Tag: Adjective

Q&A: The origin of ace, deuce, love

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, we’re avoiding double faults with a few common tennis terms explained... Q: Hi AWC, inspired by the recent Wimbledon tournament, can you explain some of the terminology used in tennis? A: Certainly. One moment... read more

Q&A: Defining penultimate

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we want the... read more

Q&A: What’s the GO?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it's all... read more

Q&A: The French connection

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, please excuse our... read more

Q&A: Myriad possibilities!

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, the possibilities are... read more

Q&A: Sure vs Surely

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s all... read more

Q&A: Imminent vs Eminent

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re charged... read more

Q&A: Thank you, thankyou, thank-you!

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s all... read more

Q&A: How to use either and neither

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, neither hell nor... read more

Q&A: Past tense vs Past participle

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, things get tense... read more

Q&A: Collectable OR Collectible?

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. And this week’s one could become quite the collectable item... Q: Hello AWC, I was watching that new show Storage Antique Pawn Shop Roadshow Wars last night. A: That’s not a show. Q: Well, something... read more

Q&A: The natural order of things like adjectives

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. And this one moves in an orderly fashion for a change... Q: Hello AWC, we had a question recently from Marianne. A: Hello Marianne. Q: Her grammar gripe goes something like this: "Why do we say ‘the... read more

Q&A: Analogue vs Analog?

Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. Although this week it’s more analogy than anomaly… Q: Hi AWC, what time is it? A: It’s GRAMMAR TIME! Q: Ah, okay. NO. That’s very cute, but I actually want to know what the... read more

Q&A: Is “alot” a real word?

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. And this week, we have a lot to say... Q: Hi AWC, could we maybe allot a few minutes this week to a pet peeve of mine? A: Sure. We have a lot of time to spare... read more

Q&A: Centenary vs Centennial

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week a question that was 100 years in the making... Q: Hi AWC, I have a question – it’s to do with commemorating or celebrating 100 years of something. Is it called a ‘centenary’ or a... read more

Q&A: On-site vs Onsite vs On site

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, we do a little on-site training... Q: Hi AWC, I have a quick question for you. A: Sure thing. That’s why you have a "Q" in front of you, after all. Q: What... read more

Q&A: Especially vs Specially

Each week, we take a look at a common confusions and ambiguities in the English language (that gives us about a century’s worth of material!) – making things easier through the power of friendly conversation. This week, a very special/especial edition. And cupcakes... Q: Hello Australian Writers’ Centre, would... read more

Q&A: Fewer or less?

Each week, we take a look at a common confusions and ambiguities in the English language (that gives us about a century’s worth of material!) – making things easier through the power of friendly conversation. This week, useless chatter about whether to use “less”... Q: Hi there. I was at... read more