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Mar
20
2019

About This Word: “opioid”

Posted in About This Word, Wordsmyth Blog by Andrea Hazard

Welcome to About This Word, where Wordsmyth showcases commentary about relevant words in the news and media our users and staff find interesting. Today’s word: “opioid,” written by Wordsmyth science writer Andrea Hazard.

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Feb
27
2019

What’s Your Favorite Word?

Posted in News & Announcements by Olivia Smialek

Do you have a favorite word you’d like to share? Does this word mean something important to you? Is it politically relevant, or has it fallen into obscurity?

At Wordsmyth, we want to encourage everyone to share their favorite words. So we created the  “My Favorite Word” program!

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Feb
20
2019

Grammar and Usage: “comprise” vs. “compose”

Posted in Grammar, Grammar and Usage, Wordsmyth Blog by Olivia Smialek

The verb “comprise” means “to be made up of, consist of, or include.”  We can say that the nation of Canada comprises ten provinces and three territories. Or we can say that the cinema complex comprises four movie theaters.  

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Feb
12
2019

About This Word: clean coal

Posted in About This Word, Wordsmyth Blog by Andrea Hazard

Welcome to About This Word, where Wordsmyth showcases commentary about relevant words in the news and media our users and staff find interesting. Today’s word: “clean coal,” written by Wordsmyth science writer Andrea Hazard.

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Feb
01
2019

Grammar and Usage: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs

Posted in Grammar and Usage, Wordsmyth Blog by Olivia Smialek

All verbs in English follow one or both of the [VERB + OBJECT] or [VERB + ZERO OBJECT] patterns. These patterns describe the function of “transitive” and “intransitive” verbs.

A transitive verb follows the pattern [VERB + OBJECT], and an intransitive verb follows the pattern [VERB + ZERO OBJECT].

Let’s look at the difference between these two patterns.

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