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  • Are ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Today’, and ‘Tomorrow’ Nouns or Adverbs?

    Are the words yesterday, today, and tomorrow adverbs or nouns? Oxford Living Dictionaries identifies all three words as an adverb first...

    English AdverbsHeather JohnsonApril 14, 2019
  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Singular and Plural

    I recently shared a photo across my social media accounts of the grammar textbook that I currently use with my oldest....

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 6, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Thaumate

    <thaumate> “wonder, astonishment, thing to look at, miracle,” from Greek thauma (genitive thaumatos), literally “a thing to look at,” from root...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 4, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Thauma

    <thauma> “wonder, astonishment, thing to look at, miracle,” from Greek thauma (genitive thaumatos), literally “a thing to look at,” from root...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 4, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Ichor

    <ichor> “ethereal fluid that serves for blood in the veins of the gods,” from French ichor or Modern Latin ichor, from...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 3, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Morrow

    <morrow> “morning” from Middle English morwe, variant of morwen, from Old English morgen   Word Sums Morrow Morrow + s =...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 1, 2019
  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Nouns and Adjectives

    Notional grammars define adjectives as “words that describe nouns.” Big, cute, green, small, and wonky are prototypical adjectives. In big bully,...

    English AdjectivesHeather JohnsonMarch 31, 2019
  • Lies Your Grammar Teacher Told You: Indirect Objects

    I recently tweeted my post entitled Using Nouns and Noun Phrases as Indirect Objects. To my tweet, I received a comment...

    Grammatical FunctionHeather JohnsonMarch 29, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Aqu

    <aqu> “water” from Latin aqua “water, the sea, rain” Word Sums Aqu + a -> aqua Aqu + a + s...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMarch 28, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Birth

    <birth> “bear offspring,” from Old Norse burðr, byrd, replacing Old English ġebyrd “birth, descent, race; offspring; nature; fate,” from PIE *bhrto...

    InformationHeather JohnsonMarch 21, 2019