Discover how easy it is to write well with the Write101 4-part writing course!

Solving your writing problems since 1998!

Solving your writing problems since 1998!

HOME

 ARCHIVES

ARTICLES

PRODUCTS

AFFILIATES

CONTACT

FREE Weekly Writing Tips  

Click to subscribe now and get Word of Mouse and Greatest Secrets of Marketing FREE!

I LOVED your golfing story. Read every word. You're a wonderful writer. (Peter Bowerman, the Well-Fed Writer)

 

Big Things rule! ... and the video of the Airbus  is great. (Jim McDonald, Birmingham, UK)

30 Best-Sellers in 3 Years

Discover how best-selling author Nick Daws wrote 30 best-sellers in JUST 3 years!

Having enjoyed reading your biographical, They can't take that away from me... I would love to post your article (for my) course for seniors entitled Autobiography and Journaling ... and let them read your article as a good example of what I call the reader's writer, clearly expressed and easy to read. (Howell)

Writers' Resources

Vocabulary Resource Centre

Travel Writing

Test Your Skills

Help for Writers

Help for Students

Help for Parents

Help for Businesses

Help with Resumes

About Write101

About Australia

Make Music

Just for Fun

Privacy Policy

Confused by the Apostrophe?

 Sign up for your  Apostrophe FAQ

The French language has always appealed to me ... so I enjoyed Lavinia's experiences en France! (Di Sullivan, Perth, Australia)

I am an American and an expat here since 1990. I have been a subscriber to Writing Tip for a few years now and look forward to the Friday editions. I archive by creating topics of the tips relevant to me and often refer. (Mary, Lagos, Nigeria)

WRITERS! 

Write Your Own Best Seller! 

This year, don't just read a best-seller ... Write your own using the software program that works in the same way J K Rowling writes her Harry Potter novels!

Who said Aussies would bet on two flies crawling up a wall? Now I know better! (Bill Denham, Chicago, USA)

WRITERS!

 Click now to edit your work like a professional ...

I enjoy reading your page every week, Jennifer, it's never boring and there's always something to bring a smile to my face! (Kenny Dima, Tenerife, Spain)

Thanks for pitching in to help clarify the English Language for and with us. (Paul, Portland, USA)

Your story about the evil glasses made my day :)  (Edith, Derbyshire, UK) 

FREELANCE JOBS

Get instant access to thousands of freelance and work-at-home jobs for just $2.95! Click now. 

I enjoy your letter and use it in my advanced writing class here in China. (Bugs, Shenzhen, CHINA)

5 FREE writing lessons!

Click for yours now!

I always look forward to your Latin quote of the week. (Paul, Mexico City, Mexico)

Aah! Those evil marionettes are everywhere! Thanks for another great laugh! (Jim Fraser, Vancouver, Canada) 

JOB SEEKERS! 

Resumes that get results ... Click now!

Your remarks regarding the alien contact had me in stitches, figuratively speaking, of course. (Dave Wagner, Sacramento, US)

The best part of the missive is the introduction to Australian humour and expressions.  (Chaska, Prince Edward County, CANADA)

WEBMASTERS!

Click here to discover how to set up and maintain your successful business website.

Discover why so many businesses failed last year ...

Like your site...very inspirational when you get writer's block like me! (Peter, Seoul, South Korea)

TRAVEL WRITERS!  

All About Australia

Nice letter, I was using google for once, twice, thrice and quince, and found this page, great ;) (Marv, Zwolle, NETHERLANDS)

One of the most amusing and erudite newsletters that makes my day. Keep going. (David Vasnaik, Bangalore, INDIA)

Read more testimonials ...

Write101 blog

Great newsletter - originally found this site after searching for clarification on a contentious point amongst work colleagues. Just had to look at old issues and now look forward to Fridays (Juliet Wallace, Manchester, ENGLAND)

 

 

Improve Your Word Power

Improve your vocabulary with this quiz

BOOKMARK this page now so you won't forget it!

Are you thinking of buying a program to help improve your vocabulary? Then you'll want to know what to look for. Click here for a vocabulary builder review.

Do you know anyone who's a bit of a tingo? Do you suffer from iktsuarpok when expecting guests? And just what's so special about a skeinkjari? Click here to find out!

Your brain needs a workout the same as the rest of you if it's to function properly, and word quizzes are an ideal way to provide this exercise for your little grey cells. Start now with some sample chapters from A Word for Everything, then get your very own copy and amaze your friends!

Vocabulary Articles

Read more articles here to help you improve your vocabulary ...

Expand Vocabulary GRE Vocabulary Improve Vocabulary Increase Vocabulary Power Words
Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary Software Ultimate Vocabulary Review Power Vocabulary Builder Word Smart Review

 

These little exercises will help you to expand your vocab - there's nothing worse than knowing what you want to say (or write), but not being able to think of the precise word to express your ideas. Go through the following sets of vocab exercises and you'll soon have plenty of new words to use - whatever the occasion!

And how would you like to boost your vocabulary by 1000 words or more in as little as 10 minutes per day? You would? Then click now for the only vocabulary-building technology that gives you 7 easy strategies to increase your word power!

Then you can browse all issues of the newsletter for the weekly vocab quiz

Would you like to write a book? Then click here to find out where to start.

Complete the sentences: Click here!

For another quiz, click now: Test your word skills!

This one is more difficult: Try it

Complete the sentences:  Click here

Test your skills: Click here!

Visit Sites for Teachers for more exercises and tips.

A. Prefixes often cause problems for writers. Prefixes are added to the beginnings of words to change their meaning. Our common prefixes are: in, un, im, il, ir, dis. Add the correct prefix to the following words (corrections are shown at the end of each section).

 
1. discreet

2. disciplined

3. regular

4. surmountable

5. honest

6. resistible

7. friendly

8.divided

9. legitimate

10. mobile

Run your mouse over here to see the answers.

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

B. Knowing the correct part of speech to use is essential to good writing; form VERBS from these words:

e.g. reduction - reduce (To test if a word is a verb put to in front of it e.g. to reduce.)

1. response

2. congratulations

3. marriage

4. initiation

5. deep

6. denial

7. horror

8. pleasure

9. economy

10. deceit

Run your mouse over here to see the answers.

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

C. Synonyms are words which have similar meanings - you should try to use synonyms for common words to give more depth and variety to your writing. Instead of a nice chair; a nice dinner; a nice neighbour - you could have a comfortable chair; a delicious dinner; a helpful neighbour.

Nice is one of those words that has been done to death and I'm sure you can think of plenty of others. A particular "unfavourite" of mine is the term a lot (notice that there are two words). People use a lot to describe any and every group of everything!

Try to find a different word to describe a lot of each of the following:

e.g. a lot of boats - flotilla, fleet

1. a lot of cattle

2. a lot of acrobats

3. a lot of bees

4. a lot of people

5. a lot of angels

6. a lot of monkeys

7. a lot of singers

8. a lot of birds' eggs

9. a lot of whales

10. a lot of musicians

Run your mouse over here to see corrections.

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

 

D. People and creatures all have to live somewhere and each particular abode has its own special name. Where does each of the following live?

1. soldier

2. king / queen

3. minister (of a church)

4. priest

5. nun

6. monk

7. lunatic

8. lion

9. eagle

10. otter

Run your mouse over here to see answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

E. Using the definition provided, write one noun for each of the following (the first letter is given):

1. a place where cows are milked (D)

2. a person who flees from justice (F)

3. a person who travels for pleasure (T)

4. a person who dispenses medicine (P)

5. a place where weapons are stored (A)

6. a person who performs tricks with the hands (C)

7. a place where ammunition is stored (A)

8. a person who rides horses (E)

9. a place where stone is excavated (Q)

10. a person who studies weather and climate (M)

Run your mouse over here to see the answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

F. Antonyms are words which are opposite in meaning. Write down adjectives which are opposite in meaning to those in italics e.g. a distant relative - close (There will be more than one correct answer - any adjective which is a synonym for those given is acceptable.)

1. a theoretical answer

2. an imaginary illness

3. a reckless driver

4. a compulsory exam

5. a temporary dwelling

6. a gradual decline

7. a timid child

8. an elated winner

9. a tragic ending

10. a complex problem

Run your mouse over here to see the answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

G. These next words all have the suffix -ate. A suffix comes at the end of a word.

e.g. to celebrate by some ceremony - commemorate.

1. to make afraid, especially with threats of violence

2. to prove a claim to be right or just

3. to get oneself into favour with someone

4. to involve another in a crime

5. to bring others under one's power; to conquer

6. to take away strength or rights, to disable

7. to free from blame

8. to speak as if an authority on a subject

9. to seek out and destroy utterly

10. to forecast or foretell

Run your mouse over here to see the answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

H. Give the meaning of the words in italics (choose from the list given):

e.g. The witness was maligned. sworn-in; cross-examined; slandered; released

1. a palpable error: excusable; obvious; unpardonable; disastrous; frequent

2. a sable cloak: light; formal; threadbare; black; unbecoming

3. the boy was taciturn: indifferent; habitually silent; discreet; honest; devout

4. necessitous people: insistent; noisy; necessary; poverty-stricken; underfed

5. a vacuous facial expression: intelligent; stupid; aristocratic; flushed

6. a baleful influence: helpful; destructive; inspiring; benevolent

7. a sardonic expression: encouraging; sickly; sarcastic; confident

8. a veracious historian: prejudiced; inaccurate; truthful; careful

9.an immutable law: variable; uniform; unjust; unalterable

10. an enervating climate: enfeebling; invigorating; humid; healthful

Run your mouse over here to see the answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

I. What would you find in the following containers?

1. cistern

2. phial

3. hamper

4. scuttle

5. tankard

6. scabbard

7. punnet

8. wardrobe

9. coffer

10. creel

Run your mouse over here to see the answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

J. Despite the politically correct times we live in, these words are still around - may I remind you of the existence of gender! Write the feminine form of these masculine nouns:

e.g. count - countess

1. sir

2. gentleman

3. peer

4. viscount

5. widower

6. bachelor

7. stag

8. buck

9. drake

10. gander

Run your mouse over here to see the answers

Don't click the mouse, just position the cursor over the text. If this doesn't work, click here for answers.

Note:

  • The feminine of sultan is sultana ... really.
  • The feminine of Czar is Czarina - but their children are not called czardines .... think about it for a while ..... I'll wait .....ah .... there it is! (A vocab joke!)

Click now for the only vocabulary-building technology that gives you 7 easy strategies to increase your word power!

Did you subscribe to receive your FREE weekly Writing Tips?

It's been fun getting in the weekly mental stretching of under-used vocabulary muscles--hope 2006 is another great year for newsletters! (Mary Aurora, Quillota, Chile)

I really look forward to Friday, to pick up some great tips and inspirations! (George, NSW, Australia)

I love reading your articles every week. I am a medical transcriptionist and words are so interesting to me. Also have ties to Australia through a penpal of over 50 years. (Janet, Oregon, USA)

Has this whet your appetite to improve your writing? If so, you can start your home study course now.

 

Google
 
Web www.write101.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home | Contact | Order | Site Map |Subscribe   

Copyright 2009 Jennifer Stewart Write101.com

Privacy Policy.