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  • Word Matrix: Galact

    <galact> “milk, milky” from Greek gala (genitive galaktos, stem galakt-) “milk” Word Sums Galact + ic -> galactic Extra + Galact...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJune 17, 2019
  • ‘The Sketchbook’ Book Review

    With summer reading programs in full swing, I am always looking for new books to share with my kiddos. I especially...

    ReviewsHeather JohnsonJune 16, 2019
  • Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Adjunct Adverbials

    Notional grammars traditionally verbs as “words that denote actions and states of being.” A verb phrase consists of a verb plus...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonJune 15, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Cat

    <cat> “feline” from Old English catt Words Sums Cat Cat + s -> cats Cat + ed -> catted Cat +...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJune 6, 2019
  • Adjectives Versus Verbs: Participial Adjectives

    As I have written many times before, the line between grammatical forms is blurry at best, especially among lexical categories like...

    English AdjectivesHeather JohnsonJune 4, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Pter

    <pter> “feather, wing” from Greek pteron Word Sums Pter + ide + ine -> pteridine Pter + ide + ine +...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMay 28, 2019
  • How to Diagram a Sentence: Form-Function Diagrams

    What is grammar? The popular notion is actual or presumed prescriptive notions about the correct use of a language. But linguistics...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMay 20, 2019
  • Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Noun Phrase Complements

    Notional grammars define verbs as “words that denote actions and states of being.” A verb phrase consists of a verb plus...

    English VerbsHeather JohnsonMay 13, 2019
  • Please Don’t Lambast(e) Me

    I love all forms of word play. Before Easter, I heard a local news reporter pronounce the word <lambasted> “to criticize...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMay 11, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Kin

      <kin> “family; race; kind, sort, rank; nature” from Old English cynn Word Sums Kin a + Kin -> akin Kin...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMay 10, 2019