Mar 13th 2017

Speak vs Talk

When Each Should Be Used

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 It’s often wondered when each should be used, with regard to the words “speak” and “talk”. Speaking and talking produce the same outcomes. However, their uses are not interchangeable.

A single person speaks, the action does not require any additional participants. Whereas two or more people talk; when this occurs, it is implied that a conversation is taking place.

The difference between the two words directly relates to their transitivity. Or, in other words, the grammatical object that directly follows the verbs speak and talk. If a verb needs an object (not all verbs do) then it is considered to be transitive.

Talk and its tenses are only used transitively, while speak and its tenses can stand alone or be combined with an object.

Let’s look at this table for clarification:

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In addition, the difference between the two words extends to their usages, regardless of a number of participants. Talk is used to describe non-formal communications. Speak is used to refer to more serious or formal interactions.

Examples of usage:

Talk

      • I need to talk to you.
      • Please, stop talking!
      • Did you talk to Jenny?
      • I’m not going away until you talk to me.

Speak

      • Feel free to speak your mind.
      • They don’t speak to each other anymore.
      • Does your boss speak from experience?
      • She started to speak, but then Dan cut her short.

Bottom line:

When describing an informal conversation, the word “talk” is used. As seen in the examples above, the use implies a multi-person interaction and has a tone of familiarity.

When referring to lectures or a person’s capability, “speak” is used. Also, as stated in the examples above, speak implies the actions of a singular individual and the word brings on a tone of seriousness.

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Malki Ehrlich and the Ginger Team

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Feb 13th 2017

Sympathy-vs-Empathy

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Here’s a simple guide to ensure these highly sensitive words are being used effectively.

Sympathy: Feeling distressed, anxious or depressed about another person’s circumstance.
Empathy: The ability to comprehend the source of distress of another person.

Why is it confusing?

Empathy is often used incorrectly when a person claims to be able to emotionally or physically understand the pain or discomfort of another person. Empathy should only be used to describe a mental understanding of the source of the discomfort or pain.

Sympathy is often misused when carelessly placed in a sentence. It is a sentiment of care that expresses the actual emotional or physical feeling of the pain of another person.

Sympathy and empathy regularly prompt each other, yet not generally. For example, it is conceivable to feel for or sympathize with things such as birds and ladybirds, yet not empathize with them. 

Examples in use:

Sympathy:

  • Aѕ hе wаtсhеd thе hurricane fооtаgе from hіѕ dry apartment, hе fеlt ѕуmраthу fоr thоѕе lоѕіng thеіr homes.
  • Sympathy poured in from all over the country for the injured combat soldiers.
  • I sympathized with my friend seeing the hardships she dealt with when she lost her job.

Empathy:

  • Shе knew hе lоѕt his mother whеn hе wаѕ vеrу уоung, juѕt lіkе ѕhе hаd, and fеlt a dеер empathy for him.
  • Having also faced serious financial troubles, Caroline had empathy for Donny’s money woes.
  • I’ve been there and done that, so I can completely empathize with the situation.

To sum up the difference between Sympathy and Empathy:

Sympathy is the ability to understand someone’s feelings and experiences.
Empathy is actually feeling the same emotion or going through the same experience as someone else.

Cheers,
Malki Ehrlich and the Ginger Team

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Jan 15th 2017

Ginger 💙 Students!

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Ginger software has proven itself to be the ultimate tool for students since 2011. Ginger is the tool that will take your term paper, essay or even your research paper to a new level of excellence. This software will help you achieve the results you are working so hard for. With Ginger Software say goodbye to spelling errors, punctuation and embarrassing grammatical mistakes.

Our software has received fantastic testimonials and recommendations from distinguished schools and universities; such as, the University of Aberdeen. Our products are helping tens of thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the world boost their scholastic achievements and improve their English skills set.

In addition to perfecting your grammar and spelling, Ginger’s advanced “Rephrase” tool analyses your text and suggests alternative phrasings which improve and liven up your text without changing the intended message. Here is an example of suggestions by Ginger’s rephrase tool as experienced by real users:

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We also offer special deals and discounts to schools and other educational organizations to help them bring Ginger to more students no matter their budget. Check out our website store for our special New Year’s offer for new and renewing subscribers.

What are you waiting for? Download your free trial now!

Cheers,
Malki Ehrlich and the Ginger Team

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Dec 29th 2016

Your Welcome or You’re Welcome?

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It’s the holiday season and people are getting together, swapping gifts, and sending “Thank You” notes to one and all. So, how do you respond? Do you reply with “Your Welcome” or “You’re Welcome”?

People often make the mistake of writing Your Welcome when it should be You’re Welcome! Since they both sound the same, it’s easy to make such an error. A good way to remember is to use “you’re” when it’s appropriate to say “you are”.

Let’s take a look at some comparisons:

                            Yоur                                                                              Yоu’rе
Examples:  “Yоur flу іѕ open.”                                   “You’re making things very hard fоr me.”
Examples:  “I lіkе уоur shoes.”                                  “Yоu’rе the lоvе оf mу lіfе”.
Mеаnіng:  “Your” means “bеlоngіng tо уоu”.            “Yоu’rе” іѕ a combination of “уоu аrе”.

Is it a Noun or a Pronoun?
“Your” is a possessive pronoun such as Your Cat, Your House, etc. It is always followed by a noun such as Cat or House.  Since it is possessive by nature, it never has an apostrophe with it.

Here’s two more exаmрlеs of Yоur Welcome vs. Yоu’rе Welcome that will help us understand this better:

Correct usage of ‘You’re’.
“I think your more than qualified for that position”. That’s saying “I think you more than qualified for that position”. The grammar is wrong because it does not make any sense. The sentence should be “I think you’re more than qualified for that position”.

Correct usage of ‘Your’.
You’re hair is the loveliest shade of red”. What you are saying is: “You Are hair is the loveliest shade of red” which is obviously the wrong use of the word. The correct usage should be “Your hair is the loveliest shade of red”. A contraction is never followed by a noun such as Hair.

You’re Welcome!
Malki Ehrlich and the Ginger Team

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Dec 7th 2015

Winners of Google Play Editor’s Choice Award, Todoist & Ginger, partner up to simplify, organize and get things done while messaging

Hey guys,

As of today, our Android Keyboard users will be able to manage, share and access their tasks and to-do lists using Todoist, the beautifully simple to-do list and task manager app.
With enabling access to Todoist’s interface directly from the keyboard, Gingers’ users can now create new to-do lists and keep track on their most important tasks, without ever leaving their messaging platform.

We are very excited about this partnership and all the benefits it will provide our users. As it will enable them to not only enjoy Ginger’s unique tools and features, but also maximize the entire keyboard experience and productiveness to go beyond standard writing and typing .

Download the latest versions of Ginger Keyboard for Android and Todoist for Android.

Cheers,
The Ginger Team.

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