Please join me now as we finish our quest in Witch is the Write Word? Part 2...
The actor Alec Baldwin imitated Donald Trump on the TV show, Saturday Night Live. Some say that he looked like ‘the real thing’. Alec Baldwin later intimated that while he likes to parody the President, he in fact does not like the man.
Imitate means to copy, to parody, to try and resemble someone or something.
Intimate (verb) means to hint at, suggest, state, make known, imply something.
In one fell swoop vs in one fowl/foul swoop
Both ‘in one fowl swoop’ and ‘in one foul swoop’ are incorrect phrases, having been mistakenly derived from a very old phrase, ‘in one fell swoop’.
I first came across this line in high school, while studying Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth (my favorite play from the Bard). It can be found in Act 4, scene 3, and simply refers to things happening suddenly and all at once.
The police managed to arrest all the members of the drug syndicate, in various states, in one fell swoop.
You could write a whole chapter of a grammar book about the use of apostrophes. However, to put it simply, the word it’s is a contraction for it is, whereas its is a ‘possessive determiner’ meaning ‘belonging to something’ or ‘associated with something’ previously mentioned or identified.
It’s a nice day today = It is a nice day today.
I bought this electronic dictionary. Its case is over there.