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Parenthetical Phrases – Definition & Examples

Do you want to add more information to your sentence without ruining its flow and framing? If you answered yes, then you should learn how to use parentheticals. Don’t worry, I’ve got everything you need to know to learn it in a flash. A parenthetical word or phrase is added to a sentence without changing its grammatical structure. I’ll discuss the definition and correct usage of parenthetical phrases in English grammar below. And you’ll discover their different types and the …

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Will vs. Would – Difference, Examples & Worksheet

Most people know that the word “would” is the past tense of “will, but there is a subtle difference between the two. In this blog post, we will see the difference between “will” and “would,” and we will provide some examples to help you understand how to use them correctly. Will vs. Would “Will” is a modal verb used to talk about willingness and beliefs and to make promises, requests, and offers. The modal verb “would” is the past tense …

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Past Participle Adjectives – Uses & Examples

When taking time to learn a new language, it’s important to understand all the different parts of speech. This is especially so for English; as I know, it’s one of the hardest languages to learn. One thing that can be confusing is how to turn verbs into adjectives. But how do you use a past participle as an adjective? This post will review the various uses and examples of past participle adjectives. What Is a Past Participle Adjective? Past participle …

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Brackets in Quotes – Usage & Examples

When I teach students how to quote blend, they often need help making a quote work with their writing. Integrating a quote into a sentence in a way that flows can be challenging, but did you know that you can change the tense and add words to make this easier? There are different types of brackets, and they are versatile in their uses, but the square bracket, in particular, is extremely helpful when it comes to adding quotes to your …

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Future Perfect Continuous Tense – Uses & Worksheet

All good writers know that verbs have tenses that show when the action or state of being occurs. For instance, all future tenses show future action. But what if it’s in the perfect continuous form? What is the future perfect continuous tense? I know it’s so easy to get all these tenses mixed up. This lesson is about the definition and uses of the future perfect continuous tense. Learn the verb tense’s structures and functions, then answer the worksheet I …

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Lets vs. Let’s – What’s The Difference?

Even the most experienced writers lack a clear distinction between lets and let’s. I’m guilty of it. One is a third-person, singular, present tense version of let, while the other is a contraction for let us. Is it lets or let’s? Good question. I’ll show you the difference between lets and let’s with examples of how to use them in a sentence. Lets vs. Let’s: The Correct Way to Use Each Word Don’t let the pesky apostrophe let you misuse …

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Used To or Use To? – Meaning and Examples

Is it I use to be a singer or I used to be a singer? Perhaps you also wonder if it’s correct to say I’m used to the warm California weather. When speaking, it’s hard to tell the difference. But in writing, both phrases have completely different meanings, but I’ll explain everything you need to know. Let’s dive deep into the two definitions of used to and some examples of how to use them in a sentence. I also explain …

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Parentheses or Parenthesis – What’s the Difference?

Nobody likes to read bland or boring sentences, but luckily there are multiple ways to add details to your material for reader enjoyment. One of the most popular techniques is the inclusion of parenthetical elements, additional information that allows you to share details with your reader without breaking the flow of sentences. Set within parentheses (a form of punctuation), these words add tone, details, and definitions to your writing. A parenthesis is part of a parenthetical expression and can denote …

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There Is vs. There Are – Difference & Worksheet

The phrases “there is” and “there are” indicate that something exists. However, where it is placed in a sentence can create confusion about which form to use. The trick to knowing how to use them correctly lies in the noun that follows it and whether it is singular or plural. We’ve provided some very simple rules and examples below to help you correctly use “there is” and “there are” in your sentences. Be sure to test your knowledge with the …

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Passive Voice – Usage, Misuses & Worksheet

To be a successful writer in any sense, it’s important to understand how to correctly use the different parts of speech. I’ve learned this first-hand as a writer and published author for over a decade. One of these parts is the passive voice, which can often be misused. I see it all the time. My guide will discuss passive voice and how to use it correctly. I’ve also included a worksheet for you to practice using the passive voice. Let’s …

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