Unlike other vocabulary books, Verbal Advantage provides a complete learning experience, with clear explanations of meanings, word histories, usages. Feb 4, Unlike other vocabulary books, Verbal Advantage provides a complete learning experience, with clear explanations of meanings, word. Get this from a library! Verbal advantage: 10 easy steps to a powerful vocabulary . [Charles Harrington Elster] -- "Teaches words "--Cover.
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Embed Size px. Start on. Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this. No Downloads. Views Total views. Actions Shares. Embeds 0 No embeds. No notes for slide. Book Details Author: Charles Harrington Elster Pages: There were a couple dozen totally new words to me-and these were all great words! Except, why was "chrysalis" included?
How is that a winning word. It reminds me of an old vocab test I took in school. My most favorite part of the book were the essays that he featured between word lists, or to begin or wrap up a lesson. There are about 5 word lists per lesson, each featuring 10 new words. I enjoyed the author's prose, even if I did, occasionally, find myself disagreeing with his more traditional viewpoint. I am a snob about language-and in that way, we are kindreds.
He hit on all my pet peeves, and it was awesome, finally, my gripes had a voice! I was also gratified to find that I wasn't grossly mispronouncing too many words-some were pretty egregious though : Some of the articles I only gave cursory review-especially the one recommending a reading habit of at least 6 books a year this book is 45 for me.
In short, "shrunk" needs an auxiliary or helping verb, and if your sentence doesn't need one, it's a clear sign that the proper word is "shrank. Using couple as an adjective followed by a noun—as in a couple people, a couple dollars, a couple miles—is excusable in informal speech but unbecoming in careful writing.
The circumspect stylist knows that couple is properly a noun that requires the preposition of to link it to a following noun: a couple of people, a couple of dollars, a couple of miles. Without that intervening of, the noun couple becomes an ungainly adjective modifying the noun that follows, so that phrases like a couple weeks and a couple hundred, though commonly heard, are, grammatically speaking, as peculiar as a flock pigeons, a bunch grapes, and a number questions.
The Associated Press syndicated an article December 19, about how the grocery chain Kroger "is trying to leap into the driverless market, announcing Tuesday that it is ready to bring milk, eggs and apples to some customers' homes in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel. The driverless vehicle? I guess, but we may have to bite our lips and get used to it. The lack of a serial comma after "eggs"? Not for journalists, who insist on writing "the American flag is red, white and blue" instead of the preferable "red, white, and blue.
Thus any delivery service has to take things to your location. If it's the pick of various critics, it should be a "Critics' Pick. Consider this sentence: "Although parents are loathe to admit it, they often have specific gender preferences for their yet-to-be-born children.
Do you know why? Do you know the subtle rule regarding the use of "both"? Consider this sentence and see if you can tell what's wrong with it: "The lawsuit.
Thus the end of that sentence should read "both in captivity and [in] the wild. Note that "which.
If you surmised that the "who" after the comma should have been "which," hearty congratulations to you. To "hearken," also sometimes spelled "harken," means to "listen, give one's attention to.
Two examples from a recent syndicated article: "Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Now, here's an interesting accident of punctuation that appeared in my local paper.
Because it involves quotation marks, I'm reproducing it exactly as it was printed, with no additional quotation marks: "'Will we ever find the answer? Do you see the problem? The sentence is a quote from Doyle that begins with a quote from Sipe. Doyle's quote should be enclosed in double quotation marks, and Sipe's quote should be enclosed in single quotation marks. Sipe's quote is punctuated correctly, but the double quotation marks ending Doyle's quote are misplaced, and should be placed after asked.
How good are you at conjugating irregular English verbs? Here's a forehead-slapper for you: Michael D. But in his article today June 28, , which was syndicated on the front page of my local paper, he was given this bio end-tag: "Shear writes for The New Your Times. Democrat is a noun, not an adjective. The adjective is democratic and the name of the party is the Democratic Party.
Can you discern the problem with that question? Inserting an unnecessary and pleonastic "of" after adjectives such as "great" and "big" is a frequent mistake in speech that should never make its way into print. The most common form of this error is the locution "no big of a deal," in which both "of" and "a" are unnecessary.
Now that's bush league! Consider this sentence: "UFC star Conor McGregor has turned himself into police in the wake of a backstage melee that he instigated. In my new book, How to Tell Fate from Destiny, and Other Skillful Word Distinctions coming in October , I explain that "with phrasal verbs employing in, in and to are always separate, as going in to work today, came in to see her, and turned himself in to the police not into, which would indicate a ludicrous transformation.
Can you spot the boo-boo in that sentence? Careful writers know that less applies to mass nouns like sugar and fewer applies to count nouns like beets. Since a singular noun will always follow or refer to one, you should have one less of whatever it is, not one fewer, e. Syndicated columnist Dan Walters writes, "The noise from the podium and in the hallways of San Diego's cavernous convention center was mostly directed at retelling the world that the state's Democrats loath President Trump" San Diego Union-Tribune, March 3, , p.
What are the two problems with that sentence? First we have the common misuse of podium for lectern. The mistake is usually the other way around, with the verb improperly used for the adjective, as in "She was loathe [make that loath] to do it. Did you discern the error of number a singular-plural conflict between a verb and noun in that sentence? There's should be there are. As I have noted in my book The Accidents of Style, there's no excuse for using there's with a plural noun in this case "candidates".
We hear this error of number with "there's" in speech all the time, but in writing especially professional writing! It's lazy, lame, and unprofessional.