In casual English, you can invent new nouns using the suffix -aholic, -oholic or –holic These new words are commonly used to mean an obsession or addiction to something, though usually in a humorous or fun manner
-holic/aholic/oholic (suffix): used with nouns and verbs to form nouns describing someone who likes something a lot or who is unable to refrain from doing something
Tip: One way to remember -oholic, aholic, and -holic is to remember the word (alc)oholic.
1. Ben is a shopaholic. (i.e. Ben is someone who loves shopping.)
2. Harry is gymaholic. (i.e. Harry likes the gym a lot.)
3. My mother is a chocaholic/chocoholic. (i.e. My mom loves to eat chocolate.)
4. My sister is a shoeaholic.
5. Sadly, he is an alcoholic.
6. I am a sugarholic.
7. I know you a foodoholic, but can you stop eating and listen to me?
8. That guy is such a workaholic; he needs to take a vacation.
We hope you are a studyaholic – at least where English is concerned. We will see you in the next post. Have a great day!
As you know, there are two types of grammar - prescriptive grammar (what the textbook says is correct in formal written English) and descriptive grammar (the way native English-speakers actually use English in various contexts).
In this lesson we are going to learn how to use a double negative.
What is a double negative? A double negative is a construction occurring when two forms of grammatical negation are used in the same sentence.
In English, many teachers will tell you not to use a double negative. Well, we are here to say that you can - especially in informal contexts, poetry, and song lyrics.
The two main things to remember are these:
1.Try not to use double negatives in formal writing, 2.Since double negatives can be confusing, don’t use them when you are trying to be very clear or exact.
We don't need no education - "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2," Pink Floyd
I can't get no satisfaction - "Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone – “Ain't No Sunshine," Bill Withers
Ain't nothin' but a "G" thang, baby! – “Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," Dr. Dre
You ain't nothing but a hound dog – “You ain't nothing but a hound dog’” Big Mama Thornton
Ain't no mountain high enough - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell