Active Comments = Conversation = Visibility (Updated for 2020)

Updated for 2020.  Welcome to the Botanical Linguist, today we have a guest post from Sarah Arrow from Content Nitro about commenting on blog posts and social media sites. The post is part of her 30-day blogging challenge, you can find joining details at the end of this post. There’s also a free content roadmap […]

Improve your English: transition words

transition (noun) passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) From Latin transire ‘go across’ or ‘pass over’.   What are transition words?   Whatever your goal or purpose for your writing – whether it’s to explain, inform, entertain or persuade – you need to express yourself fluently, and you need […]

Improve your English: the full stop

This post is a short guide to some of the most common uses of the full stop in English. The full stop (.) is also known as the period (American English), and its main function is to mark the end of a sentence. Examples of sentences ending with a full stop I like learning English. […]

Improve your English: consonants

  consonant: /ˈkɒnsənənt/ (countable noun)    A consonant is: 1. a speech sound that is made by stopping the flow of air in the breath channel or mouth with the tongue, teeth, or lips. 2. a letter of the alphabet that represents any of these speech sounds   There are 24 consonant sounds in most […]

Improve your English: the question mark

question: /ˈkwestʃ(ə)n/ (noun) a sentence or phrase that asks for information   The question mark is a symbol (?) used at the end of a question. It’s also known as the interrogation mark or interrogation point.   Questions A question mark is placed at the end of a word, phrase or sentence to show that […]

Improve your English: the exclamation mark

exclamation: /ˌekskləˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/ (noun) something that you say loudly and suddenly because you are surprised, excited, angry, very happy etc.   The exclamation mark (!) is also known as the exclamation point in American English. An exclamation mark is a punctuation mark placed at the end of a word, phrase or sentence to show that something […]

How to write the time

  Do you sometimes feel a bit confused about how to write the time? This short post will help 🙂   a.m. is short for ante meridiem – Latin for before midday p.m. is short for post meridiem – Latin for after midday   a.m. and p.m. are written in lower case with two points […]