literature and language

literature includes written works of an imaginative, journalistic or scholarly nature. language is a system of spoken and written symbols by means of which people can communicate with each other. we invite you to ask and answer questions about languages and literature; including pronunciation, grammar, definitions, examples, acronyms, abbreviations, etc.

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literature and language
prefixes suffixes and root words

what are examples of prefixes and suffixes ?

a pre fix is a syllable placed in front of a word to add or to change its meaning.

prefix -- meaning -- example

1) anti -- against, opposite -- anti-fungal, antidepressant

2) auto -- self -- autograph, automobile

3) bi -- two -- bicycle, bivalve

4) con -- with -- contact, conform, converse

5) un -- not -- unconvincing, unnatural, unprepared

6) re -- again -- revisit, reenter

7) a, an -- not, without -- amoral, anesthetic, apolitical, asocial

8) ab -- away from -- abduction, abstain, abnormal

9) ambi -- both -- ambidextrous, ambivalent

10) centro, centri -- around, center -- concentric, centrifugal

11) dis -- apart, not -- disengage, discord, discomfort

a suf fix is a set of letters added at the end of a word to make another word or as an inflexion. it can alter the spelling of words when changing the part of speech.

suffix -- meaning -- example

1) -er -- doer -- teacher

2) -able -- able to -- unbelievable

3) -ous -- full of -- dangerous

4) -ness -- state of being -- happiness

5) -ful -- full of -- wonderful

6) -ly or y --like -- gently, wintry

7) -ment --state of -- government

8) -cide -- kill(ing) -- patricide, infanticide, herbicide, suicide

9) -logy -- study field of -- biology, geology, etymology, cardiology

10) -phobia -- exaggerated fear -- photophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia

literature and language

can you say l will be available on december ?

no. the preposition "on" creates the illusion that you are on top of something. december is an abstract noun, meaning you cannot touch it. it is a construct. therefore, you would say, "i will be available in december" or "i will be available come december". hope this helps!

literature and language

what is the meaning of canal ?

it is a man made passage in a form of waterway constructed to allow the water or boats to pass through or use for irrigation purposes.

literature and language
word games

what is called that which is used to define itself ?

a word is autological or homological if it describes itself. the common term for this is a backronym, a back-formation acronym. also known as recursive acronym/ metacronym/ recursive initialism, this is a fun way to coin names for new programming languages and such.

literature and language
authors, poets, and playwrights

is thomas hardy a modern poet ?

yes. thomas hardy om (2 june 1840 – 11 january 1928) was an english novelist and poet.

he was highly critical of much in victorian society, especially on the declining status of rural people in britain, such as those from his native south west england.

literature and language
example sentences

how do you use consumer in a sentence ?


literature and language
word games

what ara some 9 letter words that end in d ?

there are 4166 nine-letter words ending with d (in english), here a few: abandoned abdicated aberrated abjointed abnegated abolished abreacted abrogated abscessed abscinded absconded abstained absterged acanthoid acclaimed accoasted accoladed accompted accoraged accounted accourted accoutred acerbated acetified acidified acierated acquitted actinopod activated activised activized aculeated addressed adhibited adjourned adpressed adulthood aduncated advocated affianced afflicted affoorded affrapped affrended affronted

literature and language
drama and acting
the difference between

what is the difference between old comedy and new comedy ?

the old comedy in greek comedy was personal or political satire eg the 3 rd-4th centuries b.c with the rise of macedona and decline of greek power the old comedy was replaced by new comedy with plots and characters.the love intrigues& scheming servants were central to the new comedy.menander,philemon,diphilus are writers of this genre.

literature and language
books and literature

what does the study of literature mean to you ?

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literature and language
english spelling and pronunciation

is up keep one word or two ?

it is one word: upkeep .

see "related links" below to merriam-webster.

literature and language
literary terminology

what is universal appeal in literature ?

literature in any language have some commonality and appeal that touches the human sensibility to feel and experience universal themes and relationship.the universal appeal may relate to the language,literary devices ,genres and stylistics in literature.

literature and language
example sentences

how do you use reassured in a sentence ?

after searching through answers, i was reassured that the answers community is the best group of people around.

literature and language
famous quotations

who said life is not a spectator sport ?

it was jackie robinson who said that life is not a spectator sport. it is, however, a part of the complete quote

literature and language
synonyms and antonyms

what is a kenning for doctor ?

healer of the sick

literature and language

can you say more formally ?

if you mean say the word "more" formally then yes. you can say to a greater extent or furthermore and for more answers go on an online theasaurus. just type in online theasaurus into google and in the search tab on the site, type in the word and you are done! =)

no. you should say ..."dress more formal" or "dress formally"

literature and language
sentence and word structure

what is a word that has cvcvcvcv or vcvcvcvc patterns ?



for the second:



literature and language
idioms, cliches, and slang

what does you'll end up in smoke mean ?

this is an idiom , literally a warning about something that you are perhaps perusing or on it already and you are told that you'll end up in trouble, see this one '' where there's smoke there must be fire '' try givin me your opinion on it ?

literature and language
colleges and universities

what is ranking of uet texila in world ?

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literature and language
epic poetry

what are the four elements that make up an epic ?

- divided into 24 chapters called "books"

- written in blank verse

- begins "in media res" (in the middle of things)

- first line of an invocation or prayer to calliope, the muse of epic poetry

literature and language
home construction

what does porch mean ?

  1. a covered platform, usually having a separate roof, at an entrance to a building.
  2. an open or enclosed gallery or room attached to the outside of a building; a verandah.

an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.

1. a covered platform, usually having a separate roof, at an entrance to a building. 2. an open or enclosed gallery or room attached to the outside of a building; a verandah.

3. obsolete a portico or covered walk.

literature and language
the difference between

what is the difference between violation and error ?

the fundamental difference between errors and violations is that violations are deliberate, whereas errors are not. in other words, committing a violation is a conscious decision, whereas errors occur irrespective of one's will to avoid them.

literature and language

is demeanor positive or negative ?

-noun 1.conduct; behavior; deportment.

2.facial appearance; mien.

so according to this deffinition extracted from, no, demeanor is not a negative term. just neutral.

literature and language

what are other names for venice ?

venice is known as 'venezia' in italian. this is the official name, and the name you will see when you get there.

it is also known as venise in french, venedig in german, benã©tke in slovenian and other names in other languages.

if you are wanting some more poetic unofficial names, venice has been known as the "la dominante", "serenissima", "queen of the adriatic", "city of water", "city of masks", "city of bridges", "the floating city", and "city of canals".

languages and cultures
literature and language
the difference between

what are characteristics of formal language ?

characteristics of language:

1) verbal, vocal & sound

2)social phenomenon

3)means of communication

4)non-instinctive, conventional

5) arbitrary




9)linguistic & communicative competence

10)human & structurally complex

if we are talking about language, and something that looks like language but is not… the important characteristic is "7)" - being bound by rules. the core principle is that you can use a language to make new sentences (and other people will understand you). this is (only) possible because language has rules for making sentences, by putting words together systematically. (of course, it is possible to be understood without constructing a proper sentence - gen y's do it all the time.)

literature and language

what is a 'happening' and give an example of a happening today ?

happening, event that combined elements of painting, poetry, music, dance, and theatre and staged them as a live action. the term happening was coined by the american artist allan kaprow in the 1950s.