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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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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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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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- December 9, 2018

gluttony (noun) habitual greed or excess in eating Sentence– During the holidays, I usually give in to gluttony and gain at least ten pounds. Question– Have any of you ever indulged in gluttony?

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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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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 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 17, 2018

introspect (verb) examine one’s own thoughts or feelings Sentence– The teacher told the student to introspect on his actions to find out how he could improve his behaviour and life. Question– Can you think of any synonyms of this word? Hint: You even have a corner in your classes to help you introspect. Do make…

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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 11, 2018

aplomb (noun) self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation Sentence– During the bomb scare, the teacher managed the children with aplomb and kept everyone calm. Question– What visual comes to your mind when you see this word? I can visualize a child standing on the stage with bright lights all around. She is…

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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 9, 2018

proactive (adjective) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened Sentence– The proactive student who worked on his weak areas with a plan in mind, scored better than his friend who idled away his time in video games and studied at the last moment.

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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 5, 2018

aficionado (noun) a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime Suntence– The crossword aficionado would spend hours solving crosswords so, he started winning many prizes.

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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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Word of the Day- October 20, 2018

culmination (noun) to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development, to end or arrive at a final stage Sentence– The amazing composition written by the students was a culmination of many classes spent on perfecting punctuation and sentence structure. Question: Does this word remind you of any incident where you would use it?

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Word of the Day- October 18, 2018

overwhelm i. (verb) have a strong emotional effect on Sentence– Rohan was overwhelmed with shame when his teacher caught him cheating during the exam. ii. (verb) bury or drown beneath a huge mass of something, especially water Sentence– Floodwaters overwhelmed hundreds of houses, so many people died. Questions: Should a comma be used after the…

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Word of the Day- October 17, 2018

earnest (adjective) honest, sincere and determined Sentences: i.When the man made an earnest offer to pay for the groceries I could not afford, he overwhelmed me with his kindness. ii. When the boy saw his poor test scores, he thought that he should have studied in earnest for his tests. Questions: Do you think you…

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Word of the Day- October 16, 2018

docile (adjective) calm in manner and easy to control Sentence– They have a big dog, but he is friendly and docile. Questions– Can you find any words above that can be used as contractions? Were you able to recall any incidents where you could have used the word of the day? Comment below!

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Word of the Day- October 13, 2018

dilemma (noun) a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable. Sentence– Dia faces the dilemma of disobeying her mother or staying at home to complete her pending homework.

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Word of the Day- October 12, 2018

indomitable (adjective) used to say that someone is strong, brave, determined and difficult to defeat or frighten Sentence– The indomitable Mrs. Furlong said that she would continue to fight for justice no matter how many hurdles she faces.

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Word of the Day- October 10, 2018

guffaw i. (noun) a loud and hearty laugh Sentence- The girl’s joke brought a great guffaw from the youth. ii. (verb) laugh loudly and heartily Sentence- Both men guffawed at the remark made by the boy.

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Word of the Day- October 8, 2018

eccentric i. (of a person or their behaviour) unconventional and slightly strange Sentence– Mr. Willy Wonka was an eccentric chocolate maker. ii. (technical) not placed centrally or not having its axis or other part placed centrally Sentence– A servo driving an eccentric cam.

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Word of the Day- September 27, 2018

taboo i. (noun) a social or religious custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. Sentence– In India there were many taboos around socialising with people from the lower castes. ii. (adjective) prohibited or restricted by social custom Sentence– Sending girls to school was a taboo…

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