Verb Mistakes #9: Past Tense forms of Lay and Lie

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This post focuses on mistaken spellings of the past tense forms of lay and lie. The past tense of the verb lay that refers to egg production is also spelled laid : INCORRECT: About a month ago she layed eggs for a week, then stopped.

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20 Types and Forms of Humor

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Anecdotal : Named after the word anecdote (which stems from the Greek term meaning “unpublished”); refers to comic personal stories that may be true or partly true but embellished. The name probably derives from the eighteenth-century use of the word blue to refer to morally strict standards — hence the phrase “blue laws” to refer to ordinances restricting certain behavior on the Sabbath). Original Post: 20 Types and Forms of Humor.

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7 Forms of Emphasis in Writing

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It is employed for foreign words and phrases that have not been adopted into English, for titles of compositions such as films and books, to represent emphatic speech (for example, in “You’re not really going to tell her, are you?”), or to refer to a word as a word (for example, “Define hubris ”).

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3 Types of Awkward References to Numbers

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Also, two numbers in numeral form should not appear in sequence, as in this example in which an age is followed by a count: “The day the slain woman was to turn 28, 3,000 people gathered at a church to recall her life.” Original Post: 3 Types of Awkward References to Numbers.

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Pronoun Mistakes #2: Reflexive and Intensive Forms

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direct object of covered ) Cat is the referent. object of the preposition of ) Child is the referent. Both reflexive and intensive pronouns refer to a noun or pronoun that precedes it in the same clause. The object form me is required. The subject form you is required.

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How to Refer to Former and Future States

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In reference to people who are no longer in a particular position or profession, the most common wording, for example, is “former stockbroker John Smith” or “ex-stockbroker John Smith.” Original Post: How to Refer to Former and Future States.

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How to Punctuate References to Dates and Times

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Where do the commas go in references to days, months, years, and time of day? The same form is correct for referring to a holiday during a certain year: “I haven’t seen her since Christmas 2005.” A reference to day, date, and time requires commas between each pair of elements: “The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 7-9 p.m.” (And Original Post: How to Punctuate References to Dates and Times.

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5 Fluctuating Forms of Gender-Specific Language

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Words altered to include an -ess ending to specify reference to a woman are generally going by the wayside: Often, a female movie, television, or theater performer is identified as an actor (though performing-arts awards retain best-actress categories), whereas terms for female members of royalty such as princess and duchess , in keeping with the anachronistic survival of the concept, persist. Original Post: 5 Fluctuating Forms of Gender-Specific Language.

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11 Forms of Word Patronage to Forgo

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Garner , the dean of American English usage, calls such phrasing “word patronage”; rhetoricians refer to it as metanoia or correctio. Original Post: 11 Forms of Word Patronage to Forgo. Various specimens of a curious class of self-referential expressions often find their way into spoken and written discourse.

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The Many Forms of Plurals

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Plurals take many (sometimes curious or counterintuitive) forms. Here is an outline of how to form various types of plurals according to the word form or ending: For words ending in: nonsibilant, or voiceless, consonants: add -s ( dogs ). us: delete -us and add -i ( alumni ), -ii ( radii ), -era ( genera ), or -ora ( corpora ), or leave -us and add -es ( octopuses ) or use another form, depending on context ( cactuses/cacti ). Original Post: The Many Forms of Plurals.

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How to Refer to Governmental Administrative Bodies

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The formal style for Cabinet-level departments is “the Department of State,” for example, though journalistic style often up-ends this form as, for instance, “the State Department.” Some departments are also recognized by their initials (DOJ for “Department of Justice,” for example), though abbreviations should be used only on second reference (an editing term that actually means “all subsequent references”), after the name is spelled out the first time it is used.

6 Forms of the Subjunctive Mood

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Then you should frame sentences in one of the six following forms. The key difference is a change in the form of a given verb: Am or was is supplanted by were , be takes the place of are , or singular active verbs lose their -s or -es endings. Are you in a subjunctive mood?

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15 Terms for Forms and Types of Governance

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These and other questions of usage are answered with definitions and connotations of terms referring to forms and philosophies of government listed below: 1. Anarchy : Anarchy is from the Greek word meaning “no rule” and refers to a society without government. Authoritarian : Less a form of government than a description, this term connotes an oppressive form of rule in which citizens’ rights are restricted, putatively for the society’s security and stability.

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20 Clipped Forms and Their Place (If Any) in Formal Writing

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Clipped forms, shortened abbreviations of words, have a checkered history. When writing in academic contexts, in business writing, or another formal environment, take note of the status of these common clipped forms: 1. Ad : In formal writing, the full form, advertisement , is usually employed. Burger : If ever a reference to this fast food staple makes its way into formal writing, the short form of hamburger is just as likely to appear as the long form.

How Should You Refer to a Cultural Era?

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However, capitalizing Sixties creates an inconsistency if, in the same document or in other issues of the same publication, other single-word references to decades are correctly treated generically, with no contextual emphasis: “The people who became prominent in this era were born during the forties.” But most writers and editors — including me — would accept adjacent references to “the Roaring Twenties” and “the thirties” without question, so this style is my preference.

19 Tips for Managing Your Email Even When You Don't Want To.

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Productive & Organized Goes Audio in 3 Different Ways » 19 Tips for Managing Your Email Even When You Dont Want To E-mail, it is the form of communication that we love to hate and love to love.  I create folders for @action, @waiting for, and then reference folders by subject.

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3 Types of Essays Are Models for Professional Writing Forms

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The three types of essay most commonly assigned in school — the narrative essay, the persuasive essay, and the expository essay — conveniently correspond to those writing forms most frequently published online and in print. Your experience with these prose forms is ideal preparation for writing for publication. This form, employed when reporting about an event or an incident, describing an experience, or telling a story, is the basic mode in journalistic writing.

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Reducing Overheads Can Save A Business | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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In the simplest form this means having more money coming in than is going out. The term ‘business overhead’ refers to the general cost of running a business; this can include carrying an inventory, supplies, staff and premises. E-Mail me or follow me.

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Oh No! We May Not Have Heard From You

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We May Not Have Heard From You Recently a wonderful reader responded to one of our posts via email to let us know that she had filled out our contact form and had not heard from us.  Long story short, the form had been down for over a month plus. 

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Awoken or Awakened?

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by Maeve Maddox Carson Buckingham requests a post on “awake in all its bizarre forms—-awokened???????&# Confusion about the past tense forms stems from the fact that the words evolved from two Old English verbs, one of which was “strong&# and one of which was “weak.&#

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Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques | THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG

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Small Business Bootstrapping Techniques by Stefan Töpfer on Oct 01, 2007 I often refer to “ bootstrapping “, when I talk about small business, you may very well be asking “ What the hell is bootstrapping?&# E-Mail me or follow me. You ask a question, I answer!

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Sealing the Deal with Clients – It’s An Art Form All Its Own

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This means—don’t talk to everyone who happens upon your site or gets referred to you. Like any art form, it takes practice to hone your skills, but you’ll end up with a real masterpiece—a successful business, designed by you, and filled with wonderful clients! by Donna Toothaker.

Math or Maths?

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by Simon Kewin Is “math” or “maths” the correct word to use as the shortened or colloquial form of the word mathematics? The shortened form “maths”, then, makes sense because the word is still a plural noun and so should still have the “s” on the end.

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The Tower, The Village, The Path, and The Way

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for the gaming, I use them as a form of decompression but I tend to play games that have an earlier ending than most (sports games, WWE 13, etc.). Latest blog post: A Different Take on Boxing Day braincutlery 5pts I can totally sympathise with this, particularly the reference to KOTOR (which Im currently replaying on my Mac).

Idioms Referring to Colors of the Rainbow

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Because of the association of the color red with danger and deficits, most idioms that include the word red — for example, “in the red” (meaning “in debt”) “red tape” (referring to bureaucratic complications), and “seeing red” (being so angry that one’s vision is blurred) — have negative associations. Into the wild blue yonder,” meanwhile, refers to a venture into unknown territory.). Original Post: Idioms Referring to Colors of the Rainbow.

The Networked Enterprise (TNE) Reference Card

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Learn the Forms of “drink,” Please!

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Posts By Email Grab The RSS Home Archives About Contact Tests Book Learn the Forms of “drink,&# Please! 18 Responses to “Learn the Forms of “drink,&# Please!&# ‘ I had been sitting’ is the Past Perfect Continous Tense, not a form of the verb.

Sealing the Deal with Clients – It’s An Art Form All Its Own

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This means—don’t talk to everyone who happens upon your site or gets referred to you. Like any art form, it takes practice to hone your skills, but you’ll end up with a real masterpiece—a successful business, designed by you, and filled with wonderful clients! by Donna Toothaker.

Participles and Perfect Verb Tenses

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Participles are verb forms, but they are incomplete. The helping verb used with the past participle to form the past perfect is had : Before reinforcements arrived, the enemy had captured most of the men. For example, “walked&# is the simple past form.

10 Tips for Clean, Clear Writing

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Adhering to the following guidance about usage, syntax, punctuation, style, and form will perceptibly improve the quality of your writing. The traditional five-sentence paragraph form is fatiguing.

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25 Words Coined by Nineteenth-Century Authors

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actualize : Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge came up with this verb form of actual to refer to realizing a goal; self-actualization came much later. butterfingers : Dickens was also responsible for this evocative reference to clumsiness, though he hyphenated it.

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Words in the “Struct” Family

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From the latter word comes the forms structuralist , structuralization , structuralize , structuralized , and structuralistically. Noun forms pertaining to the quality of the construction, destruction, instruction, or obstruction attach -ness to the adjectival form.

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Sealing the Deal with Clients – It’s An Art Form All Its Own

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This means—don’t talk to everyone who happens upon your site or gets referred to you. Like any art form, it takes practice to hone your skills, but you’ll end up with a real masterpiece—a successful business, designed by you, and filled with wonderful clients! One thing I hear a lot from VAs and other entrepreneurs is how they want to increase their “closing the sale” percentage because it’s so low. Let’s face it; that’s what we all want, isn’t it?

40 Irregular Verbs That Can End in “-t”

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The predominant way to represent the past tense of a verb is to add -ed , but some verbs take -t as a variant ending, or even as the only form. Here are forty such verbs, including some ubiquitous words (like left and shot ) we may not even think of as having irregular forms because they are the only forms we know — for example, leaved and shooted are not options — as well as some that survive only in poetry or mock-archaic usage.

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Use of the Apostrophe in Possessive Constructions

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This post outlines the prevailing rules and recommendations for employing apostrophes when using the possessive form of a noun and discusses in which cases an s should follow the apostrophe.

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The Many Cognates of “Cede”

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The word cede and words with the syllable -cede share an origin with other similarly spelled words that in some sense refer to withdrawal. The term cession , which refers to an act of ceding, or yielding is rare. It can also be a verb referring to such a movement.)

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5 Errors in Noun-Verb Agreement

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As shown in the examples below, when writers craft sentences with more than one noun or pronoun in the subject, they sometimes misidentify the key noun or pronoun and assign the wrong verb form to it.

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10 Types of Apostrophe Errors You Should Avoid

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Writing the plural form of a noun in which an apostrophe precedes the plural s , such as when taxi’s is written instead if taxis , is a common error. With the Possessive Form of a Surname. With the Plural Form of an Abbreviation. With the Plural Form of a Numeral.

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