Unforgiveness: not an English word?

Quick answer: No, unforgiveness is not an English word. Have we been foolish for using it…

Onset and outset: most controversial pair simplified

Onset and outset (both nouns) are apparently the most controversial English pair I’ve come across. I…

Been and being: when and how to use them

The difference between been and being in meaning and usage has been a popular problem in…

‘Presently’ and ‘at present’: what you should always remember

These words have generated a lot of arguments over the years and some grammarians have refused…

Historic and historical: the simplest explanation

This is a pair of similar English words that even native speakers find confusing. Have you…

Understanding compound nouns forms

A compound noun is that noun that consists of two or more words which are combined…

Nouns types: Getting the tricky parts right

Apart from proper nouns which have been discussed earlier on this site, we have other types…

British vs American English: striking spelling differences and exceptions

As expected, British and American English have different styles of spelling words that have the same…

Proper noun: understanding the complexities

Nouns probably form the most important part of speech in English, and they are obviously the…

Full stop: more than end of sentence symbol

The full stop (.), full point (both British English) or period (American) is apparently the simplest…

Punctuation: why bother about it?

Show me a discourse without punctuation and I’ll show you what ‘meaningless’ means. In speech and…

British vs American English: vocabulary, tense and preference

Have you ever heard this old saying that Britain and America are ‘two nations divided by…

Why ‘a hospital’ but ‘an hour’

My primary school teachers told me when a word starts with a vowel (a, e, i,…

You need to know

The English language follows the pattern of Latin Script, a writing system based on letters of…

Can non-native speakers influence English?

As at 2006, English was the first language of more than 300 million people and second…

Tips you can’t miss

*English language has only one alphabet with 26 letters, contrary to ‘ 26 alphabets’ which is…