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…