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The English language is constantly evolving, both the words we use and the rules that control the usage of those words.  Therefore, it is impossible to ever have a definitive grammar guide, or, if you will, a Complete Guide of American English.  And that’s our excuse.



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December 14, 2018 

albedo:  (noun)  the light reflected off a surface, usually that of a planet or moon, measured on a scale of zero to one, zero being completely non-reflective (such as black), and one being completely reflective (such as a mirror).  Sir, we're going to have to ask you to put on your hat.  The albedo off of your head is disturbing the other fans.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Proper and Common Nouns

Most of us know that a noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea.  Nouns can further be divided into two distinct groups:  Proper nouns and common nouns.  Proper nouns name specific, one of a kind things, and they begin with a capital letter, regardless of where they appear in a sentence.  Common nouns, on the other hand, name general, non-specific things, and they are not capitalized unless they are the first word of a sentence.  For instance, "boy" is a common noun.  "Bob," on the other hand, is a proper noun because it signifies a specific boy.  Therefore, it would be capitalized.  (Note that if it is not capitalized, it can mean something entirely different than your cousin.) More...

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