Vocabulary Mondays – exacerbate

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  exacerbate

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to intensify bitterness or violence

Word Usage:  The terrorist attacks EXACERBATED the already strained relations between the two countries.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

Grammatical Wednesdays: What Is a Subject Noun?

NounsWhat the heck is a subject noun?  In all my days of learning how to write I have never heard of a “subject noun.”  Hum . . . I guess I better start searching for the answer to my question.

Well, I finally found a definition that was easy to understand.  According to WiseGeek.com:

A subject noun is the subject of a sentence and usually, but not always, comes before the main verb in a sentence. The subject performs the action described by the verb and can be identified in a sentence by the answer to the question “who did it?” or “what did it?” A noun is a name word used for a person, thing, animal, or something abstract and these nouns can function in a sentence as a subject, a subject or object complement, direct or indirect object, an adjectiveadverb or appositive.

Vocabulary Mondays – eulogize

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  eulogize

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to praise highly, especially the dead

Word Usage:  John EULOGIZED his grandmother at her funeral.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

Vocabulary Mondays – exhort

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  exhort (verb)

Meaning:  to urge or try to persuade

Word Usage:  After Graduating from college, Diana EXHORTED her parents to lend her the money to start her own business.  (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)