“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

English Grammar

Mixed Constructions

A mixed construction is a sentence with incompatible elements that begins with one type of structure and shifts to another type of structure. In these

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Parallelism

Parallel sentence elements in grammar are just like parallel lines in geometry: they face the same direction and never meet. More precisely, in grammar, it’s

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Passive Voice

The passive voice is often maligned by teachers and professors as a bad writing habit. Or, to put it in the active voice, teachers and

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Metaphors

A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true but helps explain an idea

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Similes

Let’s use this example to understand what a simile is: A simile is a phrase that uses a comparison to describe. For example, “life” can be described as similar

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Idioms

What’s an Idiom? Broadly speaking, an idiom is a widely used phrase that, when taken as a whole, has a particular meaning that you would

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Onomatopoeia

Boom! Crunch! Pop! Onomato . . . what? Hard to spell but easy to use, an onomatopoeia (ahn-uh-mat-uh-PEE-uh) is a word that sounds like what it means.

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Hyperbole

Hyperbole (hi-PER-buh-lee) is a language that is obviously exaggerated and not meant to be taken literally. Writers often use hyperbole for emphasis or to be

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Compound Words

When two words are used together to yield a new meaning, a compound is formed. Compound words can be written in three ways: as open

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Capitalization

At first glance, the rules of English capitalization seem simple. You probably know you should capitalize proper nouns and the first word of every sentence.

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Spelling Rules

Anyone who has ever had to memorize a tough-to-spell English word (It’s fuchsia, right? Or is it fuschia? Fushia?) has noticed that the spelling of some words is

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Abbreviation

An abbreviation, simply put, is a shortened form of a word. In writing, abbreviations are useful when you need to squeeze a lot of writing

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Question Mark

Without question marks, we’d miss out on all kinds of things: invitations, jokes, the Riddler . . . No doubt, the question mark is a

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Parentheses and Brackets

Parentheses are punctuation marks that are used to set off information within a text or paragraph. Outside the realm of emoticons, parentheses always come in pairs.

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What is a Hyphen?

A hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark that’s used to join words or parts of words. It’s not interchangeable with other types of dashes. Use

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The Ellipsis

Those three little dots are called ellipsis (plural: ellipses). The term ellipsis comes from the Greek word meaning “omission,” and that’s just what an ellipsis

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Use of Colons

A colon introduces an element or series of elements that illustrates or amplifies the information that preceded the colon. While a semicolon normally joins two

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Apostrophe Rules

Apostrophes can be tricky. Sometimes they form possessives. Sometimes they form contractions. Can they ever make something plural? Apostrophe Use: Contractions and Omissions A contraction

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Verb Forms

There are up to five forms for each verb: root, third-person singular, present participle, past, and past participle. Root Form of the Verb The root

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What is a Pronoun?

Pronouns are the words you substitute for other nouns when your reader or listener already knows which nouns you’re referring to. For example, you might

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Prepositions

Prepositions indicate relationships between other words in a sentence. Many prepositions tell you where something is or when something happened. Most prepositions have several definitions,

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Interjections

What are They? Ouch! Oh my! Wow! Yikes! If you’ve ever uttered any of the words above, you’ve used an interjection, whether you knew it

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What Are Conjunctions?

Without conjunctions, you’d be forced to express every complex idea in a series of short, simplistic sentences: I like cooking. I like eating. I don’t

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What Are Articles?

Articles are words that define a noun as specific or unspecific. Consider the following examples: After the long day, the cup of tea tasted particularly good. By using the

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What is an Adverb?

An adverb is a word that modifies (describes) a verb (he sings loudly), an adjective (very tall), another adverb (ended too quickly), or even a

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What Is an Adjective?

What is an adjective? Adjectives are words that describe the qualities or states of being of nouns: enormous, doglike, silly, yellow, fun, fast. They can also describe

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What is symbolism in writing, and how does it work? Symbolism is the use of words or images to symbolize specific concepts, people, objects, or

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What is a transitive verb? You can categorize all verbs into two types: transitive and intransitive verbs. Transitive verbs use a direct object, which is a noun that receives the action of

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