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Capitonym is a portmanteau of ‘capital’ and the suffix ‘-onym’ (from the Greek ‘onoma’ which means ‘name’). In any capitonym pair, one word is a proper noun and the other is a common noun
There is a world of difference between spoken and written English. In this column, Albert P' Rayan explores certain nuances of the two so that we understand the language a little better. Ready?
Have the habit of using high-sounding phrases and old-fashioned words in formal letters and emails? Don't think that you can impress the reader by using them and overusing the word, 'please'
Don't know how to respond when people ask you 'How's you?' or 'How's things?' In this English Blues column, you might understand the greeting and how to respond to it properly and appropriately
When we say that something is music to our ears, we mean that it is pleasant to hear. Everyone is happy to hear kind and encouraging words said by others
Why all anglophiles should read author and columnist Albert P'Rayan's latest book, English Essentials
The book promises to decode all the 'isms' and give a comprehensive understanding of the English language. This is the popular columnist's second book after English Blues and promises a great read!
‘English Blues’ refers to the hardships one faces while trying to master the language. Here are ways for the learners to drive them away and learn easily
What is the meaning of the phrase ‘How do you do’? Did you know that it used to be a greeting and not a question?
Here's decoding a few idioms and phrases and how one shouldn't always go with a phrase's literal meaning
Are you familiar with the words/ phrases kingpin, prima facie, vendetta and benefit of doubt? Here, we explain the meanings of a few terms to you
Traditional grammarians (formal) go by traditional grammar rules whereas modern grammarians (normal) go by the evidence of language in use
The most noticeable difference between American and British English is the vocabulary. There are numerous words that are different and used in entirely different contexts
While grammar is a set of rules that are essential to make meaningful utterances, usage is the way in which words and phrases are actually used in a language community
The only way to improve your English communication skill is by speaking more and by reading. With the advent of technology, there are numerous e-books, apps and materials online which you can refer
English grammar with all its dos and don'ts can be quite daunting for some, but there is a sheer joy in mastering the language in its true essence. Do you agree?
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