Archive for the ‘Words’ Category

Using means

November 1st, 2011 in Words

Both the singular and plural of means end in –s. ‘Means’ means method, process, way etc.

The railway is perhaps the most popular means of communication.

Alone and Lonely

October 11th, 2011 in Words

Alone can mean ‘without anyone else present’ or ‘without help’.

I sat alone. (Nobody else was present.)
I went alone.
I did the job alone.
The house stood alone on the hillside.

Grammar terms

September 1st, 2011 in Words

Headline language

The special variety of English used in writing newspaper headlines. In the following examples, the first form illustrates headline language and the second form ordinary English.

Strong verbs: common mistakes

August 8th, 2011 in Words


Bear has two past participle forms: born and borne. When referring to the birth of a child, born is used in the passive sense of ‘brought into this world’.

Effective and Efficient; Especially and Specially

August 4th, 2011 in Words

If you are efficient you work well without wasting time or energy.

As he was efficient he was promoted.

If something is effective, it has the desired result.

Using else

July 20th, 2011 in Words

Else can mean ‘other’ or ‘more’ after words like somebody / someone / something / somewhere / anybody / anyone / anything / anywhere / everybody / everyone / everything / everywhere / nobody / no one / nothing /nowhere etc.

North, northern, east, eastern etc

July 16th, 2011 in Words

The words eastern, western, northern and southern are used to talk about rather indefinite areas. The words east, west, north and south are used to talk about more clearly defined places.