Topics in EnglishPhrase: Types of Phrase Clause and Types of Clause explained Essay: How to write the major types of essay Nouns and Adjectives: Examples of nouns formed from adjectives Homonyms - Meaning and Examples of Homonyms Idioms and Examples of Idioms Synonyms: Meaning and examples of synonyms Figures of Speech: Meaning, examples and types of figure of speech Relative pronouns and compound relative pronouns explained with examples Transitive and Intransitive Verbs explained with examples Phrase explained with examples Essay: Formal, Semi-Formal and Informal Essays explained
Academic Questions in English
The acronym Wi-Fi stands for _____.
A. Wireless Files
B. Wireless Flips
C. Wireless Fidelity
D. Wireless Freedom
E. Wireless and Free
F. Wireless Fun
The words massacre and bloodbath are _____.
_____ are words or a phrases or expressions that have an exact or closely related meaning with another word or phrase or expression
A figure of speech that shows a balanced expression written in a reverse order is the _____.
The little giant is here
The figure of speech used in the above instance is _____.
_____ is a figure of speech that uses two main words 'as and 'like' as a source of comparison between two things that normally do not have anything in common.
Tell whoever may ask that I am not interested
Whoever as used in the above sentence is a _____.
A. Simple relative pronoun
B. Compound relative pronoun
C. Complex relative pronoun
D. Complicated relative pronoun
E. Universal relative pronoun
F. Base relative pronoun
Which of the following statement is incorrect concerning relative pronouns?
A. They refer to a noun that had been previously mentioned
B. They introduce relative clauses
C. They can function as an object in a sentence
D. They can function as a partial noun in a sentence
E. They can function as a possessive pronoun in a sentence
F. They can function as a subject in a sentence
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Often times as students, we are asked to write essays. The word 'essay' is derived from the Latin word 'exagium', which means 'to present one’s case'.
An essay is defined as a short piece of writing on a particular subject; with an expression on one's perspective or point of view.
Through an essay, one is able to:
Narrate an experience
Present his or her side of a story
Tell a story
Explain or expose some hidden details about a story
Generally, essays are expressed or written in 3 forms. These are:
Formally (Formal Essays)
Informally (Informal Essays)
Semi-formally (Semi-formal Essays)
Formal essays are not personal. In terms of writing, they usually follow a specific form, structure and pattern, although this may still vary based on the type of essay.
To properly write a formal essay, the subject of such essay becomes the main focus; thus there is no need for excessive salutation or 'beating around the bush' in this form of essay writing.
We will often write formal essays for official, professional, governmental or academic purposes. Take for instance, when one sees an employment opening for his or her dream job, such person will need to write a formal essay to the hiring manager.
It is worthy of note to state that slangs, idiomatic expressions and colloquialism are not required when writing a formal essay.
In the course of writing a formal essay, it is recommended not to use the 'first person pronouns' as a form of reference.
First person pronoun include words like: 'I, We, He, She' and so on. Consider the instance below:
Also, it is recommended we avoid contraction or shortening of words in formal essays. For instance:
Formal essays are polite in writing and neutral in style. The salutation in formal essays will typically begin with 'Dear Sir / Madam' and end with 'Yours Faithfully' followed by your signature and your name.
Informal essays do not follow a specified set of structure. This is so because they are typically written to a friend, relative or a family member.
Since they are often personal, an informal essay may contain some element of humor. To this end, slang, idiomatic expressions and contractions can be used here because you are are writing to a friend or loved one.
The salutation of an informal essay will usually begin with 'Dear Name' and end with something special; for instance, 'Yours Ever', 'Yours Truly' and so on.
Semi-formal essays have some of the characteristics of formal and an informal essay. They are generally written to groups we know about and are part of.
Such written essays will be read to the members of such group. Take for instance, one who belongs to a group may write a semi-formal essay to such group regarding an assignment, a project or a report.
It is worthy of note to state that slogans associated with the group may be included in a semi-formal essay. This makes a lot of sense since the slogan used is considered as an official language in the specific group to which the essay is addressed.
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NOTABLE POINTS IN English
Homonyms are words with the same spellings, same sounds but different meanings.
Below are some sentences containing homonyms with their respective meanings:
We have a keen match against Ronaldo’s team and Messi seems to be keen.
Keen: An involvement of people competing very hard for something.
Keen: Very interested in something.
Regardless the tear you shed, Mr. Frank will still tear your examination scripts.
Tear: The drop of liquid that comes out from a person's eye when they cry.
Tear: To damage something by pulling or cutting it apart.
There isn't any jot of truth in what he said, so I didn't jot anything down.
Jot: A very small amount of something
Jot: To write something quickly
Certain words in English language appear to be similar but are quite different in meaning.
The table below shows some examples:
Synonyms should not be confused with the above instance. They are different words with similar meanings.
Some words always exist in the plural form. Examples of such words are:
Possessive adjective tells you the owner of a thing. For instance;
This is his car.
'His' in the above statement is describing him as the owner of the car; and this makes 'his' a possessive adjective.
That is your bag.
'Your' is a possessive adjective in the above statement.
Note: An adjective is a word that describes a noun.
Possessive pronouns show possession.
A possessive pronoun will always correspond with each of the personal pronouns. For Instance:
I own the book. ('I' is a personal pronoun)
The book is mine. ('Mine' is the possessive pronoun)
She owns a car. ('She' is a personal pronoun)
The car is hers. ('Hers' is the possessive pronoun)