Archive for December, 2010

Object complements

December 15th, 2010 in Improve English

Some transitive verbs are followed by an object together with an object complement. Note that an object complement is a word or phrase that gives more information about the object. It is usually an adjective or noun phrase.

Italicization

December 14th, 2010 in Writing

When used properly, italics can add emphasis to your writing. The key is knowing when it is proper to set words in italics. So what are the rules of italicization?

Common suffixes

December 13th, 2010 in Words

The following lists are given for reference and study.

Common suffixes

-able, -ible: These are used to make adjectives. Different meanings are possible:

a) that can be / is liable to be

References to males and females – part 2

December 11th, 2010 in Writing

Actor, actress etc

A few jobs and positions have different words for men and women.

Examples are given below:

Man / Woman

Gender (references to males and females)

December 11th, 2010 in Writing

Animals, cars, ships and countries

In English we usually use it to refer to animals and things. However, sometimes we call animals he or she. This practice is common when animals are thought of as having personality.

Infinitive clause as subect or object

December 10th, 2010 in English Grammar

Infinitive clause as subject

An infinitive clause can be the subject of a sentence. This was common in older English.

Exclamatory sentences: verb patterns

December 9th, 2010 in Improve English

Exclamatory sentences are often constructed with what and how or with so and such. Negative question forms are also used.

Exclamations with what

What a/an + (adjective) + singular countable noun