Can anyone tell me what this means in English with regards to grammar. How does this play an important role in writing.

Colloquialism is language that is generally used in informal writing. It usually takes the form of phrases such as, 'I wasn't born yesterday' or 'how's it going?' This type of language is an important part of non-fiction or creative writing because it adds a sense of realism. For instance, it makes more sense for an American character to use language such as 'Hey guys! What's up?' to address a group of peers rather than a formal greeting of 'Hello, how do you do?'
Ava A.
25 September 2015
I apologise for my mistake, I intended to write 'fiction or creative writing.'
Ava A.
25 September 2015
In literature, colloquialism is the use of informal words, phrases or even slang. As writers we are naturally bound to add colloquial expressions Similar to the way we speak. However, writers also use such expressions intentionally as it gives their work a sense of realism. 
Rachel D.
04 October 2015
In literature, colloquialism is the use of informal words, phrases or even slang. As writers we are naturally bound to add colloquial expressions Similar to the way we speak. However, writers also use such expressions intentionally as it gives their work a sense of realism. 
Rachel D.
04 October 2015
phrases used when in an informal setting e.g. gonna, wanna, as opposed to I am going to go/ I want to go.hope this helps
Katie G.
14 October 2015
Colloquialisms is another way of saying slang. Its words that are familiar to a country but are not seen as proper English. It is an informal way of speaking. So towards grammar for example you should not use the word "init" and "earful" they are not used when talking to an important person and should not be used in essays.Hope this is helpful.Jess
Jessica P.
10 December 2015
This is a really good question. Colloquialisms are words that are very informal and are used in normal conversation. They sound exactly like they are said. Often, we can tell where a person is from because of Colloquialisms. They are very important in writing. In poetry, poets sometimes use colloquialisms to show where they are from. In the poem 'Half Caste' the poet uses colloquialisms to show his dialect:Explain yuselfwha yu meanwhen yu say half-casteWe can see that you is spelt 'you' - this is because he would pronounce the word as 'yu'. For more colloquialisms, read the entire poem 'Half Caste'
Katherine D.
10 July 2017
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Complete the blanks with the Past Simple, Past Progressive, Past Perfect Simple or Past Perfect Progressive of the verbs in brackets.

1) Last year I .....(go) on an exciting safari holiday in Namibia with my husband. 2) I remember it ....(rain) continously for several days in Brussels before we ....(leave), so I couldn't wait to board the plane which ....(head) for sunnier climes. 3) Our safari holiday ....(be) unique in that, unlike many other safari holidays, the aim was not just to show a bunch of tourists some wild animals; while on holiday we would be volunteering at a conservation centre. 4) Our first night in the bush, while the biologists ....(entertain) everyone with tales, I ....(sit) back and ....(gaze) at the patterns made by the stars. 5) At one stage I ....(get) up to stretch when all of a sudden I ....(see) a huge creature nestled on my husband's shoulder; I ....(let) out an embarrassing squek of fear. 6) Apparently it was just a stick insect. Not like any stick insect I ....(ever/see); it was as big as my forearm. 7) The next day we ....(set) off early; our task was to make a note of any wildlife we saw. 8) While we .... (walk) through the thick forest, we ....(hear) birds and monkeys chattering in the trees. However after three hours, the novelty ....(wear) off, and I was exhausted. 9) And then I ....(see) it. A deer ....(stand) under a tree just a few metres away from me; I proudly ....(make) a note on my pad. 10) The next day, while we ....(travel) to a nearby village, we ....(spot) a herd of elephants crossing the road. 11) All too quickly our two weeks in Namibia ....(draw) to a close and we .... (find) ourselves back at home. 12) Altough we were a little sad, we both felt a tremendous sense of satisfaction as we ....(not only/visit) a beautiful part of the world, but we ....(also/make) our own small positive contribution.

Active verb definition

How do you know if a verb is active?

Verbs are either ‘active’ or ‘passive’ according to whether the subject of the sentence is doing the action or whether they are having it done to them.  An active verb is a word that basically shows an action within a sentence. In an active sentence, the subject of the sentence is the thing or the person carrying out the action (see the below examples). Whereas, in a passive sentence, the thing being acted upon is the subject of the sentence. So active verbs are those verbs, in sentences, which are being done by the subject of the sentence. All verbs are doing words and involve action, but examples of ‘active verbs’ depend on whether the thing being done, (cleaning, eating etcetera), is being done by the subject of the sentence or not.

Examples of Active Verbs

Charlotte talks for an incredibly long time. The active verb here would be talks; as talking is something that Charlotte can do. Remember, active verbs express something that a person, animal, or object can do. That’s why they are named Action verbs Jack cleaned the house. The verb To Clean is active here, (cleaned) because the subject of the sentence ‘Jack’ is doing the cleaning. The house was cleaned by Jack. In this sentence, the verb ‘To Clean’ is passive because the subject of the sentence, the house, is being cleaned. My parents bought a house. The verb is active, the subject (my parents) is doing the action of ‘buying'.   “Sally brushed the dog” Here “brushed” is an active verb. Compare this with “The dog was brushed by Sally” – where “was brushed” is a passive verb.

What is the active voice?
When should you use the active and passive voice?

What is the difference between active and passive verbs?

There are 2 types of sentences - active and passive. All verbs have an active and passive voice. Where active verbs detail the action ie: The teacher taught the lesson. The passive sentence would read: The students are taught the lesson. The passive voice is used when we want to emphasize the action (the verb) and the object of a sentence rather than the subject. Basically it means when someone is not physically doing anything! For example,  Active:

  • I am building a house.
  • You are driving the car.
  • Bill is eating his dinner
  • Mary is playing the game.
  • Jill washed the dishes
  • Katie carried her bag


  • The house was built by me.
  • The car was driven by you.
  • The dinner was eaten by Bill.
  • The game was played by Mary.
  • The dishes were washed by Jill
  • The bag was carried by Katie

  Do you have any other examples of active or passive verbs? Leave them in the comments and we will add them to the list!