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26. Less, fewer. If you can separate items in the quantities being compared. use fewer; if not, use less. Wrong: The Rams are-inferior to the Vikings because they have less good linemen , Right: The Rams are inferior to the Vikings because they have 'feWer good linemen. Right: The Rams are inferior to the Vikings because they have less experience. 27. Like.~. Don't use like for ~or as if. In general. use like to compare with nouns and pronouns; use as when comparing with phrases and clauses that con- tain a verb. --- Wrong: Jim blocks the linebacker like he should. Right: Jim blocks the linebacker'as he should. Right:Jimblockslikea pro. --- 28. Marshall, marshal. Generally, the first form is correct only when the word is a proper noun: 'John Marshall. The second form is the verb form: Marilyn will marshalher forces. And the second form is the one to use with a title: Fire Marshal Stan Anderson, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. ---- 29. Mean, average, median. Use ~ as synonymouswith average. Eachword refers to the sum of all componentsdivided by the number of components.Median is the number that has as many components above it,as below it (the midpoint). 30. Nouns. There's a growing trend toward using nouns as'verbs. Resist it. Host, headquarters and author. for instance, are nbuns, even though a dictionary may---- a~knowledge they can 'beused ,as verbs. If you do, you'll corneup with a monstrosity l1ke: Headquartered at his country home, John Doe 'hosted a party to celebrate the book he had authored. ...
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3 31. Oral, verbal. Use oral to mean spoken, verbal to mean words, either spo- ken or written~ .Written'cont"ractis more precise than .verbal.contract, which could be written or oral. 'Verbal may'conrtote the process of reducing ideas to writing 32. Over, more than. They aren't interchangeable~ 'Over refers to spatial rela- tionships: The plane flew over the city. More'than is used with figures: In the crowd were more than 10,000 fans. . 33. ParaIIeIconstruction. Thoughts in series in the same sentence require' parallel construction ' Wrong: The union demanded an increase of 10 percent in wages and to cut theworkweekto 30hours. - Right: The union demanded ariincrease of 10 percent in wages and a 'reduction in the work week to 30 hours. '34. Peddle, pedal. When selling something, you 'peddle it. When riding a bicycle or similarform of locomotion,you pedal it. ' -' 35. Pretense, pretext. They're different, but it's a tough distinction. A pretext is that which is put forward to'conceal the truth'~ A '£.retense is a "false show;" a more overt act intended to conceal personal feelings. He was discharged for tardiness, but this was only a pretext for general imcompetence. My profuse compliments were all a pretense. Principle, principal. A guiding rule or basic truth is a principle. The dominant or leading thing is principal~ 'Principle is a noun; principal a noun or an adjective. The amount of a loan is the 'principal.
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  • Spring '10
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