Rules of proper grammar usage in the English language

Use Active Voice

Every human language starts an active sentence with the subject, or the “doer.” In English, the verb (what’s being done) follows the subject. If there is an object (the receiver of the action), it comes after the verb.

Here are some examples:

  • Lebo brushed the cat.
  • The cat liked Lebo.
  • I did not like the cat.

Word of the day: Paleontologist

Say it: pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

Function: Noun

Definition: The study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms.

Etymology: Greek

Synonyms: excavator, archaeologian, prehistorian

Example:  If your basement is filled with fossils found while out on hikes, then you’re an amateur paleontologist.


Word of the day: Hyperbola

Say it: hy·per·bo·la

Function: Noun

Definition: Asymmetrical open curve formed by the intersection of a circular cone with a plane at a smaller angle with its axis than the side of the cone.

Etymology: Greek

Synonyms: arched, rounded line or object

Example: These keywords overlay a reflection hyperbola on the image and a cross noting where the object would be in distance-time space.