Punctuation: why bother about it?

Show me a discourse without punctuation and I’ll show you what ‘meaningless’ means. In speech and writing, punctuation is an integral part—it cannot be left out, neglected or avoided. Punctuation is the use of spacing, conventional writing styles and symbols to construct meaningful language structures for clarity. Look at these examples: 1. i. A woman: without her, man is nothing. ii. A woman, without her man, is nothing. 2. i. When do we eat dad? ii. When do we eat, dad? 3. i. He eats, shoots and leaves. ii. He…

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You need to know

The English language follows the pattern of Latin Script, a writing system based on letters of Classical Latin Alphabets. It has majuscule(capital letters) and minuscule forms (small letters). Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is considered the longest word in an English dictionary. It is a medical word for a lung disease. Antidisestablishmentarianism is considered the longest non-coined word, while Floccinaucinihilipilification is said to be the longest non-technical word. Aegilops is the longest word in alphabetical order, being two letters longer than ‘almost’, biopsy’ and ‘chintz’. 6. Twyndyllyngs (twins) is considered the longest word without…

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Can non-native speakers influence English?

As at 2006, English was the first language of more than 300 million people and second language of more— guess you know what that means at present. On English language, Professor Barbara Seidlhofer of the University of Vienna asserts: “…roughly only one out of every four users of the language in the world is a native speaker. This means that most interactions in English take place among ‘non-native’ speakers…” Consequently, non-native speakers will continue to influence the language, and their versions will eventually find their way into future English dictionaries.

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Tips you can’t miss

*English language has only one alphabet with 26 letters, contrary to ‘ 26 alphabets’ which is widely talked about. An alphabet is a set of letters arranged in a particular order. *’Widow’ is the only female form in English that is shorter than its corresponding male form ‘widower’. *’He is a talkative’ is a common error among non-native speakers of English. It is incorrect because ‘talkative’ is not a noun. *’Use to’ is not the present tense form of ‘used to’. Use ‘usually’ or ‘always’ to indicate what you do…

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