Verbal Phrases


Sometimes verbals don’t appear alone. They often come with modifiers or objects. These word groups are called verbal phrases.

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Grammar Rock: Prepositions


And here’s this weekend’s stroll through Saturday-morning-cartoon memory lane.

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Eggcorns and Other Eggcorns


I posted recently about mondegreens — the mishearing or misunderstanding of song lyrics or poetry. Today I’d like to talk about a similar, and similarly entertaining, linguistic error. It’s called an eggcorn, a term coined by linguist Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Lieberman in 2003.

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Double-Duty Words: Verbals


A verbal is a word formed from a verb but used as a noun, adjective or adverb. Verbs are the one part of speech that can dress themselves up and act like other parts of speech.

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