Category Archives: Easily Confused Words

rise / raise: what’s the difference?

Raise vs. Rise Both words mean ‘to move upwards’, but they are not interchangeable. ‘Rise’ is what we call an intransitive verb and ‘raise’ is a transitive verb. To explain: Intransitive verbs, like rise, do not require an object. For … Continue reading

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so/such: what’s the difference?

http://www.englishpage.com/minitutorials/sosuch.html Here is a fine explanation of the differences in how we use so/such, along with exercises at the bottom.

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obsessive / obsessional: what’s the difference?

Here’s another one I was asked about recently. It seems that they are used interchangeably to talk about a person or an animal who/which has a “compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied … Continue reading

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grant / subvention: what’s the difference?

I can see no clear difference between these two words. They both refer to financial aid that is given by a giver to a receiver. Givers are often government bodies, either local or national, but not always. Receivers can be … Continue reading

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graphic / graphical: what’s the difference?

Another -ic or -ical adjective question came up recently. This answer is sourced from http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=11622 from the member Focalist: graphic 1. relating to visual art, especially involving drawing, engraving, or lettering. 2 giving vividly explicit detail. 3 of or in the … Continue reading

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affect / effect: what’s the difference?

The following explanation was sourced from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-affect-and-effect.htm: The word affect is primarily used as a verb in English. It has two main meanings, which are closely related. Affect may mean to alter the feelings of, or to change the mental state of someone or something. It may … Continue reading

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dramatic / dramatical: what’s the difference?

Dramatical:  overly dramatic eg. That outburst was entirely unnecessary. You are so dramatical! (source: http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-of/dramatical)  Dramatic:  1. Of or relating to drama or the theater. 2. Characterized by or expressive of the action or emotion associated with drama or the theatre: a dramatic rescue at … Continue reading

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