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Word of the Day



Definition: (verb) To assign to an obscure place, position, or condition.
Synonyms:demote, bump
Usage:After allowing the other team to score on three consecutive shots, he was relegated to the bench. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson


Prepositions with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences’ objects. These combinations are also known as prepositional verbs. How do prepositional verbs differ from phrasal verbs? More... Discuss

Article of the Day


Johnson County War

When the American West was still being settled, large ranchers monopolized areas of public range land in Wyoming to prevent newcomers from settling there. In April 1892, war broke out between settlers and established ranchers, culminating in a lengthy shootout between small ranchers, a band of hired killers, and a sheriff's posse. Federal troops eventually intervened on orders from US President Benjamin Harrison. What note did the hired gunmen pin on the chest of the first man they killed? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Christopher McCandless's Body Found (1992)

The tragic story of Christopher McCandless begins in southern California and ends in the wilds of Alaska, where the 24-year-old's emaciated remains were found weeks after he had apparently starved to death while trying to live off the land on his own. His journal, in which he chronicled his 113 days in the wilderness, has shed some light on his final months, including where he sheltered—an abandoned bus—and what he last ate, but much will never be known. What was his final message to the world? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Walter Robert Dornberger (1895)

A German artillery officer during World War I, Dornberger was captured and spent two years in a French prisoner-of-war camp. After his release, he studied engineering, and, beginning in 1932, directed construction of the V-2 rocket, the forerunner of all post-war spacecraft. Along with other German scientists, Dornberger was brought to the US as part of Operation Paperclip and worked as an advisor on guided missiles for the US Air Force. He became a key consultant on what major American venture? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss


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Grammar Quiz

Which of the following kinds of verbs requires an object complement?

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n. A coarsely knitted, stretchable jersey fabric
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Today's Holiday


Aloha Festivals

Aloha Festivals is a celebration of Hawaiian culture. Once a week-long event called Aloha Week, it's now a two-month affair with 300 events that starts in Honolulu in early September and runs through the end of October, with a week of festivities on every island of Hawaii. The celebrations include canoe races between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, coronations of royal courts as commemorations of the former Hawaiian monarchy, street parties, cultural events, parades, and pageantry. More... Discuss


Idiom of the Day

make (one's) own way

To advance or progress, especially through life, according to one's own efforts, inclinations, or designs. More... Discuss