The Basics of Punctuation Marks

Punctuation marks matter! Yes, they do. Just read the following sentences given in the image: The two sentences mean completely different things. The first one means that we should eat grandma like food whereas the second one tells us that someone is talking to grandma and telling her that they should eat something. See, punctuation…

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Exercises on Commas- II

Comma is an extremely important member of the punctuation family. But it is slightly confused too. It is like the young siblings of the full stop for it doesn’t know whether it should end the sentence or let it go on. So it kind of does both and neither of these things completely. Here are…

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The Rain and Her Sorcery (A Poem)

Sitting alone I stared out of my window. Her presence was felt Even in her absence. I traced my finger as she did, Chasing the raindrops Slinding down my window- Racing down, mingling and sometimes Diverging onto separate paths. Life! I smirked. I saw her smile. Pain melted into my chest, spread And rested there.…

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Test Your Smarts- Grammar Quiz 1

I just came across this interesting quiz on grammar. It tests everything from subject- verb agreement to your knowledge of sentence structure. Quite interesting. Do check it out. Comment below what you found easy and what was a challenge. Let’s see if we can help each other out. Do like, share, follow and comment if…

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The Lighter Side of Life

Looking at how far we have come together, I thought it’s important to also take out time to appreciate the journey we are on. So here are 10 riddles/ jokes/ puns for you. Learning a language is so much fun! Don’t you agree? Please feel free to share any of your funny riddles, jokes or…

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Word of the Day- August 7, 2019 and Special Mention

Don’t you collaborate almost everyday in school? So do you have any interesting stories to share of the time you collaborated? How did the work turn out to be? Do you like collaborating? Do you think it’s important? I think we must congratulate the person who contributed this word. It’s none other than… Ananya Goel…

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Winner: Word of the Day- July 13, 2019

A while back we had tried something new on the blog. We decided to start a short story competition with the “Word of the Day” blog posts. The word we started this with was – enrol. Click here to view that blog post. There were quite a few good sentences I got and some short…

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Exercises on Direct and Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences)

Practice makes perfect. Here are some exercises on Direct- Indirect Speech (Declarative Sentences) for you to practice for your test. The exercises are of different levels of difficulty. In case you want to revise the concepts before you attempt the exercises, watch the videos n Direct and Indirect Speech by clicking here. Exercise -1 Exercise–…

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Word of the Day- July 13, 2019 and Special Mention

Are any of you enrolled in any after school classes? Isn’t it a wonderful word that we can use instead of the word “join”? Like many a time we say – I joined skating classes. Instead, we can use- enrolled. Eager to know who gave this word? It’s Aditya Shaw of class IV- B! Well…

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A Special Comment on the Word of the Day- July 3, 2019

The blog on July 3rd featured the word “exotic”. I received a lot of brilliant sentences on the word. (Click here in case you want to read that post again.) However, there was one comment that stood out for me. Here are the reasons why: 1. Due to the effort put in by the person.…

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Winner of the Word Hunt

Wow! What amazing sentences I got on the last Vocabulary post! Indeed all of you are becoming better at framing sentences. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, click here. The rules of the Word Hunt were: You had to find the synonym of “devour”. The child who would find the word…

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Word of the Day- July 4, 2019, Special Mention and Word Hunt

This word reminds me of the mouth watering food that I too am guilty of devouring sometimes! Does it remind you of anything? Leave your connections below. For contributing a word which brings back such delectable memories, let’s thank the person who contributed it. It’s none other than Saanvi Nautiyal of IV- E! Congratulations! Keep…

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Word of the Day- July 3, 2019 and the Special Mention

The word today is quite relatable, as some of you might have travelled to some exotic location sometime in life or seen someone tell you about such a place. There are many things that can be exotic- plants, animals, languages etc. List some exotic places, plants, animals or any other examples in the comments section…

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Word of the Day- June 29, 2019 and the Special Mention

Today’s word has been contributed by Poorvi Sarda of V- C. Well done Poorvi! To listen to the pronunciation of the word, click here. “Phenomenal” can be used to talk about many things. Find out what you can use it for and leave your sentences or connections in the comments section. Happy day to you!…

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Good Signs for Readers- Punctuation Marks

Using punctuation marks is essential while writing, for without them, the reader feels lost while reading. He/she wouldn’t know when a thought has ended or what the feeling behind the thought is, like whether it was a strong emotion or a normal one. Like look at this picture. Punctuation marks completely alter the meaning of…

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Word of the Day- May 7, 2019 : Special Mention

The Word of the Day has been contributed by Devansh Trehan of class IV-E. He came across this word while reading “Alice in Wonderland”. Click the link below to check out the pronunciation of “perplexed” in British English: Pronunciation of “perplexed“. Let’s put our thinking caps on: Why do you think the visual of the…

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Word of the Day- May 5, 2019

The Word of the Day has been contributed by two children this time. Both of them gave the same word. The names of these two children are- Pragun of V-B and Nikunj Narang of V-C. Congratulations to the winners! Are you able to make any connections with this word? Think about it, we too practice…

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Word of the Day- May 2, 2019: Mini Stories Special

I know everyone’s been waiting to see whose word has been put up as “Word of the Day”. So here it is! Today’s word is by Laksh Nimesh of V-C. Well done, Laksh! However, I must mention how difficult it was for me to choose the winner today. Therefore, I have some other special mentions…

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Word of the Day- April 30, 2019

Have you ever frolicked anywhere? I sure have seen most of my students frolicking in the school itself. Leave your connections in the comment section. Don’t forget to use the word as you describe your incident. Also, referring to our conversation from yesterday, I still haven’t received the synonym of “delicious” uploaded on the blog…

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Word of the Day- April 29, 2019

Here’s another word to enrich your vocabulary. This word was contributed by Nikunj Narang of class 5C. Off late, the children of C have started contributing new words for the Word Wall of our class. Some children who have done this are Aanya Dhawan, Atharv Nag, Poorvi Sarda, Trinabh Mehra among others. The class gives…

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Word of the Day- April 4, 2019

Here’s another word that quite usable. I can think of so many situations this can be used in. One example is: During the Annual Day, I was completely enthralled by the glorious performance and colourful costumes of the dancers. Think of some situations where you can use this word. And if you can use them…

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Word of the Day- March 28, 2019

Here’s another word. This word can be used in many different ways. It can be used well to define the place, the weather, an event among other things. Find out some other meanings and ways to use this word. Can you come up with a sentence using this word. (Hint: You can refer to the…

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Exercises on Commas

So here a video to help you learn about some of the uses of commas: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/punctuation-the-comma-and-the-apostrophe/introduction-to-commas/v/meet-the-comma-the-comma-punctuation-khan-academy Exercise on use of commas to punctuate lists. Exercise on use of commas while directly addressing someone. Here’s a quiz on commas. Mixed bag quiz on commas. Another mixed bag exercise. You can check your answers at the end.…

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Still Think Punctuation Isn’t Important?

Funny right? or Funny, right? Did you get the difference between my first two sentences? The first sentence “Funny right?” means that the right side is funny, whereas the second sentence “Funny, right?” simply means that I am asking for an affirmation from you that these pictures are funny. By the way, even the meaning…

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Word of the Day- February 8, 2018

A good word while describing a character in your story, don’t you agree? By the way, did you notice the use of the Question Tag? And yes, as the visual suggests, our optimism makes even people we encounter joyful. So keep smiling! Put in your efforts to improve at the right time and not at…

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Word of the Day- February 7, 2018

I know, I know! I am posting the ‘Word of the Day’ after a long time! Due to multiple reasons this good practice got stalled for a bit! But every set back or shortcoming teaches us something new. Don’t you think? Now THAT is OPTIMISM! It can also be referred to as ‘positive attitude’. There…

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Types of Sentences

There are four types of sentences. Knowing the different types of sentences helps to write the correct sentence structure and also in proper punctuation. Here is a video that will help you to identify them: Just to add on, Imperative Sentences also express requests, advice or suggestions. Now, let’s test how much you have understood!…

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Idioms and Phrases of the Week

So here’s the thing! I have been getting a good response related to idioms and phrases that are uploaded. A lot of you seem to be using them quite well. So every now and then, I plan to upload more idioms and phrases so that your fluency and expression is enhanced further. And, keep up…

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Word of the Day- December 30, 2018

Here is another word you can use to describe a place. It goes hand in hand with yesterday’s word. Isn’t the place picturesque? To find out the meaning of ‘picturesque’ click here. So what did you understand from today’s word? Can you tell what the ambience of the place in the picture seemed like to…

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Word of the Day- December 29, 2018

This word seems really easy to use. Instead of using the word ‘beautiful’ all the time to describe a place, this word can be used. Can you think of some other synonyms of the word? A little research only helps us improve. So go look up some synonyms and think of how you can use…

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Word of the Day- December 23, 2018

So what are you able to visualize while reading this? Any connections anybody could make? Do list some synonyms in the comments sections. Like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update about all blogpost. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the title…

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Word of the Day- December 18, 2018

Any connections, anyone? Can you frame a good sentence using the word? Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update about all blogpost. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the title of the blog.

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Word of the Day- December 17, 2018

Can you come up with a good sentence with this word? Any connections? Comment below. Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update about all blogpost. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the title of the blog.

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Word of the Day- December 11, 2018

I noticed dense thicket all throughout our trip in Ranthambore. I took the picture with ‘the word of the day’ during our trips in the canter. Did anyone else notice it?

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Word of the Day- December 10, 2018

denounce (verb) publicly declare to be wrong or evil Sentence– The government denounced the use of violence, as it leads to only fear and destruction. Questions– Have you come across this word before? If yes, then when or where?

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Word of the Day- November 28, 2018

Puns are a great way to add humour to whatever you are writing or speaking and to liven them up. The previous two blogposts talked about using idioms as puns. To view to two post click on the words below: Idioms- Two Ways Idioms with Food Click here to get some more examples of puns.…

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Idioms- Two Ways

There’s an interesting way to use idioms to even add humour to your write- up. Learn more about it here.

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Word of the Day- November 25, 2018

I can make so many connections with this. Oh! And the visuals! Do comment below what you can recall. Did you eat something delectable on a Sunday? Also, don’t forget to mention some good synonyms too. Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant…

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Word of the Day- November 24, 2018

Questions– Could anybody make any connections? Were you able to visualize anything? Can anybody come up with any synonyms Do like, share, follow and comment if you like the blogposts. Follow the blog also to get an instant update as soon as any blogpost is uploaded. To visit all the previous blogposts click on the…

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Word of the Day- November 23, 2018

witness i. (verb) to see something happen, especially an accident or crime Sentence– The Sharmas were living in the city during the terror attacks and witnessed a lot of horrors. ii. (verb) to show or give proof of something. Sentence– Last year’s fete was the best so far, as witnessed by the number of tickets…

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Word of the Day- November 22, 2018

captious (adjective) tending to find fault or to express criticism over unimportant issues Sentence– The captious boy kept finding faults with all that his friends did, so everyone got exasperated and eventually stopped talking to him. Question– Can you use another word or idiom from the previous words with this word to make a good…

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Word of the Day- November 21, 2018

elaborate i. (verb) to add more information or explain something that you have said Sentence– The teacher told the student to elaborate on his reason for breaking the school rules, so that she could get a clear picture of what was going on in his mind. ii. (adjective) Containing a lot of connected parts or…

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Word of the Day- November 20, 2018

excerpt (noun) short part taken from a book, movie, speech etc. Sentence– The excerpt from the book “Robinson Crusoe” which is given in our textbook Marigold, does not clarify who the mysterious footprint belonged to, so I ended up reading the whole book. Questions: Have you found out any such excerpts in your books? What…

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Word of the Day- November 19, 2018

embark (verb) go on board a ship or aircraft Sentence– Christopher Columbus embarked for India in the fifteenth century. ii. (verb) begin a course of action Sentence– Ria left her previous job and embarked on a new career as a teacher. I could think of many connections with this word. It reminds me of texts…

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Common Errors in English: Part- I

This picture tells us about some common mistakes we make in English. There are mistakes related to subject-verb agreement, use of correct adverb and many other grammar topics. Just check which mistakes you make, and try to avoid them next time. One mistake I have seen a lot of people make is using the past…

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Word of the Day- November 16, 2018

badinage i. (noun) conversation or remarks that are jokes and not serious ii. (noun) witty or humorous conversation Sentence– The President was in a good mood as he walked through the crowd and made several voters laugh with his witty badinage.

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Word of the Day- November 15, 2018

respite (noun) a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant Sentence– The refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering to the victims of the war.

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Word of the Day- November 14, 2018

sue (verb) to start a legal case against a person or an organization, in order to claim money from them because they have harmed you in some way Sentence– Siddharth decided to sue the manufacturing company for £2 million for the harm caused by the defect in their mobile phones. Special mention to Siddharth Gautam…

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Word of the Day- November 13, 2018

abecedarian (adjective) arranged alphabetically Sentence– The girl decided to organize the files in an abecedarian manner so she could find what she was looking for by name more easily.

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Word of the Day- November 12, 2018

amusement i. (noun) the feeling that you have when you think something is funny Sentence– To my great amusement, the dog ran off with my father’s slipper. ii. (noun) the pleasure that you get from being entertained or from doing something interesting Sentence– I play the piano for my own amusement, not for anyone else’s.

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The Talkative Barber- Audio

Here’s the audio to the story of “The Talkative Barber“. Close your eyes and see if you can visualize the whole story in your mind. Do notice the voice modulation, diction and pauses of the reader. Also, do mention if you think of any connections or were able to visualize anything while listening to the…

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Don’t Keep Using ‘very’! There are Better Words!

Learn new and better words to replace ‘very’

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Word of the Day- November 10, 2018

adore i. (verb) love and respect someone deeply Sentence– Rohit adores his mother, so he helps her out with her work at home. ii. (verb) worship, venerate Sentence– Some people adore fire believing it to be a form of the divine.

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Word of the Day- November 8, 2018

frisson (noun) a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear, a thrill Sentence– As Amber walked to the podium to make her speech, a frisson of nervousness swept over her.

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Word of the Day- November 7, 2018

plausible i. (adjective) reasonable or probable, likely to be true Sentence– When Jason forgot to do his homework, he tried to come up with a plausible excuse his teacher would believe. ii. (adjective) a person skilled at producing persuasive arguments, especially ones intended to deceive Sentence– Derek is a plausible salesman who has made a…

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Word of the Day- November 6, 2018

charlatan (noun) a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill Sentence– The charlatan pretended to be a doctor so he could go into the hospital and steal prescription drugs.

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Word of the Day- November 3, 2018

forsake (verb) abandon or leave, renounce or give up something valued or pleasant Sentence– Jane has decided to forsake her participation in basketball until she improves her grades.

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Word of the Day- November 2, 2018

onerous (adjective) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty Sentence– Despite his rigid training, the athlete was unprepared to handle the onerous terrain.

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The Art of Writing Narratives

A good story has certain elements and a structure. Find out more about them through these interesting resources.

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Word of the Day- October 29, 2018

whine (verb) give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound Sentence– The dog whined and scratched at the back door, because it was too scared to go out with firecrackers burning all around.

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Word of the Day- October 28, 2018

clemency (noun) mercy, lenience Sentence -In their letter to the governor, the victim’s family asked him not to give clemency to their son’s murderer.

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Word of the Day- October 27, 2018

incessant (adjective) continuing without pause or interruption, generally used for something unpleasant Sentence– The incessant loud chitchat of the passengers in the stuffed metro, exasperated me.

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Word of the Day- October 26, 2018

hearsay (noun) information received from other people which cannot be substantiated, rumour Sentence– The evidence against the culprit was nothing concrete but all hearsay, so he was acquitted on all counts. Question: Does the word remind you of any idiom?

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Word of the Day- October 24, 2018

commotion i. (noun) a state of confused and noisy disturbance Sentence– Ria was unable to concentrate on her homework due a commotion in the street across her house.

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Word of the Day- October 23, 2018

foster i. (verb) encourage the development of something, especially something desirable Sentence– A teacher’s task is to foster learning. ii. (verb) bring up a child that is not one’s own by birth Sentence– A person who would foster John was found.

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Word of the Day- October 22, 2018

urge i. (verb) try earnestly or persistently to persuade (someone) to do something. Sentence– The teacher urged his students to follow the traffic rules everytime in order to avoid accidents. ii. (noun) a strong desire or impulse Sentence– As the two children were cracking jokes in the class, they had a strong urge to giggle…

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