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Gail McLauphlin

Food Types: Understanding the Various Food Groups

Since the late 19th and early 20th century, recommendations for a healthy diet have changed repeatedly. Food groups have shifted and changed since the early 20th century, so what are the different types of food? Food types are now grouped into what we know as the five food groups, although this has varied from four …

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Food vs. Foods: What’s the Difference?

English is often difficult to completely master, even for a native speaker. The English language is continually evolving. While plurals seem straightforward, there are numerous exceptions, such as food and foods; and how to know what the difference is between the two. “Food” is almost always an uncountable noun used to refer to food in …

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Are Birds Mammals?

Birds, those beautiful and sometimes terrifying creatures, have been fascinating the human species for thousands of years. Scientists are busy teasing out just how long birds have been on earth. Many learning the classification of animals might wonder, “Are birds mammals?” Birds are not mammals. Birds are vertebrates, classification, Aves. They walk on two legs, …

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Specie or Species: Why Specie is Not the Singular Form of Species

“Species” and “specie,” at first glance, appear to be the same word with one being the plural of the other. However, they have very different meanings. So then, what is the singular form of species? “Species” is not the plural form of “specie”. “Species” is a term that can be used both as a singular …

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Polyphony vs. Homophony: Understanding Music Texture

Music is a form of expression found across all cultures since the first humans. We use the base elements of music to produce songs and, when we layer these elements over each other, we call this musical texture. There are a few musical texture forms, but let us focus on the two most commonly used …

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The Opposite of Procrastination: An Antonym for the Term

We have all heard of procrastination, the annoying habit of waiting as long as possible to complete a task. In business, the procrastinators are always missing deadlines, never on-time to meetings, or even for work. Many people see procrastinators as lazy or apathetic, but what is the opposite of procrastination? The opposite of procrastination is …

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