Function of Apostrophe

Function of Apostrophe: The Apostrophe has two functions; one is to mark possession and the other is to indicate omission. So when we talk about ‘the tail of the monkey’ we say it as ‘monkey’s tail’. For nouns ending with ‘s’ in their plural form, the apostrophe should not be added. However to show possession of plural nouns that end with ‘s’ the apostrophe is added after the ‘s’. ‘Tails of the monkeys’ can be written as ‘monkeys’ tails. In case of contractions aposRead More…

Function of Semicolon

Function of Semicolon

Function of Semicolon: The function of the semicolon is to separate two major sentence elements which are known as main clauses. There is a pause like the comma but the break is stronger than a comma. It is almost the end of an idea but when it is followed by almost a similar idea a semicolon can be used. Practice Exercises The shops in the mall were closed on Sunday now they are open on Sundays. The police diverted the traffic to accommodate the cyclists the smaller roads were openeRead More…

Function of Comma

Function of Comma: Comma is a punctuation mark used in sentences mainly to separate the parts of the sentences. It is a tool that aids the reader to read better, without misreading the meaning intended. Comma is used to separate a list of three or more things. It used to separate the independent clauses or independent clause from dependent clauses. It is used to separate phrases that are not really essential for the sentence. Practice Exercises Mathew wants to visit France Germany Japan Read More…

Function of the Full Stop

Function of the Full Stop: Sentences are building blocks which make sense and when they come to an end, a ‘full stop’ is used.  Full stop is also known as ‘full point’ in Commonwealth English speaking nations and ‘period’ in North America. It is also used in abbreviations and in websites and email addresses. Practice Exercises A teacher’s job is easier than a doctor It looks as if the sun goes around the earth the earth really goes round the sun He neither cried norRead More…

Memory for Forgetfulness

Analysis of ‘Memory for Forgetfulness’ by Mahmoud Darwish

Memory for Forgetfulness Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and has penned many poems depicting the sad state of the Palestinians. He is regarded as the national poet of Palestine. Memory for Forgetfulness written by him is not a poem but prose. However we cannot put it into a prose category because there are many small poems in this work. Darwish has published more than 30 volumes of poetry and eight books of prose. He was the editor of various periodicals like Shu’un Filistiniyya, Al-FajrRead More…

Fumiko Udea

Analysis of ‘The Waiting Years’ by Fumiko Udea

Analysis of ‘The Waiting Years’ by Fumiko Udea The Waiting Years Analysis of ‘The Waiting Years’ by Fumiko Udea – The Waiting Years is written by Fumika Udea whose pen name was Fumika Enchi and she was one of the famous women Japanese writers of the Showa period of Japan. Her career began with a one-act stage play which was well received. She wrote few more plays and then moved on to writing stories. Her stories were not as well received as her plays. She found it hard to publish her sRead More…

Jorge Luis Borges

Analysis of ‘Labyrinth’ by Jorge Luis Borges

Analysis of ‘Labyrinth’ by Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinth Analysis of ‘Labyrinth’ by Jorge Luis Borges – Labyrinth is a compilation of stories written in Spanish by Jorge Luis Borges and was published in 1962. It went on to become an award winning collection of stories and was translated to English by many authors. Labyrinth has 23 short stories, 10 essays and 8 parables. Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer, poet, essayist and translator. He is an important figure in the Spanish litRead More…