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Business Blogging For Beginners – Lesson (10)

Synonym

Synonym Abuse

A synonym is a word or phrase that means nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. Words that are synonyms are said to be synonymous, and the state of being a synonym is called synonymy.

Synonyms can be any part of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs or prepositions, as long as both belong to the same part of speech.

Examples:

  • Verb

Buy and purchase

  • Adjective

Big and large

  • Adverb

Quickly and speedily

  • Preposition

On and upon

Note that synonyms are defined with respect to certain senses of words; He expired means the same as he died, yet my passport has expired cannot be replaced by my passport has died!

Learn to replace with care.

Fix the dangling modifiers

Modifiers describe a word or make its meaning more specific. A dangling modifier is a modifier that has nothing to modify.

Example: “Rotting in the refrigerator, our office manager threw the fruit in the garbage.” The correct version should be, “Our office manager threw the fruit, rotting in the refrigerator, in the garbage.”

Make sure to place the modifying clause right next to the word or phrase it intends to describe.

Common Grammatical Errors to Avoid

  • e. vs. e.g.
  • Me, Myself, And I 
  • Who and Whom 
  • “It’s vs. “Its”
  • May and Might
  • Which and That
  • Assure vs. Ensure vs Insure
  • Further vs. Farther
  • Affect and Effect
  • Your vs. You’re

Parts of Speech

# Parts of Speech What is it? Example
1 Noun name, place, thing, idea – dog, cat, music, Ramesh, Chennai, startup The sun shines, Raghav goes to school
2 Article Signal that a noun is going to follow – the, a, an An Elephant, The umbrella
3 Pronoun Replaces the noun – he, she, I, its, my, them, whom, who, us, you Radha is sick. She will not go to school
4 Adjective Modifies a noun or pronoun – smart, old, poor, interesting, hungry, good, big Good dog, hungry lion
5 Verb Expresses action or a state of being – running, laughed, writing, walk Radha and Raghav are playing
6 Adverb Modifies the verb, adjective or another adverb – badly, fully, nearly, very, almost Speaks very softly
7 Conjunction Join or connect words – For, and, nor, but, or, yet, so I liked the review so I watched the movie
8 Interjection Emotional states – Oh!, wow!, Ouch! Oops! Hey! Oops! the projector is not working
9 Preposition Connects a noun or pronoun to another word – About, after, before, to, at, by, on I will watch the cricket match after I finish my homework

 

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