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    • rhetorical question Created: Monday, January 22, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A question asked merely for effect with no answer expected.
    • The Present Perfect: Using "Has" and "Have" With the Past Participle Created: Sunday, October 28, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Once you understand how to form the past tense of regular verbs, you shouldn't find it difficult to use verbs in the present perfect. All you'll need to add is an auxiliary verb--"has" or "have."
    • literature review Created: Sunday, March 14, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      The process of reading, analyzing, evaluating, and summarizing scholarly materials about a specific topic.
    • personification Created: Monday, January 22, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities.
    • exclamatory sentence Created: Saturday, June 23, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      An exclamatory sentence is a sentence that expresses strong feelings by making an exclamation.
    • imperative sentence Created: Saturday, June 23, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      An imperative sentence is a sentence that gives advice or instructions or that expresses a request or command.
    • declarative sentence Created: Sunday, February 11, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A sentence in the form of a statement (in contrast to a command, a question, or an exclamation).
    • interrogative sentence Created: Saturday, February 17, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks a question.
    • Is It Wrong to Begin a Sentence With "But"? Created: Monday, November 02, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      It has been common practice to begin sentences with a conjunction since at least as far back as the 10th century.
    • How to Use the Semicolon Created: Monday, April 13, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Stronger than a comma, less forceful than a period (or full stop): put simply, that's the nature of the semicolon. It's a mark, Lewis Thomas says, that offers "a pleasant little feeling of expectan...
    • comparison Created: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A rhetorical strategy in which a writer examines similarities and/or differences between two people, places, ideas, or objects.
    • qualifier Created: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A word or phrase (such as "very") that precedes an adjective or adverb, increasing or decreasing the quality signified by the word it modifies.
    • Top Four Guidelines for Using Commas Effectively Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      In his essay "In Praise of the Humble Comma," Pico Iyer compares the comma to "a flashing yellow light that asks us only to slow down." Here we'll consider four main guidelines for using commas ef...
    • relative clause Created: Thursday, May 29, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A relative clause is a clause introduced by a relative pronoun (which, that, who, whom, whose), a relative adverb (where, when, why), or a zero relative.
    • metathesis Created: Friday, October 10, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Metathesis is a linguistic and rhetorical term for the transposition within a word of letters, sounds, or syllables.
    • Classic British and American Essays and Speeches Created: Monday, August 18, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      From the works of Francis Bacon to those of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The greatest essays and speeches composed by British and American writers." itemprop="description" Friday, April 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Throughout his essay "On Inaccuracy," Belloc uses concise--and often amusing--examples to support his various points." itemprop="description">> Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary.
    • footnote Created: Sunday, August 02, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A reference, explanation, or comment placed below the main text on a printed page.
    • communication process Created: Friday, January 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The exchange of information (a "message") between two or more people.
    • How It Feels to Be Colored Me, by Zora Neale Hurston Created: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      "A genius of the South, novelist, folklorist, anthropologist"--those are the words that Alice Walker had inscribed on the tombstone of Zora Neale Hurston. In this essay, Hurston introduces herself.
    • determiner Created: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A word or a group of words that introduces a noun.
    • The 200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English Created: Saturday, November 25, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
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    • anecdote Created: Thursday, June 14, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A short account of an interesting or humorous incident, intended to illustrate or support some point.
    • abstract noun Created: Thursday, March 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A noun that names an idea, event, quality, or concept.
    • 50 Writing Topics: Classification Created: Sunday, October 21, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Many subjects can be explored through classification. These 50 topic suggestions should help you discover a subject that particularly interests you." itemprop="description"" --> itemprop="descripti...
    • word-formation Created: Thursday, April 12, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      In linguistics, the ways in which new words are made on the basis of other words or morphemes.
    • minutes Created: Saturday, April 30, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The official written record of a meeting.
    • affixation Created: Saturday, April 14, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      In linguistics, the process of adding a morpheme (or affix) to a word to create either (a) a different form of that word, or (b) a new word with a different meaning.
    • The Eight Parts of Speech Created: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      One way to begin studying basic sentence structures is to identify the parts of speech. Here you will learn the names and basic functions of these sentence parts." itempropxpr="$zTP='t3'" --> itemp...
    • allegory Created: Sunday, January 21, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The rhetorical strategy of extending a metaphor through an entire narrative so that objects, persons, and actions in the text are equated with meanings that lie outside the text.
    • code switching Created: Monday, January 11, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The practice of moving back and forth between two languages or between two dialects or registers of the same language.

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