Tag: Verb

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: 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: Bate vs Bait

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 waiting... read more

Q&A: What does MOOT actually mean?

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, our moot is... read more

Q&A: Brekky or breaky or brekkie? A delicious dilemma.

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 time... read more

Q&A: Is “comprised of” a compromise?

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Each week, we chat about the quirks & anomalies of the English language. This week comprises of an often controversial word... Q: Hi AWC, I was wondering if you could clear something up for me? A: We told you last time that if the rash persisted you should see your... read more

Q&A: Lie vs Lay?

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, we lay down the grammar law... Q: Hi AWC, I’ve been looking through our mailbag and– A: Wait, what? We have a "mailbag"? Cool! Q: I know, right? Anyway, Samantha was wondering if we... read more

Q&A: Adviser vs Advisor

Each week, we chat about the quirks and anomalies of the English language. This week, quiet please, we get advisory... Q: So time for another Q&A huh? A: Yup. Hey, what’s that on your head? Q: Don’t I ask the questions? A: Right, okay. Off you... read more

Q&A: Practice or practise? Licence or license?

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, does “practise” or “practice” make perfect?   Q: Hi there Australian Writers’ Centre, I... read more

Q&A: Hone sweet home

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, which word is correct? Q: Hi guys, can you clear up whether it... read more