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regardless – The word is correct. Irregardless is non-standard usage.
So ... as – The comparative construction may only be used in questions and negative statements. Otherwise, use as ... as.
Your house is not so large as mine.
So ... – Avoid the use of the appealing so as an intensiﬁer. The weather is so delightful. Very would be a better choice. Similarly,
when using so with a part participle, consider using much or well to qualify.
The car was so much damaged that it was not drivable.
Mary is so well suited to be an attorney. www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction
184.108.40.206 47 Words Frequently Misused Aggravate/annoy – To aggravate is to make a situation worse. To annoy is to irritate. In formal English, people cannot be aggravated,
When the Chairman of the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates, he aggravated the ﬂailing economy and annoyed many
Wall Street bankers.
Ago/since – Ago carries a thought from the present to the past. Since carries a thought from the past to the present.
It was twenty years ago that I ﬁrst heard that song.
It has been twenty years since I ﬁrst heard that song.
Among/between – Use between when comparing two items and among when comparing three or more
I was torn between studying ﬁnance and studying marketing.
After I was accepted into all three MBA programs, I had to choose among Harvard, Wharton and Columbia.
Amount/number – Use amount when referring to an uncountable noun and number when referring to a countable word.
There is a large amount of water in the ocean.
There are a large number of ﬁsh in the ocean.
Fewer/less – Use fewer when referring to a countable noun and less when referring to an uncountable noun. The usage of fewer/less
is similar to amount/number.
The supermarket express lane is open to customers with ten items or fewer.
There is less rudeness at Dean and Deluca than at Fairway.
Good/well - When used as adjectives, good refers to morality or quality and well refers to health. However, only well can be used as
adverb and good is always an adjective.
I feel good about my work. I feel well. I am well. I’m doing well. It is good to hear that you feel well today.
Imply/infer – To imply is to express a thought indirectly. To infer is to derive a conclusion indirectly.
While the politician never implied that he would raise taxes, the audience inferred that he would soon do so.
Like/as – Use like before a noun, or pronoun. Use as before a clause, adverb or prepositional phrase. Like is generally used as a
preposition in such a context. As is generally used as an adverb while sometimes serving as a preposition with the meaning of “in
the capacity of”.
My mother’s cheesecake tastes like glue.
I love frozen pizza because there is no other snack like it.
My mother’s cheesecake tastes great, as a mother’s cheesecake should.
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