With the frigid weather that swept the USA this week, many of us have been “freezing our butts off” (a frequently used, colloquial phrase in English that implies weather so cold that our buns turn to ice!). Some other cold weather phrases are: To come in from the cold (bring in from the cold): to be welcome in or become part of a group, particularly if you are new or alone. Susan brought me in from the cold when she offered for me to join the team. To leave someone out… MORE →
The comparative and superlative of mountains! There are times in writing when a comparison is necessary. A description gives the reader specific details in order to provide them with an image. Making a comparison is another way of providing the reader with imagery within a descriptive narrative. The usage of both comparison and description helps in to keep the reader engaged with the text. Comparative sentences contain adjectives and adverbs that tend to end in –er, ‑est or have the words “more” and “most”. As a refresher, adjectives describe a noun or pronouns;… MORE →
onomatopoeia -n. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents. (countable) A word which has the property of onomatopoeia, such as “gurgle” or “hiss”. Definition from Grammarly Words, a free, easy-to-use dictionary and thesaurus.
A double negative refers to the use of two forms of negation in the same sentence. Examples: I don’t have none. We aren’t never leaving. Double negatives are not used in American Standard English, but are common in African American Vernacular English and in some regional dialects. Double negatives are also common in some foreign languages. It is important to note that in most environments, but especially in business and formal settings, the use of double negatives is highly discouraged.
Adverbs are disappearing. One of the most neglected is “well.” Good is an adjective. Adjectives are used to describe nouns—persons, places, things, or ideas. Good can also be a noun, meaning “that which is morally right; righteousness.” Well is an adverb. Adverbs are used to describe verbs—action words. So, are you doing good, well, or both?