How to Identify Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Sign reads: "no smoking on this area."Prepositions and prepositional phrases are important elements of written English because they present a method by which a writer can show relationships between different ideas and make their communications more exact and specific.

In this article, we show you a really simple method for identifying prepositions and prepositional phrases.

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What Are Phrases in a Sentence?

What are phrases in a sentence? "It's all good."What are phrases and are they actually important?

Phrases are a group of words that work together to communicate an element of speech. They are very important because they allow you to communicate better, through both written and spoken language. This article takes a look at phrases in a sentence and uses simple language to explain what phrases are, how they work within sentences to create a meaningful message and what different types of phrases are used in the English language.

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There is a Difference Between the Words Use and Utilize and you Really Should Know It

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Is there a difference between use and utilizeDid you know that there is a distinct difference between the words “use” and “utilize”? If you do, that’s a bit of a surprise because very few people recognize that the words use and utilize have two completely different meanings. In fact they are two of the most common mistakes in English we come across.

In practice, the word utilize is probably one of the most misunderstood words out there and it is important that you are able to understand why it cannot be used interchangeably for the word use.

In this article, we take a close look at use and utilize, explain the differences between the two words, and give you practical tips to ensure that you never use either of them incorrectly again.

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[Infographic] Hyphen Use: Hyphenation Rules

hyphenated versus unhyphenatedWhen it comes to hyphen use, many writers purposely choose to entirely omit this dreaded punctuation mark in fear of using it incorrectly.

The truth is this: hyphens aren’t actually that complicated.

Once you’ve mastered some basic rules about their usage, you will find that the concepts relating to hyphen use are pretty straightforward.

Here are the basic dos and don’ts of the hyphenation rules.

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[Infographic] Converting a Singular Noun to a Plural Noun

A plural noun is more than one person, place or thing. The majority of nouns in written English are transformed into their plural noun form through the addition of the letter “s” at the end of the word. However, this is not always the case and there are a number of rules that you should be aware of. Our free infographic provides a handy decision tree that you can use to decide how to change the singular form of a noun into the plural form. Simply start at the beginning and answer each question in turn in order to find out what the plural noun form of your word should look like.

If you’re looking for more practice advice on using nouns, check out our guides to concrete nouns and abstract nouns.

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What Punctuation Mark Should I Use? A Free Printable Punctuation Cheat Sheet

People who do not use punctuation deserve a long sentenceThere may be many occasions when you are composing a written document that you have to stop and ask yourself: “what punctuation mark should I use?

Punctuation marks can be very confusing, and there are endless lists and rules out there that dictate when you should, and should not, use them. If you are not fully confident with the rules that govern the use of punctuation marks, then our free printable punctuation cheat sheet may be just what you’re looking for. We have simplified the rules as much as possible and condensed them into a two-page cheat sheet that you can print out and refer to on a regular basis.

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A List of Common Prepositions

Sign reads: "no smoking on this area"In this article, we take a look at prepositions and provide a list of some of the more common prepositions in use in the English language.

A preposition is a relationship or directional word that is used to link nouns, pronouns, verbs and phrases to one another within a written sentence. Prepositions are critical to the meaning of a sentence and changing a preposition can significantly change the meaning of the sentence.

If you want to learn more, take a look at our guide to identifying prepositions and prepositional phrases.

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Using English Syntax to Enhance Your Writing

There was nothing passive about her aggressionThe effective use of English syntax in your writing can change everything. Using syntax well is not just about how you write and punctuate a sentence, it is about how the sentence is put together and constructed. Yes, a grammatically correct sentence is great, but it is the well-crafted sentence that makes a massive difference to the reader.

Confused? Let’s start by taking a look at the difference between syntax and grammar.

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