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Stilted: Owing to rain, the gamewas canceled~ Right: The game was canceled because of rain. 14. Ecology, environment. They are not synonymous. Ecology is the study of the relationshipbetweenorganismsandtheirenvironment. ' Right: The laboratory is studying the ecology of man and the desert. Right: There is keen interest in animal ecology these "days. Wrong: Even so simple an undertakingas maintaining a lawn affects ecology. Right: Even so simple an undertaking as maintaining a lawn affects our environment. , IS. Either. It means one or the other, not both. Wrong: There were lions on either side of the ,door. Right: There were lions on each side of the"door. ' 16. Fliers, flyers. Airmen are flIers. Handbills 'are fly~rs. ' 17. ,Flout, flaWlt. They ~ren't the same; they mean completely 'different things and they're cOmmonly confused. Flout means to mock, to scoff or to show disdain for. Flaunt means to display ostentatiouSly.
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I. 18. Funeral service. A redundant expression. A funeral is a service. 19. Head~. People don't'head'~ committees. They"head them. 20. HOPefully. One of the most commonly misused word~, in spite of what the dictionary may say. Hopefully should describe the way the subject feels. For instance: Hopefully, I shall present the plan to the president. (This means I will be hopeful when I do it.) But it is something else again when you attribute hope to a non-person. You may write: Hopefully, the war will end soon. This means you hope the war will end soon, but it is not what you are writing. What you mean is: I hope the war will end 'soon. '- 21. Imply and infer. The speaker implies. The hearer infers. 22. In advance of, prior to. Use'before; it sounds more natural. 23. Its. it's. Its is the possessive; 'it's is the contraction of'it'is. Wrong: What is it's name? Right: What is its name? Its name is-Fido. Right: It's the first time he's scored tonight. It's my coat. 24. Lay, lie. Lay is the action word; lie is the state of 'being.' Wrong: The body will ~ in state until Wednesday. Right: The body will lie in state until Wednesday. Right: The prosecutor tried to lay the blame on him. However. the past tense of lie is ~.- Right: The body .!:.!r. in state from Tuesday until Wednesday. Wrong: The body laid in state from Tuesday until Wednesday. The past participle and the plain past tense of ~ is laid. Right:He laid the pencil on the pad. . Right: He had laid the pencil on the pad. Right: The hen laid an egg. 25. Leave. let. Leave-alone means to depart from or cause to be in solitude. Let alone means to be undisturbed. --- Wrong: The man pulled a gun on her but Mr. Jones intervened and talked him into leaving her alone. Right: The man had pulled a gun on her but Mr. Jones intervened and talked him into letting her alone. Right: When I entered the room I saw that Jim and May were sleeping, so I decided to leave'them alone.
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