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The “@” Symbol

the @This symbol has various titles in English, such as the “atmark,” the “at” sign, and the “commercial at.” According to Smithsonian Magazine, the origin is not entirely certain: “One theory is that medieval monks, looking for shortcuts while copying manuscripts, converted the Latin word for “toward”—ad—to “a” with the Read more…

Lie and Lay

LAY: to put down; needs an object (transitive)LIE: to recline; never takes an object (intransitive) For example, when you feel tired at the end of the day, you may LIE down. But you can’t “lie” a book anywhere, and you can’t “lay” down (no object) at the end of the Read more…

Linking verbs

Most people think of verbs as actions words, and they are correct! Some special types of verbs, however, do NOT show action. Linking verbs LINK the subject to a noun or adjective in the predicate. They do not show action; by linking (connecting), they help to give more information about Read more…

Capital and Capitol

CAPITAL: an adjective, meaning several things such as: “upper case” (as in a capital “C”)“punishable by death”“chief in importance” CAPITAL: a noun, meaning:“a town or seat that is the seat of state government”“wealth in the form of money or property” CAPITOL: a noun, meaning:“a building in which a state legislative body Read more…