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Fiona Donovan

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More grammar problems

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 12:01 PM Comments comments (85)
Hi there my fellow book lovers. Found some more grammar problems that tend to get mixed up in this difficult language of ours. Hope that you find them helpful. Until next time, Ta Ta.

English is weird

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 9:51 AM Comments comments (255)
The English language is weird;

It can be understood through tough, thorough thought though.
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A Murder of Crows
Back in the Middle ages someone decided that a group of crows should be called a murder. What do crows have to do with murder, who knows for certain. Some people believe that they are a sign of death, while others see them a sign of luck. This makes for a macabre collective noun. 

Parts of speech

Posted on September 6, 2015 at 12:19 PM Comments comments (229)
 
 
I wanted to return to The English language again. I want to talk about Contractions. No, not the type that woman have during labor!
 
Contractions, along with an Apostrophe are used to shorten words.
In a world where everything seems to be abbreviated for our convenience to save time, unfortunately, even our language has fallen victim. Myself, I just feel that it is due to laziness, we cannot be bothered to write out the entire word. 
 
Here are some examples:
 
it's           it is
 
isn't          is not
 
don't         do not
 
haven't      have not
 
you're        you are
 
can't          cannot
 
There are many many more that I could give. I just wanted to give you an idea.

British Expressions

Posted on July 5, 2015 at 12:21 PM Comments comments (38)
As if there wasn't already enough confusion about the English language, I've found some popular everyday sayings and expressions. I must admit that it's been a while since I've heard a few of these, but it made me smile to remember them. I couldn't help myself but share them with you just to add to the mix and confusion!

Another figure of speech

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 1:58 PM Comments comments (34)
HAPPY NEW YEAR to my fellow book worms! You know how I enjoy the English Language, well I found a figure of speech that I had not heard of;  HOMONYMN- what is it?
A Homonymn is a word that has two completely different meanings. Here are a few examples to give you an idea:
 
Tire:        a rubber wheel           to become exhausted
 
Fire:         smoke and flames       to lose one's job
 
Lead:        to show the way          a heavy metal
 
Bear:         an animal                    to carry a burden
 
Tear:         eye fluid                    to rip apart
 
Fine:          not coarse                  a monetary penalty
 
File :         to arrange alphabetically        a tool to smoothen a surface
 
 
I often sit reading through my Thesaurus. What a wonderful tool, there is so much information in there, not only can you expand your vocabulary, learn the meaning of words, find alternate words for a particular word, you can also learn about figures of speech. The Engish language is complex! A dictionary doesn't always give you the information that you need.
 
Thesaurus is latin for "treasure house".

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