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Antonyms

Antonyms are words with the opposite meaning, unlike synonyms which are words that share the same meaning. There are many more words with synonyms than there are words with antonyms. In the English language many words just don’t have an opposite, such as hamburger or tree or dog (and no, the opposite word is not […]

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Homographs – meaning

The word “homograph” comes from a couple of Greek words, namely homos and grapho, literally meaning “same writing”. A homograph is a word which is spelled the same way as another word but may not be pronounced the same way, plus has a different meaning. The difference in pronunciation might be very slight, though, sometimes […]

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Homonyms – meaning

The word “homonym” comes from the Greek homonymos, meaning “having the same name”. A homonym is a word that not only sounds like another word but is also spelled the same, thus has the same name or signifier as another word. These words sound the same and look the same, their meaning, however, is completely […]

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“Pull out all the stops” meaning

To do everything you can to make something successful. Examples: The kids pulled out all the stops and organized a really great party. Republicans pulled out all the stops to ensure that the seat in the ruby red state didn’t fall into Democratic hands, including two rallies from President Donald Trump on Monday to help […]

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Homophone meaning

Homophone is a word that sounds alike another word but has a completely different meaning. Homophones can be problematic not just for foreign speakers of English, but for native speakers as well. Since these pairs of words are usually pronounced the same (to some varying extent), it can be difficult sometimes to remember the correct spelling. Here’s an example […]

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What does wtw mean in text

What’s the word This acronym is most frequently used in text to replace the complete spelled out phrase “what’s the word?“. It is similar to asking the questions “what’s up?” or “what’s going on?” Acronyms for WTW: What’s up? What’s new? What’s happening? Hey, What’s up? How’s everything? How are things? What’s happening How’s it […]

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“Dove” or “Dived”

The verb “dive” has both an irregular and regular form. You can use both and both are correct. Speakers in North America use dove while the British seem to prefer dived. “Dived” is the traditional past tense and past participle of “to dive,” but “dove” has crept in over the last two centuries — particularly in the US. […]

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“round” vs “around”

Around and round are prepositions or adverbs and they are interchangeable. We use around and round when we refer to movements in circles or from one place to another. Around and round can both be used.  One of the differences between American and British English is the usage of the words round and around. Americans use around in contexts in which most British speakers prefer round. One of the differences between American and […]

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“betcha” meaning

It is a short form of “bet you“: meaning that you are very sure about something. It represents the sound of the phrase bet you when it is spoken quickly or it is used especially in the phrase you betcha as an enthusiastic way of saying “yes” Examples: I betcha some of them even considered leaving the team. A: “Hey Frank, do you want to come with us to the movies?” B: “You betcha I do!” The difference between you betcha and I betcha? I betcha is colloquial for I bet […]

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