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Tag Archives: easily confused words
oldest / eldest : what’s the difference?
Adapted from http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/9525/whats-the-difference-between-eldest-and-oldest Both eldest and oldest refer to the greatest in age. The crucial difference, however, lies in the fact that eldest can only be used for related persons, while oldest can be used for any person, place or thing … Continue reading
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e.g. / i.e. : what’s the difference?
The Latin abbreviations e.g. and i.e. are commonly used in English, and nearly as commonly mixed up. Below is a clear explanation, which can also be found online at it’s original home: http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/difficulties/egie.html. I should also point out that these days you can write both … Continue reading
unsatisfied / dissatisfied: what’s the difference?
Dissatisfied applies only to people who are unhappy, frustrated or disappointed with a thing, person or situation. Examples: I was dissatisfied with the service I received at the restaurant. She was dissatisfied with his response to her question. Unsatisfied refers to the … Continue reading
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on time / in time: what’s the difference?
What is the difference between on time and in time? ‘In time’ means to be at the edge of the specified time, with no spare time left. ‘On time’ means to be punctual, with spare time left. To clarify that here are two … Continue reading
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could / be able to: what’s the difference?
This one comes up in class a lot. Here’s the best explanation I’ve found: could / be able to
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marry / get married: what’s the difference?
Although there are exceptions it is generally better to use marry with an object i.e., marry somebody. For example: ▪ He married his college sweetheart. ▪ I want to marry a doctor or a lawyer ▪ I asked her to marry me. … Continue reading
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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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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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