I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.
We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
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The English language kinda… sucks.
Is it “to,” “two,” or “too”?
Is it “then” or “than”?
Word choice often comes down to those little nuances that separate one correct usage from another.
All of these words are correct in different circumstances. The hard part is understanding all of that context based on the parts of speech.
Different words can mean different things based on where it’s placed or how it’s used. The overall sentence and words around one word, then, can change that one word’s meaning.
A greater understanding of the parts of speech means you’ll instantly know whether a word is grammatically correct.
Nouns are the basic building blocks of sentences. The people, places, and things that explain what is happening, who it’s happening to, and why the reader should give a $#!^.
Read more: What is a noun?
Verbs are what nouns do. They see, sit, swing, or saunter.
Read more: What is a verb?
Adjectives make nouns less dull. They’re the color on a blank canvas. They explain how things look or seem or sound or taste.
Read more: What is an Adjective?
Adverbs are used to describe everything from verbs to adjectives and even other adverbs.
Read more: What is an Adverb?
Prepositions help join nouns or pronouns with the rest of a sentence.
Read more: What is a Preposition?
Conjunctions join similar ideas, thoughts, or concepts. They’re often used to join two simple sentences to make one, complex one.
Read more: What is a Conjunction?
Interjections interject. They interrupt or exclaim and convey powerful emotions (either positively or negatively).
Read more: What is an Interjection?