Mar 17th

Complement Vs. Compliment

By Jane Doe

COMPLEMENT vs. COMPLIMENT

Complement and compliment are pronounced almost identically. There is a very slight different in the sounds of the second syllables, but hardly enough to notice. In writing, you can see the spelling and, therefore, can identify easily which one it is. In speaking, you have figure out which one it is by the context of the sentence.

 

Words that sound the same but are spelled differently are called homophones.

 

Here it goes:

Compliment

 

 

A compliment, with an i, is like something nice you say about someone. It's flattery.

"I like your shoes."

"Your hair looks great today."

 

 

Complement

A complement, with an e, is a full crew or a set, and it is also when something complements (goes together with, fits with) something else, it means they go well together. 

"I love this red shirt because it complements my hair."

 

TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

I like to give compliments (I like to say nice things to people)

Since "I" like to give them, this compliment is with an i.  (This is pure flattery.)

 

 

We go well together as complements. (we fit well together, we go together, we work well together). Since there are no i's in this sentence, it's complement with an e. 

 

See if you can do it now:

1. When I am in class, my teacher (compliments/complements) my work.

2. The (compliment/complement) of sleep is warmth.

3. The man got hit by wife for (complimenting/complementing) a pretty girl.

4. This food is awesome. My (compliments/complements) to the chef.

5. The (compliment/complement) of red is green.

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 14th

Afraid Vs. Frightened

By Jane Doe

 

Afraid or Frightened?

  • You don’t use afraid before a noun:
  •           You can say a frightened animal. 
  •           You can not say  an afraid animal.

 

  • You can be ‘afraid of ‘something, and,
  • You can be ‘frightened of’ something:
  •            I’m afraid of heights.
  •            She’s frightened of getting old.

 

  • You can also say that you are ‘frightened to’
  • Or ‘afraid to’ do something:
  •            I’m afraid to speak up.
  •            People are frightened to leave home.

 

  • Afraid can be used to politely express regret:
  •           I'm  afraid that we don’t stock that item.
  • But don’t use ‘frightened’ to express regret.
Mar 4th

Adjectives in Comparative Sentences

By Jane Doe

Comparative sentences compare things using as or than.

Ex: I am as tall as you are.

Ex: I am taller than you.

 

If you are comparing with “as….as,” the form of the adjective does not change.

 

However, there may be changes in the adjectives when comparing using “than.”

 

For 1-syllable adjectives, when comparing using “than,” simply at –er to the adjective.

1 syllable adjectives: tall, mad, sweet

I am taller than he is. (comparison of my height to his)

I was madder than I thought. (comparison of how mad I am to how mad I thought I was)

The candy is sweeter than the cookies. (comparison of candy and cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                   

For 1-syllable adjectives in comparative sentences with implied information, simply add –er to the adjective.

 

1-syllable adjectives: kind, thin, cute

You are kinder now. (the comparison is how kind you are now compared to how kind you were before. It is implied that you are kinder now MORE THAN you were before)

The thinner book is the one you want. (the comparision is between the book that is thinner THAN and the books that are not thin; the thinner book is thinner THAN the other books)

 

For 2-syllable adjectives that end in –y  in comparative sentences, change the y to –ier.

2 syllable adjectives ending in –y: Happy, funny, cozy

Ex: I am happier today. The comparison is between how happy I was yesterday and how happy I am today. I am happier today (than I was yesterday).

Ex. You are funnier than everyone else. (comparison of funniness of you and everyone else)

Ex. I am cozier here than anywhere else. (comparison of coziness here and everywhere else)

 

All other 2-syllable adjectives or more than two syllable adjectives, use “more” without changing the adjective form.

2-syllable adjectives NOT ending in –y; 3 or more syllable adjectives: crowded, boring, majestic

Ex: The store is more crowded than I imagined.

Ex: This is more boring than anything I have ever done before.

Ex. The eagle is more majestic than the raven.

 

In comparison sentences, you may also use “most” or -iest if you want to imply the maximum value of the adjective; with most, like more, do not change the adjective form. –iest is only used for 2-syllable adjectives ending in –y.

I have the most adorable story to tell you.

I am the luckiest girl alive.

This is the most peaceful place.

 

This is not the funniest thing that ever happened to me.

Feb 28th

the meaning of life...

By YUMM YUMM

quite often people ask what the meaning of life is,

maybe most of us at least once in our lives. i

had strangely never asked myself this question

until i heard or read it somewhere for the first time

when i was a little younger, and i can remember

that it got me thinking, and i realized that theres

a whole lot more to this question, maybe thats

the reason why its so well known. but i figured

out for myself that maybe this question cant just

be answered, suggesting that the answer would

apply to every single human being on earth,

its way to complex to be just that simple.

arguably one of the most discussed questions

ever, for real. but maybe since we are all so different

, we have different interests, characteristics etc,

its safe to say that every single one of us is unique,

maybe therefore it just cant be answered in general terms,

unless you reduce the extent of the answer

to the point where it can actually apply to everyone

and i mean EVERYone. and in my eyes that answer would

be the act of living itself, the mere act of living,

(or in other words the meaning of life is to LIVE), plain and simple

. the answere cant be more detailed without generalizing people.

and for those who arent satisfied with that answer yet,

i can gladly tell you that the rest of the answer is up to you,

 everyone has to find out the meaning of life for themselves, for their lives.

 

thanks for reading, in case you found any grammatical errors

or spelling mistakes throughout the text, pls let me know. TY

Feb 10th

You are awesome

By AAKASH singh

Yes, I am talking to you. You are awesome. Why are you looking at me with such facial expression. Don't you believe.

Then start believing, because you have only one life to live. You can not waste it without being awesome.

There are two quotes, I believe in.

1st is- More you sweat in practice, less u bleed in war.

2nd is- Goals without plans are dreams.

So, get up, come out of your comfort zone, and conquer the world.

Have an awesome life.

 

Jan 17th

migrate, emigrate, immigrate

By sam re
migrate:  means to make such a move either once or repeatedly;  it is applied to both people and animals:

-The family migrated from Ireland to the United States.

- Ducks migrate every fall


emigrate:  used of persons only,  generally means to leave one's native country and take up permanent residence in another:

-Many people had to emigrate from Europe during the Nazi period.

-Each year many people emigrate from Europe.

immigrate:  used of persons only,  generally means to enter and settle in a country that is not one's own:

-They decided to immigrate to Australia.

-After the discovery of America, many people immigrated (went into America) in search of a better life.

 

Dec 21st

Life of a Software Engineer

By Mohd Saim

Life of a Software Engineer

Pays damn good. Life Sucks!….Software Engineer

I’m a software engineer writing this so that someone can learn from my experience.

I graduated in 2000 and got two technical degrees from one of the most “esteemed” universities in India.(I would not be able to answer even the most basic questions if asked a question on the subject of either of my degrees. This might sound stupid but you wont believe the number of people who are like me!!!) I got my first job in the US of A. And my first car is something I only previously saw in american movies.

I work in a major communication systems deveopment company and spend my life sitting in front of a computer screen ( mostly thinking “What the hell am I doing here???”. ).

I have been working only for a year now and already I feel I’ve burnt out. The work that I do is really interesting as far as software engineering goes.The field is in embedded system developement. Real systems work. You also get to work on real life problems which affect millions of users worldwide and problems which most computer developers would kill to be working on.

You work with new technology and even have a sense of accomplishment that your work is really being used by people. The work culture ensures that you get the sole credit for any work that you do.

The Good points of my job:

1. Good pay.

2. Intellectually stimulating.

3. Not something anyone can do!

The bad:

1. NO women!

2. No or minimum contact with people.

2. LONG hours in the office.

3. Lots of stress.

4. No social life.

5. Radiation burns from the monitors. 

Guys at college: (esp in India)… MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING! THINK about what you REALLY want to do in life!Its not a joke. And usually in India you dont have a choice. Its YOUR life… dont let anyone else (even parents) make this decision for you.

I am seriously thinking of changing my career. Unfortunately I dont know what I would love to do. And the things that I do love …people would not pay me to do   . 

I’m searching alternatives right now. Lets see what happens.

I had previously thought that I’d make a million and retire by 25… (yes I said 25). That was possible in my field maybe a year ago but not now and probably not for the next two/three years. And I cant waste those precious years.

In five I years I want see my self on a place with tropical beaches. The same for when I’m thirty… doing something I really love.

Umm enough … I think I’ve bored you enough.

Dec 10th

other than, rather than and instead of

By sam re

* Other than = with the exception of

Other than Mohamed, no one had thought to ask this sensible question.

(Only Mohamed thought about it)

* rather than = and not (used in parallel structures)

Maha decided to go to the party rather than study English.

It ought to be you rather than me that signs the letter.

I'd prefer to go in August rather than in July.

(She went to the party, and did not study English)

* instead of = in place of: as a substitute for or alternative to

David wrote in pencil instead of pen.

(He lost his pen, so he used the pencil as a substitute)

Nov 16th

Nothing is impossible

By Fresh Kid.

This is for anyone who believes: "Nothing is impossible, only if you Believe..."
-that all are possible if you believe in God and yourself
-that  until there's life, there's hope
-that anything is possible if you believe that it will really happen
-that whatever you believe is right and best for you will happen whatever it takes
-that anything will happen if you believe that you can make it happen.
 
IMPOSSIBLE is just a Big Word thrown around by Small Men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. IMPOSSIBLE IS NOT A FACT.  IT'S AN OPINION. IMPOSSIBLE IT'S NOT A DECLARATION. IT'S A DARE. IMPOSSIBLE IS POTENTIAL . IMPOSSIBLE IS TEMPORARY.
IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING !
 

"I love those who yearn for the impossible."  
"I only want people around me who can do the impossible."

 

..........

 #Think Big and Fly High....The limit it's further than the sky...

Nov 15th

Confusing words: Dependent and Dependant

By sam re

Dependent and Dependant

In American English dependent is both adjective and noun, Americans do not need to recognize the difference between these two words.  

Example: Two of my dependents became dependent on heroin.

For English speakers outside America, there is often confusion over the words dependent and dependant.

Dependant

The word dependant refers to a person and is a noun. A dependant is a person who is dependent on someone else.

Example: All embassy staff and their dependants must be at the airport by 6 o'clock.
(In this example, the word dependants means spouses and children.)


Dependent


The word dependent is an adjective meaning relying on, supported by or addicted to.

Example: I am dependent on the weather for a safe crossing.
(reliant on the weather)

http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/dependant_dependent.htm