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Learning the difference between the various parts of speech - nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections - can be tedious and confusing for any language learner.
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What can spelling tell us about relationships between words?
About This Video What can spelling tell us about relationships between words? While spelling may sometimes seem random or unexpected, this lesson illuminates how peeling back the layers of spelling helps us understand the complex history and meaningful structure of words.
We would like to help you understand what our spelling/word study program will look like in third grade. Each week your child will be given ten spelling words to study at home based on the spelling pattern we are studying in class. Just like the second grade program, the final test will also include some words that your child will not be able to study that follow the same spelling pattern.
All it takes is a simple S to make most English words plural. But it hasn't always worked that way (and there are, of course, exceptions). John McWhorter looks back to the good old days when English was newly split from German -- and books, names and eggs were beek, namen and eggru!
Play Grammar Gamble, the online English grammar quiz, and beat the scores of your friends.
Grammar Gamble is based on the popular classroom activity. Players choose the answer to a grammar question and 'bet' points depending on how confident they are. At the end of the game they can share their final scores on Facebook or Twitter.
Now that text talk is widely accepted as a legitimate form of communication, we are left wondering: Will text talk become our main form of communication in the future? Will the widespread use of text talk negatively impact the way we communicate? Or are we engaged in the creation of a colorful new language every time we text?
One of the pleasures of a recent piece on semicolons by Ben Dolnick, in the Times (“Semicolons: A Love Story”), was his reference to William James, whose deft use of the semicolon to pile on clauses, Dolnick writes, is...
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