stuck in traffic on the way to the party and almost missed <strong>it</strong>.</li> <li>Welove action films, do you like watching <strong>them</strong>?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Possessive Pronouns</strong><br /> The term <em>possessive pronoun</em> is used to describe the pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, ours and theirs. This is because these pronouns refer to someone (or something) being possession of something.<br /> </p> <p>Here are some examples of possessive pronouns:</p> <ul> <li>The ball was <strong>hers</strong> but she threw it to him. </li> <li>We were meant to get to <strong>theirs</strong> for three o’clock but the traffic made us late. </li> <li>We love action films, would you like to come over to <strong>ours</strong> to watch some?<br /> </li> </ul> <p>Don’t forget that possessive pronouns never require an apostrophe. To learn more about when to use apostrophes, click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Ten_Tips_for_Using_Apostrophes.htm">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Reflexive Pronouns</strong><br /> The term <em>reflexive pronoun</em> is used to describe the pronouns: myself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, and themselves. These pronouns refer back to the subject of the part of the sentence in which they are used. </p> <p>Here are some examples of possessive pronouns:</p> <ul> <li>Katie and Tommy threw the ball back and forth between <strong>themselves</strong>.</li> <li>We were late for the party and have no one to blame but <strong>ourselves</strong>.</li> <li>He watches action films with his girlfriend, but when he’s by <strong>himself</strong> he prefers rom coms.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you found this article useful, why not check out some of our other posts?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Tips_for_Formatting_Speech.htm">Tips for Formatting Speech</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Eight_Tips_For_Creating_Mnemonics.htm">Eight Tips for Creating Mnemonics</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Exam_Tips.htm">Exam Tips</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Five_Tips_for_Adding_Suffixes.htm">Five Tips for Adding Suffixes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Five_Tips_for_Spelling_Words_with_Silent_Letters.htm">Five Tips for Spelling Words with Silent Letters</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_A_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /A/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/The_Seven_Ways_of_Spelling_the_Long_E_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /E/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_I_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /I/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_O_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /O/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Four_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_U_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /U/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_To_Use_A_Semicolon.htm">How to Use a Semi Colon</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Shoulda%2C_Coulda%2C_Woulda-cc_Using_Apostrophes_to_Indicate_Missing_Letters">How to Use Apostrophes to Indicate Missing Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Ten_Tips_for_Using_Apostrophes.htm">Ten Tips for Using Apostrophes</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Tips_for_Handling_Homophones.htm">Tips for Handling Homophones</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Top_Tips_for_Forming_Abbreviations.htm">Top Tips for Forming Abbreviations</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a></li> <li>Word Classes (<a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_1.htm">part one </a>and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_2.htm">part two</a>)<br /> </li> </ul> <p> Have a great week! </p> Tue, 02 May 2017 09:32:01 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Pronouns formatting speech, direct speech, reported speech, indirect speech, punctuate direct speech, American English, double inverted commas, attribution, spoken words, using commas, commas, sentence, word list, speech mark, closing speech mark, Tips for Formatting Speech http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Tips%5Ffor%5FFormatting%5FSpeech <p> A few weeks ago we looked at <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Use_Commas_in_Direct_Speech.htm">how to use commas in direct speech</a>. This week, let’s take a look at the other things to be aware of when formatting speech correctly. <p>Before we begin, let’s remind ourselves on the differences between direct speech and reported speech: <ul> <li>The term direct speech refers to when the actual words of a speaker are quoted in the text. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li> ‘I love you,’ he said. <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> </li> <li>Reported speech (also known as indirect speech) refers to when someone’s words are described rather than quoted. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li> He told her he loved her. </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>This article will focus on how to correctly punctuate direct speech. There are no special rules to bear in mind when writing reported speech.</p> <ul> <li>In British English, you should represent direct speech by using a single inverted comma on either side of the spoken words. <br /> <br /> For example: <br /> <ul> <li> <strong>‘</strong>I love you,<strong>’</strong> he said</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>In American English, double inverted commas are more commonly used. </p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>For example: <ul> <li><strong>“</strong>I love you,<strong>”</strong> he said</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Whenever a new person speaks, begin a new paragraph. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>They stared longingly at each other. <br /> <strong>‘I</strong> love you,’ he said. <br /> <strong>‘I</strong> love you too!’ <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> </li> <li> Begin the speech with a capital letter. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>‘<strong>D</strong>o you love me?’ he said. <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> </li> <li>To mark the end of someone’s speech, use a comma, full stop, exclamation mark, or question mark before the closing inverted comma. If the speech follows an attribution to who is speaking, introduce the speech with a comma. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>‘Do you love me<strong>?</strong>’ he said. <br /> She smiled at him and replied<strong>,</strong> ‘Of course I do<strong>!</strong>’ <br /> ‘Oh darling<strong>,</strong>’ he said<strong>,</strong> ‘I’ve never thought I could be this happy.’ </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <blockquote> <p> You can read more about using commas in direct speech <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Use_Commas_in_Direct_Speech.htm">here</a>. </p> </blockquote> <p><strong>If you found this article useful, why not check out some of our other posts?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Eight_Tips_For_Creating_Mnemonics.htm">Eight Tips for Creating Mnemonics</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Exam_Tips.htm">Exam Tips</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Five_Tips_for_Adding_Suffixes.htm">Five Tips for Adding Suffixes</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Five_Tips_for_Spelling_Words_with_Silent_Letters.htm">Five Tips for Spelling Words with Silent Letters</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_A_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /A/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/The_Seven_Ways_of_Spelling_the_Long_E_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /E/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_I_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /I/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Six_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_O_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /O/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Four_Ways_to_Spell_the_Long_U_Sound.htm">How to Spell the Long /U/ Sound</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_To_Use_A_Semicolon.htm">How to Use a Semi Colon</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Shoulda%2C_Coulda%2C_Woulda-cc_Using_Apostrophes_to_Indicate_Missing_Letters">How to Use Apostrophes to Indicate Missing Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Ten_Tips_for_Using_Apostrophes.htm">Ten Tips for Using Apostrophes</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Tips_for_Handling_Homophones.htm">Tips for Handling Homophones</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Top_Tips_for_Forming_Abbreviations.htm">Top Tips for Forming Abbreviations</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a></li> <li>Word Classes (<a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_1.htm">part one </a>and <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_2.htm">part two</a>)<br /> </li> </ul> <p> Have a great week! </p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:25:29 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Tips%5Ffor%5FFormatting%5FSpeech egg idioms, Easter, chocolate eggs, a bad egg, idiom, Milwaukee Daily American, a curate’s egg, True Humility, George du Maurier, Punch magazine, egg someone on, Old Norse, verb, Thomas Drant, Horace his Arte of Poetrie, Pistles and Satyrs Englished Three Eggy Idioms for Easter http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Three%5FEggy%5FIdioms%5Ffor%5FEaster <p>Happy Easter! If you need a break from all the chocolate, why not have a look at these eggy idioms and their origin stories?</p> <ol> <li><strong>A bad egg</strong> <br /> <br /> A ‘bad egg’ is someone who is disappointing or a bad influence. <br /> <br /> Here is the idiom used in an example sentence: <br /> <br /> </li> <ul> <li> James fell in with a group of <strong>bad eggs</strong> who got him in trouble.</li> </ul> </ol> <blockquote> <p> The idiom certainly derives from the irritation felt when cracking an egg only to find it has gone off. One early use of the phrase is in this 1856 issue of the <em>Milwaukee Daily American</em>: </p> <p>"Mayor Wood is moving heaven and earth to procure his renomination. One of his dodges is, to get up letters in the newspaper, pretending to emanate from 'distinguished citizens,' including merchants, mechanics and working men, soliciting him in the most pathetic terms to present himself to the dear people. There are also on the list a number of notorious blacklegs whom Woods keeps in pay. He is a bad egg."</p> </blockquote> <ol start="2"> <li><strong>A curate’s egg</strong> <br /> <br /> This idiom describes something that is partly good and partly bad. In some cases, the implication is that someone is describing something as good out of politeness rather than because that is what they actually think. <br /> <br /> Here is the idiom used in an example sentence: <br /> <br /> <ul> <li>The book was a bit of a curate’s egg – it started well but the ending was disappointment. </li> </ul> </li> </ol> <blockquote> <p>The phrase originates from<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate%27s_egg#/media/File:True_humility.png"> ‘<em>True Humility</em>’, a cartoon by George du Maurier printed in an 1895 issue of<em> Punch </em>magazine</a>. </p> <p>In the cartoon, the curate is desperately searching for something kind to say about the bad egg: <br /> <br /> Right Reverend Host. "I’m afraid you've got a bad Egg, Mr. Jones!" <br /> The Curate. "Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!" </p> </blockquote> <ol start="3"> <li><strong>To egg someone on </strong><br /> <br /> If you egg someone on, it means you encourage or urge them to do something. <br /> <br /> Here is the idiom used in an example sentence: <br /> <br /> <ul> <li>The other boys egged James on until he too decided to throw a stone at Mr. Brown’s car window.</li> </ul> <p> Interestingly, this phrase has actually got nothing to do with eggs! In this case, ‘egg’ is another way of saying ‘edge’ which comes from the Old Norse ‘eggia’ meaning ‘to goad on’ or to‘incite’. The word ‘egg’ was used as a verb in this ways from c.1200. The phrase ‘egg on’ was used by Thomas Drant’s 1566 translation <em>Horace his Arte of Poetrie, Pistles and Satyrs Englished</em>: "Ile egge them on to speake some thyng, whiche spoken may repent them." </p> </li> </ol> <p>For more Easter fun, <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/What_came_first,_the_chicken_or_the_egg-qq.htm">click here</a>. </p> <p>Have a lovely weekend! </p> <p>Sources: <br /> <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/">The Online Etymology Dictionary </a><br /> <a href="http://www.phrases.org.uk/">The Phrase Finder </a><br /> <a href="ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate%27s_egg">Wikipedia</a></p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:16:50 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Three%5FEggy%5FIdioms%5Ffor%5FEaster how to use commas, direct speech, using commas, commas, sentence, separated by a comma, word list, reported speech, indirect speech, speech mark, closing speech mark, attribution, question mark, exclamation mark, punctuation, semi colon Use Commas in Direct Speech http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Use%5FCommas%5Fin%5FDirect%5FSpeech <p>Commas have a variety of functions and many people are uncertain of how to use them. The main purpose of a comma is to clarify meaning by grouping together specific parts of the sentence. Each group within the sentence is separated by a comma which marks a slight break.</p> <p>Earlier this year we looked at <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_to_Use_Commas_as_Part_of_a_List.htm">how to use commas in a list</a>. Scroll down to read about how to use commas in direct speech.</p> <p><strong>What is direct speech?</strong></p> <p>In writing, there are two types of speech: direct speech and reported speech.</p> <ul> <li>The term direct speech refers to when the actual words of a speaker are quoted in the text. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li> ‘I love you,’ he said. <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> </li> <li>Reported speech (also known as indirect speech) refers to when someone’s words are described rather than quoted. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>He told her he loved her. </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>How do you use commas in direct speech?</strong></p> <ul> <li>If direct speech follows an attribution to who is speaking, introduce the speech with a comma. The comma should come before the first speech mark. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>He said, ‘I love you.’ </li> <li>She gazed into his eyes and said, ‘I love you too.’ <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> </li> <li> If the speech is followed by an attribution to who is speaking, use a comma after the speech and before the closing speech mark. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li> ‘I love you,’ he said</li> <li> ‘I love you too,’ she replied, gazing into his eyes. <br /> <br /> </li> </ul> </li> <li> If the speech is broken up by an attribution to who is speaking, use one comma after the first piece of speech and before the closing speech mark and another comma after the attribution and before the opening speech mark of the second piece of speech. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>‘I love you,’ he said, ‘and I can’t imagine being without you.’ </li> <li>‘Oh darling,’ she replied, ‘I love you too.’ </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Are there any exceptions to these rules? </strong></p> <ul> <li>If the quoted speech is a question or an exclamation, a question mark or exclamation mark should be used before the closing speech mark instead of a comma. <br /> <br /> For example: <ul> <li>‘Don’t you love me?’ he asked. </li> <li>‘Are you stupid?’ she replied. ‘Of course I love you!’ </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other articles about punctuation? </strong></p> <ul> <li> <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_to_Use_Commas_as_Part_of_a_List.htm">How to Use Commas as Part of a List </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/How_To_Use_A_Semicolon.htm"> How to Use a Semi Colon </a></li> <li> <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Capital_Letters.htm">When to Use Capital Letters</a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Shoulda,_Coulda,_Woulda-cc_Using_Apostrophes_to_Indicate_Missing_Letters">How to Use Apostrophes to Indicate Missing Letters</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Ten_Tips_for_Using_Apostrophes.htm">Ten Tips for Using Apostrophes</a> </li> </ul> <p>We’ll share more advice on punctuation in direct speech and other uses of commas later this year.</p> <p> Have a great week! </p> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:09:53 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Use%5FCommas%5Fin%5FDirect%5FSpeech confusing english words, verbs, word lists, springtime, son, sun, vocabulary lists, example english sentences, create word lists, words for weather, male offspring, inheritance, solar system, planets, star, Old English, Proto Germanic Commonly Confused Words: Son vs. Sun http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FSon%5Fvs%2E%5FSun <p>Now that springtime is finally here, we thought we would look at a weather-appropriate word!</p> <p>Scroll down to read about the differences between <strong>sun</strong> and <strong>son</strong> and for tricks to help you tell them apart.</p> <p><strong>What does each word mean?</strong></p> <p> The word <strong>son</strong> is used to describe male offspring. <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/son">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. <p>Here is <strong>son</strong> used in some example sentences: <ul> <li>They had two <strong>sons</strong> and one daughter.</li> <li>The <strong>son</strong> and daughter each inherited an equal share in the family business. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=son&Search=Search">here</a> to create a Spellzone vocabulary list including the word <strong>son</strong>.</p> <p>The <strong>sun</strong> is the star at the centre of our solar system. It is the source of light and heat for the planets. The word <strong>sun</strong> is also used as a verb to describe the act of exposing yourself to the <strong>sun</strong> (i.e. <strong>sun</strong>bathing).</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/sun">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word.</p> <p>Here is <strong>sun</strong> used in an example sentence:</p> <ul> <li>Now that the <strong>sun</strong> is out, it’s finally starting to feel like spring. </li> <li>She went to the beach and spent the morning <strong>sunning</strong> herself.</li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=sun&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>sun</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p>Both <strong>son</strong> and <strong>sun</strong> have Old English Proto Germanic roots. <strong>Son</strong> comes from the Old English ‘<em>sunu</em>’ which comes from the Proto-Germanic ‘<em>sunuz</em>’. <strong>Sun</strong> comes from the Old English ‘<em>sunne</em>’ which comes from the Proto-Germanic ‘<em>sunnon</em>’.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Think of the <strong>u</strong> in <strong>sun</strong> as a smile – after all most of us are happy when the <strong>sun</strong> comes out!<br /> </li> <li> Imagine someone talking to their s<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> the phone to help you remember the word is spelt with an <strong>o</strong>. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Curb_vs._Kerb.htm">Curb vs. Kerb</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:50:45 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FSon%5Fvs%2E%5FSun confusing English word, confusing English words, difference between curb and kerb, verb, noun, American English spelling, Spellzone, vocabulary lists, word lists, Old French words, Latin words, etymology Commonly Confused Words: Curb vs. Kerb http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FCurb%5Fvs%2E%5FKerb <p><strong>What does each word mean?</strong></p> <p> The word <strong>curb</strong> is a <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_1.htm">verb</a> used to describe the act of restraining or restricting something. As a <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_Classes-cc_Part_1.htm">noun</a>, the word can also describe the restraint or restriction itself. In American English, <strong>curb</strong> also refers to the edge between a sidewalk (pavement) and a road. <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/curb">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word. <p>Here is <strong>curb</strong> used in some example sentences: <ul> <li>He needs to learn how to <strong>curb</strong> his temper.</li> <li> In England, there are <strong>curbs</strong> on watching television without a license. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list-create.cfm">here</a> to create a Spellzone vocabulary list including the word <strong>curb</strong>.</p> <p>In British English, the word <strong>kerb</strong> describes the raised edge that separates a road from the pavement.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/kerb">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word.</p> <p>Here is <strong>kerb</strong> used in an example sentence:</p> <ul> <li>The boy sat on the <strong>kerb</strong> while waiting for his mother. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=kerb&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>kerb</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p><strong>Curb</strong> dates back to late fifteenth century and referred to a type of strap used restrain a horse. It comes from the Old French ‘<em>courbe</em>’ meaning ‘<em>curb on a horse</em>’, from the Latin ‘<em>curvare</em>’ meaning ‘<em>to bend</em>’. By the early seventeenth century, the word was also used in reference to a figurative restraint. In the sixteenth century, the word took on the meaning ‘<em>enclosed framework</em>’ and by the eighteenth century was used to describe the edge of flowerbeds and pavements.</p> <p><strong>Kerb</strong> was used as an alternate spelling for <strong>curb</strong> from the seventeenth century.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <ul> <li> Imagine someone <strong>k</strong>icking a <strong>kerb</strong> in anger to help you remember that <strong>kerb</strong> is spelt with a <strong>k</strong>. </li> <li> Draw a face in profile with the letter <strong>c</strong> as an open mouth. Imagine someone saying something inappropriate and needing to be restrained to help you remember that <strong>curb</strong> is spelt with a <strong>c</strong>. </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Complacent_vs._Complaisant.htm">Complacent vs. Complaisant</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Adverse_vs._Averse.htm">Adverse vs. Averse</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cue_vs._Queue.htm">Cue vs. Queue</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Coarse_vs._Course.htm">Coarse vs. Course</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Broach_vs._Brooch.htm">Broach vs. Brooch</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ascent_vs._Assent.htm">Ascent vs. Assent</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cereal_vs._Serial.htm">Cereal vs. Serial</a> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dual_vs._Duel.htm">Dual vs. Duel</a><br /> </li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borne_Vs._Born.htm">Born vs. Borne</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Pore_vs._Pour.htm">Pore vs. Pour</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Affect_Vs._Effect.htm">Affect vs. Effect</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confused_Words-cc_Aisle_vs._Isle.htm">Aisle vs. Isle</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_-ice_Nouns_vs._-ise_Verbs.htm">-ice Nouns vs. –ise Verbs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Borrow_vs._Lend.htm">Borrow vs. Lend</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Confusing_Contractions.htm">Confusing Contractions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_May_Vs._Might.htm">May vs. Might</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Ensure_vs._Insure.htm">Ensure vs. Insure</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Quiet_vs._Quite.htm">Quiet vs. Quite</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Prescribe_vs._Proscribe.htm">Prescribe vs. Proscribe</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Is_it_practise_or_practice-qq.htm">Practice vs. Practise</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Stationary_vs._Stationery.htm">Stationary vs. Stationery</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_A_vs._An.htm">A vs. An</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lie_vs._Lay.htm">Lie vs. Lay</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Cite_vs._Site_vs._Sight.htm">Cite vs. Site vs. Sight</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Passed_vs._Past.htm">Passed vs. Past </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Weather_vs._Whether_vs._Wether.htm">Weather vs. Whether vs. Wether</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Then_vs._Than.htm">Then vs. Than </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Are_vs._Our_vs._Hour.htm">Are vs. Hour vs. Our </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Device_vs._Devise.htm">Device vs. Devise </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bear_vs._Bare.htm">Bare vs. Bear </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Uninterested_vs._Disinterested.htm">Uninterested vs. Disinterested </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Less_vs._Fewer.htm">Less vs. Fewer </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Allowed_vs._Aloud.htm">Allowed vs. Aloud </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Desert_vs._Dessert.htm">Desert vs. Dessert </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_To_vs._Too_vs._Two.htm">To vs. Too vs. Two </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Break_vs._Brake.htm">Break vs. Brake </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm">Bought vs. Brought</a><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Bought_vs._Brought.htm"></a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Lose_vs._Loose.htm">Lose vs. Loose</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Accept_vs._Except.htm">Accept vs. Except</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/A_Word_for_Wednesday-cc_Imply_or_Infer-qq.htm">Imply vs. Infer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.spellzone.com/blog/effect_or_affect..._confused-qq_You_are_not_alone%21.htm">Effect vs. Affect </a></li> </ul> <p>Sources: <a href="http://www.etymonline.com/index.php">The Online Etymology Dictionary</a>. </p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:09:10 GMT http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Commonly%5FConfused%5FWords%3A%5FCurb%5Fvs%2E%5FKerb English words, idioms, mothers and parenting, Mother’s Day, english words and expressions, tiger mother, mama, Mother Goose, mother hen, Mother Nature , Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, mother’s milk, apron strings, keep mum Words and Idioms about Mothers and Parenting http://www.spellzone.com/blog/post.cfm?title=Words%5Fand%5FIdioms%5Fabout%5FMothers%5Fand%5FParenting <p>Happy Mother’s Day! Here are 20 words and expressions about mothers and parenting. </p> <ol> <li><strong>a face only a mother could love</strong> – an ugly face </li> <li><strong>a mother has eyes in the back of her head </strong>– a mother knows what her children are doing even when she can’t see them </li> <li><strong>a tiger mother</strong> – a strict and demanding mother </li> <li><strong>everyone and his mothe</strong>r – lots of people </li> <li><strong> like mother, like daughter </strong>– daughters often behave like their mothers did before them </li> <li><strong>mama’s boy </strong>– a boy or man who is easily influenced by his mother </li> <li><strong>Mother Goose </strong>– a fictitious collector of nursery rhymes from the eighteenth century </li> <li><strong>mother hen</strong> – someone who fusses over others in a maternal way </li> <li><strong>mother house</strong> – the principle house in a religious order </li> <li><strong>Mother Nature</strong> – the personification of nature </li> 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<li>After getting a few good grades, I became <strong>complacent</strong> and now I’m at risk of failing the year.</li> <li>Business is down this year – we can’t afford to be <strong>complacent</strong>. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list_search.cfm?words=complacent&Search=Search">here</a> to find the Spellzone vocabulary lists related to the word <strong>complacent</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Complaisant</strong> is adjective that describes someone who shows ‘<em>a cheerful willingness to do favours for others</em>’.</p> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/dictionary/Complaisant_">here</a> for the full Spellzone dictionary definition of the word.</p> <p>Here is <strong>complaisant</strong> used in an example sentence:</p> <ul> <li>We were worried the librarian would be annoyed with us for asking questions but, in fact, she was very <strong>complaisant</strong>. </li> </ul> <p>Click <a href="https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/list-create.cfm">here</a> to create a Spellzone vocabulary list including the word <strong>complaisant</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Where does each word come from?</strong></p> <p> Both <strong>complaisant</strong> and <strong>complaisant</strong> come from the Latin ‘<em>complacere</em>’ which means ‘<em>very pleasing</em>’. <strong>Complacent</strong> took on the meaning ‘<em>pleased with oneself</em>’ in 1767, but both words were used interchangeably to mean ‘<em>willingness to please</em>’ until the mid-nineteenth century.</p> <p><strong>Are there any tricks to help remember the difference between these words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Com<u>place</u>nt</strong> has the word <strong>place</strong> in it. Think of the act of being <strong>complacent</strong> as choosing to stay in the same <strong>place</strong> (due to contentedness or laziness) rather than choosing to improve your situation. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Where can I find other posts about easy-to-confuse words?</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Dear_vs._Deer.htm">Deer vs. Dear</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Rain_vs._Reign_vs._Rein.htm">Rain vs. Reign vs. Rein</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Heal_vs._Heel.htm">Heal vs. Heel</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Draw_vs_Drawer.htm">Draw vs. Drawer</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Tail_vs_Tale.htm">Tail vs. Tale</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Commonly_Confused_Words-cc_Defuse_vs._Diffuse.htm">Defuse vs. Defuse</a></li> 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