Collective nouns

Group words or collective nouns take a singular verb if you are talking of the group as a whole. They take a plural verb if you are talking about the individual members of the group.

Cloth and clothes

Cloth is the material used for making clothes. Clothes are things you wear. His clothes are made of expensive cloth.

close and shut

There is little difference of meaning between close and shut.

Change of tense

The first verb in a sentence establishes the tense of any verb that comes later. If you begin writing in the past, don’t change to the present. Similarly, if you begin writing in the present, don’t change to the past.

Born and borne

The passive form of the verb born (be + born) is used to talk about coming into the world at birth.   – He was born to poor parents. – I was born on a Friday. – She was born in Italy.   Borne is the past participle form of the verb bear. It is […]

Big, large and great

We use big and large with concrete nouns – the names of objects which we can see or touch. In an informal style, big is more common than large.   – He has got big / large feet. – They have a large / big house in the city.     We use great with abstract nouns – the names of things which we […]

Difference Between Intention and Goal

  Intention   An intention is an idea you plan to carry out, while a goal is an aim or objective that we work toward with effort and determination.   Goal   A goal is an aim or objective that we work toward with effort and determination. We can also describe goals as the desired outcome or the final […]

Difference Between Right and Wright

Grammatical Category Right is a noun, adjective, adverb and a verb. Wright is a noun.   Meaning Right can mean Morally correct or acceptable Opposite of left Legal entitlement etc. Wright is a builder or maker.   Usage Right is commonly in usage. Wright is going out of usage.

Will or shall?

The difference between will and shall is now strictly adhered to by precise speakers. Shall is becoming less and less common, especially in second and third person pronouns