“Is Closed” or “Is Close”?? “Is Opened” or “Is Open”?? – What’s the difference?

The word CLOSED can be a verb, an adjective, and also an adverb. Consider the following sentences: 1. The door is closed. “is closed” indicates a state of being (closed is functioned as an adjective) — The door is not open; the door is shut.   2. The door is close. “is close” indicates location… Read More “Is Closed” or “Is Close”?? “Is Opened” or “Is Open”?? – What’s the difference?

Plural Compound Nouns

Plural Linked-Words How do we pluralize these compound nouns? Drive-in movie Passer-by Does ‘drive-in movie’ become drives-in movie or drive-in movies? Does ‘passer-by’ become passer-bys or passers-by? Hold your thought for a moment until you finish reading this explanation thoroughly, then you can go back and answer that question again. PLURALIZE THE CHIEF ELEMENT Normally,… Read More Plural Compound Nouns

“Have gone” vs “Have been” – What’s the difference?

“Has/have gone to” refers to someone who has gone to a place, but has not yet returned. Example: A : Where’s Tom? B : He has gone to the bank. He should be back soon. “Has/have been to” refers to a place which someone has visited sometime in his life. In other words, “has been… Read More “Have gone” vs “Have been” – What’s the difference?


What’s Parallelism? Parallelism is the balance between two or more similar words, phrases, or clauses. Parallelism is also called Parallel Structure or Parallel Construction. Parallel construction prevents awkwardness, promotes clarity, and improves writing style and readability. INCORRECT: Julie likes playing the piano, the trumpet, and play the guitar. CORRECT   : Julie likes playing the piano,… Read More Parallelism