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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
16
2013

observe

@b zuhrv

transitive verb

definition 1:  to perceive; see.
example:  She observed that he was wearing his best suit.

definition 2:  to watch closely or make a systematic observation of.
example:  She likes to sit by the window and observe the people walking by.
example:  The students observed the entire operation performed by the heart surgeon.
example:  The scientists are observing the animal’s behavior in its own habitat.

definition 3:  to remark casually
example:  “You look cheerful today,” he observed. (more…)



Apr
18
2013

rationale

pronunciation: rae shə nael
part of speech: noun
definition 1
. a fundamental reason for doing or being; basis.
example: The attack on the naval base provided the rationale for going to war.
definition 2
. an argument, statement, or sequence of logical steps amounting to an explanation or justification.
example: Is there a rationale for this law?

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