January 17 2013

Rules Of Grammar: Awhile vs A While

“Awhile” is used as an adverb. “A while” is used as a noun.

Here are some examples for how they should be used:
We have a while left before the train arrives.
I saw my friend a while ago.
We waited awhile for the bus.
She ran awhile.

Here’s a trick that usually works: If you can use “for a while” as a substitute, then using “awhile” will likely be the right choice when choosing between, “a while” and “awhile.”

Machine Briefs:
awhile= A/WHAOIL
a while= AEU/WHAOIL

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January 7 2013

Practive Video: Medical Lit

Here are some briefs from the video:
miracle= MIRBLG
digest= DJ
digestive= DFT
excrete= XRAOET
lifetime= LAOIFT
all the= AULT
cycle= SAOIBLG
chemcal= KHEM or KHEM/KAL
and a half= NAF
grocery= GROIR
cereal= KRAOERL
vegetables= VEJS
skeleton= SKENLT
muscle= MUFL
coordinated= KAORNTD
interestingly= TR-LG
passively= PAFL
computer= KPAOURT
energy= N-RJ
organic= GO*RNG
animal= ANL
diversity= DWEFRT
species= SPAOES

Conflcits to be mindful of:
waste= WAEFT
waist= WAIFT

meat= MAET
meet= MAOET

piece= PAOES
peace= PAES

bear= BAER
bare= BAIR

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December 26 2012

Rules Of Grammar: Capital vs Capitol

Capital is used in reference to the following:
1) A city or town.
2) A capital letter.
3) Wealth, whether in money or in property.
4) Any type of a source of profit.
5) Capitalists as a group or a class.
6) Principal; something of the highest importance.
7) Excellence, or something that is first-rate.
8) An act punishable by death. (For example, “capital punishment.”)
9) Something fatal or extremely serious. (For example, a “capital error.”)

Capitol is used in reference to the following:
1) The building in Washington, D.C., used by the United States Congress for its sessions.
2) A building occupied by the state legislature.
3) The Capitoline in Rome.

Machine Briefs:
capital= KPAL
capitol= KPOL

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July 24 2012

Conflicts: Bite, Byte, and Bight

Bite- verb; “To seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound.

Byte- noun; “A unit of computer information or data storage capacity that consists of a group of eight bits and that is used especially to represent an alphanumeric character.

Bight- noun; “1) A bend in a coast forming an open bay; or, 2) A slack part or loop in a rope.”

Machine Briefs:
bite= BAOIT
byte= BAO*IT
bight= BAOIGT

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