Style Guide

Figures of speech – Simile and Metaphor

September 22, 2010

A figure of speech is a departure from the ordinary form of expression. It is employed to produce a greater effect. There are four different kinds of figures of speech. 1. Those based on resemblance Examples are: simile, metaphor, personification and apostrophe 2. Those based on contrast Examples are: antithesis and epigram 3. Those based […]

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Passive Voice Exercise

August 5, 2010

Change the following sentences from the Active voice to the passive voice. 1. The boy killed the spider. 2. The woodcutter felled the trees. 3. Columbus discovered America. 4. The master praised the boy. 5. The police arrested the thief. 6. The boys were making kites. 7. He has written a novel. 8. We will […]

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Non-finite verbs

June 15, 2010

Read the following sentences: John thinks that he is a great artist. I wish to learn English. In sentence 1, the verb thinks has a subject. Its form is determined by the number and person of its subject, namely John. Verbs which are thus limited by number and person of their subject are called finite […]

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Correct Use of Personal Pronouns

June 10, 2010

A personal pronoun must be of the same number, gender and person as the noun  it stands for. John is a good boy. He loves and respects his parents and teachers. (Here the pronoun he is of the same number, gender and person as the noun John.) Alice is my sister. She lives abroad. (Here […]

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Personal pronouns

June 8, 2010

I, we, you, he, she, they and it are called personal pronouns because they stand for the three persons: the person speaking the person spoken to the person spoken of The pronouns I and we, which refer to the person or persons speaking are said to be the personal pronouns of the first person. I […]

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When to spell out numbers

May 29, 2010

Many writers have difficulty figuring out when to write numbers in words or figures. There are some general rules but these are not applicable in all contexts. The following guidelines should, nevertheless, help. The numbers of Kings and Queens should be written in Roman characters. Examples: Elizabeth II, Louis XIV Ordinal numbers up to twelfth […]

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