THE PASSIVE VOICE

A passive construction occurs when you make the object of an action into the subject of a sentence. Active Voice = Zombies chased her. Passive Voice = She was chased [by zombies]. Many passive sentences include the actor at the end of the sentence in a “by” phrase, like “The Read more…

WHO’S and WHOSE

WHO’S: a contraction linking the words “who is” or “who has.” (Who’s wearing green today?) (Who’s been a good girl?) WHOSE:  the possessive form of who.  (Whose book is this?) (Is he the one whose tie matches mine today?) TIP: if you aren’t sure which one to use, substitute “who is” in the Read more…

FLAIR and FLARE

FLAIR is only a noun. It can mean either (1) distinctive elegance or style, or (2) a natural talent or aptitude. FLARE as a noun means (1) a brief blaze of light; (2) a sudden outburst; and (3) an expanding or outward opening. FLARE as a verb means (1) to Read more…

BESIDE and BESIDES

BESIDE and BESIDES often get confused. Both are prepositions, but they are used differently. Besides can also be used as an adverb, but beside cannot. BESIDE: a preposition used to determine the spatial relationship between two objects. It means “at the side of” or “next to.” For instance, “He sat Read more…

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