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Grammar tips

In this article, I will give a couple of tips on spelling and using verbs. If you are having trouble understanding English grammar, you can get the essay writer help.



Word Play - Verbs and Their Uses

In this next series we are going to look at verbs! This is unfortunately only a short post; a more lengthy and in depth explanation will follow with regards to verbs and their associations with grammar.

So what is a verb? A verb is a “doing” word and the verb will usually express a certain action taking place.

The teacher wrote on the blackboard – The word wrote is the verb and it comes from the expression “to write”.

Her mummy bought the toy – The word bought is the verb in this sentence and it comes from the expression “to buy”.

Verbs don’t have to describe physical actions such as the ones above. Verbs can also describe mental actions.

Richard guessed the right combination – The word guessed is the verb in this sentence and it comes from the expression “to guess”.

Of course, there are also verbs that express no action whatsoever, but they are still just as important in our writing. It is thought that the most used and common verb is “to be”; this can be seen in many forms such as are, were, is, was, will be and so on.

Richard is the tallest person in the area – The word “is” is a verb that is formed from the verb “to be”.

I am – the word “am” is the verb that is formed from “to be”.

Facts about verbs

Verbs are not usually the cause of any major grammatical/usage mistakes. However, as there is some grammatical terminology that is associated with verbs, they can then cause some confusion. This is what we will look at in the next post. We will be looking at infinitives, past and present tenses, direct objects and so on.

Spelling - Loose or Lose?

It isn’t uncommon to see the words “lose” and “loose” mixed up.

There are simple ways to remember which word to use in what circumstances.

The word “lose” means that you have or you are about to fail, or you have misplaced something. Variations of the word “lose” can be lost, loser and losing.

Examples

You really should lose the tank top!
She is losing the race.
Don’t you think it’s a bit harsh to call her a loser?
The word "loose" means that something doesn’t fit quite right. It can also be used when referring to coins – loose change. The word “loose” can also be used when talking about a person and their behavior.

Those trousers are looking a little loose.
Do you have any loose change?
She was called loose Lucy at school; she had far too many boyfriends!
A quick and easy way to remember which to use is this:

When spoken the word has a ‘z’ sound, use “Lose”.
When spoken the word has an ‘s’ sound, use “Loose”.

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