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If you are studying for the SAT (or some other standardized test that includes vocabulary words), we suggest that you make as many mnemonics as possible, especially if you want to stop flipping through vocabulary books and staring mindlessly at vocabulary flash cards.
Here’s one of our favorites. It’s for the word curmudgeon, which commonly appears on the SAT.
Here’s one more. This time, it’s for ubiquitous (definition: everywhere, commonplace):
They’re pretty fun, right? Here’s one more: melange.
We can go on forever and turn this into the longest post in the history of Tumblr, but we’ll spare you and just post a list of links to mnemonics we’ve created over the years:
For even more mnemonics, click on this link. It’ll take you to a search page on Twitter that features our tweeted mnemonics.
Learning—and mastering—vocabulary words can be both fun and effective.
For the record, both persons and people are the plural of “person.”
Although the two words can be used interchangeably, there is a lot of confusion regarding their usage.
As we end this post, enjoy this GIF of dancing people.
In simple terms, gerunds are words that end in “ing” and look like verbs but actually function as nouns.
Gerunds are often difficult to identify because they look exactly like common verbs. The following examples use gerunds:
And since gerunds are nouns, they take possessive pronouns. Observe how possessive pronouns precede nouns; in the same way, watch how they precede gerunds:
• My cat keeps our neighbors awake. (“Cat” is a noun.)
• My snoring keeps our neighbors awake. (“Snoring” is a noun.)
• Your dog cheers me up when I’m sad. (“Dog” is a noun.)
• Your being silly cheers me up when I’m sad. (“Being” is a noun.)
For a more thorough explanation of gerunds, click here.
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Ninety-nine percent of the time, you’ll use “used to,” not “use to.”
The following sentences are examples of how “used to" is often used:
So what about the 1%? When is “use to” acceptable?
Of course, if that sentence sounds awkward to you, it can also be written as “I use these two pencils to write and draw.”
Here’s another instance in which “use to” is acceptable, albeit not stellar:
Dissatisfied (not “disatisfied”) applies to people who are unhappy, frustrated, or disappointed with someone or something:
Unsatisfied refers to the feeling of wanting more of something: