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Much Obliged: Here’s What Makes Obligated Different from Obliged

May 15, 2019

Learning English? Then you’re obligated to read this article. We have learned over the course of this series that two words that sound alike don’t always have the same meaning. Once in a while, we get word pairs that sound so alike and have meanings that are pretty similar that differentiating one from the other can be pretty tricky. The words obliged and obligated are only two of many examples. Both obligated and obliged are what we call transitive verbs in the English language. This means that it is an action word that is always paired with a direct object. As we dive into the details of their difference, make sure to pay attention to the details because they make a whole world of......

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Ten Must-Read Blogs for Language Lovers and Learners

May 14, 2019

From looking up grammar guides to losing ourselves in vocabulary vortices, we’ve scoured the cyber woods of words to bring you a select list of blogs that discuss the many facets of the English language. Equal parts educational, engrossing, and entertaining, these influential blogs should be a friend to every avid reader, aspiring writer, public speaker, English learner, and word lover out there. Grammar Girl Grammar Girl has covered—and continues to cover—a vast number of grammar queries and, indeed, is often the first site that comes up for whatever grammar problem you type into your search engine. As a subsection of Quick and Dirty Tips, this blog’s appeal is its simple,......

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The One Who Writes and Dreams: Laini Taylor

May 09, 2019

Laini Taylor spins tales of strange lands, forbidden romances, and hope as the everlasting game changer for young adult readers. As a recent favorite in the genre of YA literature, she lives the fantasy she creates for her audience, whether young or old, and has fun doing it. Taylor was born on December 11, 1971, in Chico, California. She is a self-proclaimed “navy brat,” having moved along with her family during her childhood to several states and countries, such as Hawaii, Virginia, California, Italy, and Belgium. She graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Orange County in 1989 and from UC Berkeley in 1994 with an English degree. She also took three semesters at the Calif......

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A Slippery Inquiry: Is Water Wet?

May 08, 2019

Is water wet? More importantly, is it grammatically correct to say water is wet? The easy answer is yes. Wet things are soaked in or splattered with water, and when we look at it, water is just a big pool of wetness. However, the real answer is not as simple as that. There is apparently a whole scientific discussion about it that involves terms like cohesive force and adhesive force, but long story short, water is not wet. However, it’s used to make other things wet. The very sensation or experience of being wet involves coming into contact with water, but water itself cannot be made wet because it is the substance used to achieve the condition. This is parallel with fire: one may......

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The Soul of Fiction Writing: Drawing the Line between Moral and Theme

May 07, 2019

Have you ever been asked what the moral and the theme of a fiction are, only for you to go, “Uh, aren’t they the same?” We know it’s blurry, but we’re here to help you draw the line. We’ve all been there. Writers and readers often interchange the terms moral and theme. As kids who loved bedtime stories and fairy tales, we were always asked what the moral of the story is or what we learned. But as we grew up, they started asking us for the theme, which we thought is just another term for the moral. So if you’re one of those adults who still mix up the moral and theme, read on. So, what’s the difference? The Question: THEME Think of the theme as the topic you want your readers t......

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From Behind a Mask: Jacqueline Carey

May 02, 2019

With themes ranging from celestial origins to court intrigue, Jacqueline Carey’s stories of high fancy and historical fantasy would bedazzle any reader and leave them wanting for more. She is adept at weaving worlds tinged with romance, religion, espionage, and war, as well as creating strong yet tormented characters who defy their own fates. Carey was born on October 9, 1964, in Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated from Lake Forest College in 1986 with BA degrees in psychology and English literature. Her love for writing fiction began when she spent six months working at a London bookstore during her college years. When she returned to the United States, she started her writin......

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A Decisive Point: Differentiating May Be and Maybe

May 01, 2019

Homophones are easy to dismantle once you have the right information. The same goes for similar word pairs—all it takes is knowledge of the meaning of each word so that they can be differentiated. But what if there are two words that are spelled in nearly the same way, sound exactly the same, and have the same meaning? That’s the problem that ‘may be’ and ‘maybe’ present. The two words both indicate possibility for something to happen or to reach a potential state. So how does one differentiate between the two, especially when listening? The key is in knowing which figure of speech they fall under. On one hand, “maybe” is an adverb that indicates uncertainty and is synonymous t......

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Making Blogging Profitable

Apr 30, 2019

  Over time, blogging has become a jargon among most users online. It has also served as an avenue for individuals who want to express their thoughts and ideas and share their life stories, travel escapades, productivity hacks, and many others through the Internet. While it can honestly be considered a trend, the purpose of these blogs may still vary from blogger to blogger: it can be for either personal use or something to earn money from. Blogging, however, is not something to be underestimated. While many have succeeded in turning their blogs into something profitable, some have failed. To avoid falling into the traps of blogging, it’s essential to learn the ins and o......

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