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Commonly Misused Words - Commonly Misused Words If you...

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Commonly Misused Words If you can’t decide whether it should be anyone or a ny one or when to use that , which or who, you may appreciate this list of words that often confuses even the most seasoned writers. Each entry includes a definitions and an example. Accept/except   Definitions: Accept: to receive Except: to exclude Examples: I believe he will accept the new offer. Everyone will be at the meeting except for Tom. Access/excess Definitions: Access: a means of approaching or nearing, the act of obtaining Excess: state of exceeding what is normal or sufficient Examples: They were unable to gain access to the room. The contract was in excess of $1 million. Adapt/adopt Definitions: Adapt: to adjust, make suitable, remodel Adopt: to accept, receive as one’s own Examples: The children were able to adapt to their new surroundings quickly. The company plans to adopt the new guidelines. Adverse/averse Definitions: Adverse: unfavorable, hostile Averse: reluctant or opposed Examples: The torrential rainstorms made for adverse driving conditions. He was averse to making any changes to the products plans at this late date. Advice/advise Definitions: Advice: opinion about a course of action, a recommendation Advise: to offer advice to Examples: She was able to offer advice on what steps should be taken next. The personnel department planned to advise him of the rules. Affect/effect Definitions: Affect: to influence, change, or modify Effect: a result (n) OR to bring about or accomplish (v) Examples: The new law affects all residents of the state. The president’s speech had a positive effect on morale. (n)
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The senator tried to effect positive change for his constituents. (v) Aggravate/annoy Definitions: Aggravate: become worse Annoy: irritate Examples: He decided not to aggravate the situation by reminder him of earlier promises. Her constant questions during the training began to annoy the other participants. Aid/aide Definitions: Aid: assistance Aide: person who serves as an assistant Examples: The prime minister promised to increase foreign aid in the coming year. The aide recommended that she review the new findings before making a decision. All ready/already Definitions: All ready: completely ready or prepared Already: previously Examples: The slide presentation was all ready to go as soon as the speaker arrived. The trophies had already been awarded by the time they arrived. All right/alright Definitions: All right: satisfactory, average, correct; always written as two words Alright: incorrect usage; should be written as two words – all right Examples: He checked in with his secretary and found that everything was all right. All together/altogether Definitions: All together: collectively as in a group Altogether: entirely, completely Examples: The tourists were gathered all together in the lobby.
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