What is a verbless sentence?

It is a general opinion that a sentence must contain at least an action word that…

Pronouns: understanding the basics

A pronoun is a word used in place of a noun to avoid repetition or make…

What’s a lisp?

Do you know someone who put their tongue between their upper and lower teeth when pronouncing…

cannot or can not: the simple rules

The difference between cannot and can not is confusing to a number of English language users.…

It is I vs It is me: the simplified explanation

There has been an age-long debate on the use of It is I/It is me and…

Restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses

restrictive (defining) relative clause A restrictive relative clause (defining relative clause) is that clause that explains…

Clauses simplified

When you join grammatical units and they contain a main verb, a clause is born. Just…

What exactly is a phrase?

A phrase is a group of word (usually small) that forms part of a clause and…

loggerhead vs loggerheads

The words ‘loggerhead’ and ‘loggerheads’ belong to the same part of speech (nouns) but have different…

everyday vs every day: How not to be confused

‘Everyday’ and ‘every day’ are both correct but used in different contexts, and research shows some…

What to know about ellipsis (punctuation)

An ellipsis is one of those simple but often overused or misused punctuation marks. While some…

Judgement or judgment

Ever wonder why ‘judgement’ and ‘judgment’ are both correct? This is the answer: In British English,…

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…

Envelope vs envelop: know the difference

The difference between envelope and envelop is known to a large number of people, but some…

Bouncy or bouncing baby: what you should know

Are you confused about using bouncy or bouncing for babies? Do you think bouncy is the adjective…

Long time no see: Not a Nigerian Pidgin expression

The expression long time no see is not a phrase coined by Nigerian Pidgin users as believed by…

May and might: uses in today’s English

May and might are confusing to a large number of speakers, and even more so because…

Why English is compulsory in aviation

Have you heard the expression: ‘English is the language of the air’? Aviation safety has always…

Stan: an English word credited to Eminem

Oxford English Dictionary has officially added the word ‘stan’ to the dictionary. The word is the…

… someone’s appetite: wet or whet

The expression ‘whet someone’s appetite’ is often incorrectly written as ‘wet someone’s appetite’. The correct form…