Quote of the Day

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ― Mark Twain

Gerunds and Participles

  It is important to understand the difference between gerunds and participles. A present participle is a verbal form (derived from a verb) that ends in –ing and functions as an adjective because it modifies or describes nouns and pronouns. Look at these sentences:  Strangling an iguana, Susan smiled.* The young woman strangling an iguana … More Gerunds and Participles

Quote of the Day

“It is very useful, when one is young, to learn the difference between “literally” and “figuratively.” If something happens literally, it actually happens; if something happens figuratively, it feels like it is happening. If you are literally jumping for joy, for instance, it means you are leaping in the air because you are very happy. … More Quote of the Day

Pronoun Reference

  Pronoun reference is an important grammatical concept. Pronouns always refer to nouns or to other pronouns. Without pronouns, we would have to monotonously repeat nouns all the time. The pronouns in the following sentences are in bold type: When I met Jan, she was walking her dog, which she had just bought. Albert’s cousin, … More Pronoun Reference

Quote of the day

“Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.”–George Orwell