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,... Continue Reading →


What is DIRECT SPEECH? Consider the following sentence: Rina said: "I don't understand indirect speech. I need explanation about this lesson." The given sentence is in direct speech: - The exact words of the speaker have been put within quotation marks ( " " ) - There is a colon ( : ) after 'said'.... Continue Reading →

“To die for!”

Graham : Do you have room for dessert? Julie : Yes, indeed. I think I’ll go for the homemade apple pie. Graham : All right, let’s get that. Julie : Wait a minute. The red velvet sounds scrumptious. Graham : I changed my mind. I’ll go for that, too. Julie : Hold on! I heard... Continue Reading →

Hanged vs Hung

Both 'hanged' and 'hung' are intransitive verbs; that means they need an object. These words are one of the most confusing words to ESL students. They often mix up the two words. I hope after reading my explanation about these two confusing words, you won't be confused anymore. HANGED is the simple past and past... Continue Reading →


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,... Continue Reading →

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