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Avenge or revenge?

In our discussions on ‘Hamlet’ some queries have arisen on the use of ‘avenge’ and ‘revenge’ – when is each word to be used? It is very simple. Avenge is a verb and revenge is a noun. Avenge (v.) to inflict harm in return for (an injury or wrong); to inflict retribution on behalf of […]


Some common abstract nouns

Some positve abstract nouns: happiness, amusement, beauty, joy, faith, hope, success, pleasure, peace, wonder, love, wisdom, sanity, mirth, affection, courage, music, patience, tolerance, justice, freedom, liberty, equality, dream, laughter, ambition, companionship, truth . . . Some negative abstract nouns: pain, disease, agony, misery, suffering, fear, sorrow, terror, hate, worry, anxiety, despair, grief, shortcoming, bitterness, envy, […]


Some common collective nouns

a herd of cows a herd of elephants a herd of deer a flock of sheep a flock of birds an army of soldiers a regiment of soldiers a hive of bees a swarm of bees a host of locusts a collection of stamps a throng of merrymakers a gaggle of geese a shoal of […]


Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

A modifier is a word or phrase that describes something. There are two common┬átypes of modifiers in the English language: Adverbs – describing verbs Adjectives – describing nouns Confusion can be caused when a modifier is placed too close to some other word that it does not intend to modify. The result can be humorous, […]