[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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The Last Possible Thing You Want to Happen When You’re Berating a College Education

While news of high unemployment among university graduates is indeed rife, you would think that someone who holds the title of “staff reporter” would make absolutely, positively certain that an article berating the value of a college education was flawless—apparently not. Unfortunately for this avid reporter, the only thing this article proves is that journalists …

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14 Quick Tips on Business Writing That Can Make You a Copywriting Stud

No wonder you’re looking for tips on business writing. There’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. You need to produce copy that sells your products and services, presents your company in a professional manner, builds relationships with your customer base and attracts traffic to your website and blog—all at the same time. Where do …

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10 Funny Facebook Spelling Mistakes and the Responses They Deserved

Facebook logoThe problem with social media is that, if you fail to engage the services of a native Engish proofreader, many of your mistakes are there for the world to see. Fortunately, quite often these mistakes have hilarious consequences, as these funny Facebook spelling mistakes prove.

Warning: If you are easily offended, give this post a miss. Our post on lame excuses for Facebook mistakes is a little tamer.

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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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2 Free Preposition Games to Print and Keep

If you’re learning English and want some fun ways to master vocabulary and grammar, our preposition games offer you an ideal way to explore language and get to grips with the basics. In this post, we present two interesting games that can be used to learn about the common prepositions that are used in the English language, while also hopefully having a bit of fun. Who said learning English was boring?

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When to Use Dot Dot Dot (The Ellipsis)

picture of an ellipsis: three evenly spaced dotsKnowing when to use dot, dot, dot, or the ellipsis as it is formally named, is something that does not come naturally to many writers, and it is one of the most commonly misused punctuation marks in existence.

One of the main causes for this confusion concerns the fact that the dot, dot, dot has evolved into a punctuation mark that is frequently used in informal communications, often to denote a pause or that some information is missing. While this is perfectly acceptable, the ellipsis has been increasingly overused to the point that many people litter their writing with multiple period marks to the extent that it often loses all meaning. In this article we take a look at the ellipsis, what it looks like and, most importantly of all, when it should and should not, be used.

If the elipsis is not the only punctuation mark you struggle with, you may also appreciate our guide to the the punctuation marks everyone should master.

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