Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Let's Play Hangman

Idiom of the Day


a falling out

A severe quarrel or disagreement, especially one that leads to a temporary or permanent end of a relationship.

In Silence


by Shinta Harini

I plopped down on my seat, and sighed. I was hoping for a window seat on this flight home from New York. Coming home to a home that was no longer a home after my parents’ separation was a really hard trip to make. I needed time to work things out. But here I was, on an aisle seat. Next to a guy with eyes bluer than the ocean… A guy…

Hey, I knew this guy! I looked closely at him. He was looking out the porthole. Sometimes he nodded his head to the tune of a song he was listening to on his earphones.

“Going to Des Moines?” I said, trying my luck. I had to raise my voice above the loud music that I could hear even without the earphones.

“What?” He stared at me, taking off the earphones. “Des Moines? Yeah. Yeah.” His voice trailed off. My heart leapt up.

Des Moines! Perfect! I mustered the courage to ask, “You’re Jordan Ward, aren’t you?”

He stared hard at me. I freaked out. I felt my face reddening at once.

Link to Writers' Guides

Below are links to entries containing tips for writers and points of grammar and usage:

Parts of Speech . . . and Beyond
A detailed discussion of parts of speech – not just definitions but extensive treatment of subdivisions and rules for use.

Those Pesky Verbals
An examination of gerunds, infinitives, and participles.

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
The rules for making pronouns agree with their antecedents, with some notes on how to avoid "sexist" pronouns.

A discussion of balanced sentence structure.

Uses of the Semicolon
Short and simple guide to use of the semicolon.

Comma Splices
How to avoid and correct one of the most common errors – the comma splice.

Brief Guide to Comma Usage
Outline of the rules for when to use commas and when not to use them.

Toward Concise Writing
Some pointers on how to make writing more concise.

Possessive Nouns: The Apostrophe
An explanation of the rules for forming the possessive case of nouns by adding either an apostrophe + s or just an apostrophe.

The Pronoun Trap
Among the most embarrassing errors are those involving common pronouns.  Here is how to avoid such errors.

Agreement of Subject and Verb
Rules for subject–verb agreement, with illustrative sentences.

Hyphenated Words: A Guide
When should a word be hyphenated and when not hyphenated?  Here are some answers.

"Which" Versus "That"
A brief explanation of when to use which and when to use that.

Active and Passive Voice of Verbs
The voice of verbs – where the subject does the action (active) and where the action is done to the subject (passive).

Sentence Patterns
A fairly detailed account of types of sentences and how they are structured.

The Five C's
A description of the five components of effective writing.

Cute Light Switch