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Feb
06
2019

Grammar and Usage: “attain” vs. “obtain”

Posted in ELL Q&A, Grammar, Writing by Olivia Smialek

D“Obtain” and “attain” have similar pronunciations and meanings, but they do not generally overlap in usage. “Attain” has more the idea of achieving a goal or reaching a level or degree. “Obtain” has more the idea of actually getting something, actually taking possession of it.

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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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Jan
16
2019

ELL Q&A: Contrasting Animals

Posted in ELL Q&A, Wordsmyth Blog by Olivia Smialek

Welcome to ELL Q&A, where Wordsmyth answers questions submitted by English Language Learners. Today, let’s compare and contrast animals that look similar.

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May
01
2013

discuss

dih skuhs

transitive verb
definition:  to talk together about; confer on.
example:  We discussed plans for the new building at the meeting today.
example:  Let’s discuss this matter further before we make a decision.
example:  These are some of the topics we’ll be discussing in class this semester.
example:  We discussed redecorating the apartment, but we never made a decision.

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Apr
10
2013

support

pronunciation:    sə port
part of speech:    transitive verb

definition 1:         to hold up; brace.
example:              The solid oak table is supported by four sturdy legs.

definition 2:        to provide evidence for; corroborate.
example:             The testimony of the witness supported the suspect’s story.
example:             You need to support your argument with some facts.

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