A colon is that punctuation mark which is used for three grammatical purposes. Those three purposes are: 1. To introduce a list 2. To explain the first clause 3. To use before a quotation Let us explain these uses of a colon one by one. 1. To Introduce a list You can use a colon to introduce a list. For example, • I think you have three things in your pocket: a pen, a small diary, and a mobile phone. • Please bring five things from market: vegetables, fruits, yogurt, milk, bread, … [Read more...]
Dictionary: English Grammar Terms
In this category, I want to explain some grammatical terms. In order to become a better English writer, you should use each word correctly. You must be very careful with word choice. So, you need to be familiar of grammatical terms and you need to clear up your literary concepts.
Below is the list of some dictionary words that include a few important grammatical terms. Must read each post if you want to become an efficient writer.
A collective noun is that word which is used to refer to a group of people, things, or animals. Though, a collective noun represents a group but it denotes that group as a singular unit. Take a look at the list of most common collective nouns, • Family • Army • Staff • Team • Committee • Department • Society • Public • Class • Company • Audience • School • Group • Council • Board • Firm • Jury Use of Collective Nouns in Example Sentences 1. My team is better than … [Read more...]
You might have heard about open and close ended questions. These are the types of questions that you can come across in job interviews, projects, or surveys. In this post, I will tell you the definitions of open-ended and close-ended questions with example sentences. What are Open-ended Questions? Open-ended questions are such questions that do not restrict someone in giving answers. People can answer freely without having any word limit or options (like yes or no). The answers of such … [Read more...]
In English, almost each and every sentence has at least one clause in it. A clause expresses a complete thought and meaning; and it has a subject and a predicate. As, subject is the one who performs the action (which is the verb), this is the reason that a clause can express a complete thought and idea. For example, The students are still reading the novel. In the above example, you can see that ‘the students’ is the subject and this subject is doing the action (verb), which is … [Read more...]
Do you have any idea about cardinal and ordinal numbers? Do you know the rules to write down these numbers within sentences? In this post, I will define each of these terms and provide you a few example sentences to show you the correct way to write these numbers within sentences. Let us check out their definitions one by one. Cardinal Numbers A Cardinal number is used as a noun within a sentence. A cardinal number is such a number that is used to express the quantity of an item. … [Read more...]