Controversial Topics, Grammar, Punctuation

Oxford comma: why comma before ‘and’, ‘or’ is necessary

This usage of the comma has instigated arguments from writers and grammarians over the years. As much as those who use it have proven its necessity, not everyone has accepted its importance. The comma before and (or or) is called a serial comma or Oxford comma (because it’s used by Oxford University Press). It is used before the…

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Controversial Topics, Lest We Forget

Is ‘upliftment’ a word?

Have you heard someone say ‘upliftment’ is a Nigerian English word and only acceptable in Nigeria? No, it’s not. It’s a controversial English word (from Indian English) but has found its way into some dictionaries as ‘improvement of the spiritual or moral condition of a person’. However, most speakers still insist on ‘uplift’ (noun) as…

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Controversial Topics, Lest We Forget

English has one alphabet? Yes

Did you know some learners still think English language has 26 alphabets? No, it doesn’t. English has 26 letters but just one alphabet. An alphabet is a set of language letters arranged in a fixed order. Thus, A-Z is the English alphabet, i.e. the 26 letters are altogether called alphabet.