Grammar

The Grammarphobia Blog: A wussy pronunciation

Q: A post of yours says “wuss” was first recorded in 1976. However, I just found this example in A Tangled ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Wanna look like a chumbolone?

Q: Have you come across the word “chumbolone”? It’s a new one for me. I found it on John Kass’s ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Gob on a stick

Q: As a retiree, I often check out the website Ask a Manager to marvel at what goes on in ...

Adjacent Concepts and Their Meanings

Certainly, I can expand the article to meet the 2000-word requirement and include examples and tables for a more comprehensive ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: When a diet is a journey

Q: Is it my imagination or has “journey” become a ubiquitous term for going mentally or spiritually between points A ...

Exploring the Meaning of “Mayal” in English

Meaning of "Mayal" in English Welcome to this insightful article where we embark on a journey to unravel the meaning ...

Tenses Quiz

Fill in the blanks. Answers I will open the umbrella if it rains. People call the fire brigade when their ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: ‘Ask, and it shall be given you’

Q: I direct my Philosophy of Ethics students to your page about the distinction between morals and ethics. I was ...

Gap Filling Vocabulary Exercise

Fill in the blanks. Answers It is awfully cold today. The floods caused considerable damage to the crops. Necessity is ...

Prepositions Quiz

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate preposition. Answers They died of hunger. Can you finish the work by tomorrow? ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Can a chatbot hallucinate?

Q: Why do some writers say ChatGPT is “hallucinating” when it makes stuff up (e.g., recites lines of prose supposedly ...

General Grammar Exercise

Fill in the blanks. Answers You are the most annoying person in my life. The town where I work is ...

Articles Exercise

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate article. Answers I want to talk to the manager. She arrived here in ...

General Grammar Exercise

Fill in the blanks. Answers Should we invite them? You shouldn’t have yelled at him – it really upset him ...

Tenses Exercise

Fill in the blanks. Answers It has been raining for the last two days. The ship sank. He has not ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: ‘Time to get up, you lot!’

Q: Do you think the British use of “you lot” as a second person plural pronoun has a link to ...

Gap Filling Vocabulary Exercise

Fill in the blanks. Answers He visits his mother on alternate days. He took a deep breath. She hails from ...

Intermediate Level Gap Filling Vocabulary Exercise

Fill in the blanks. Answers They mourned the death of their leader. This is a comprehensive account of his life ...

Prepositions Quiz

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate preposition. 1. She accused me …………………… stealing her cat. 2. I am tired ...

Prepositions Quiz

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate preposition Answers One must never live above their means. They have a house ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Why we rely on a ‘go-to’

Q: When did people start using the phrase “go-to” as a noun? I don’t recall having heard it when I ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Not to mention Paul

Q: Thank you for your article on “not to mention,” a funny phrase since the writer goes on to mention ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: The laundry list, itemized

Q: What’s a “laundry list” anyway? Do people itemize their dirty socks? Even when I go to a laundry, they ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Let’s liven things up

Q: Are “enliven,” “liven,” and “liven up” equally acceptable? Is one preferred? “Liven up” seems a little colloquial for written ...

The Grammarphobia Blog: Did ‘y’all’ originate in England?

Q: An article in the online magazine Atlas Obscura suggests that “y’all” may have originated in 17th-century England, not the American South of ...
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