Sunday, July 10, 2011

Commonly Confused Words

Still the best writers are triggered by sure words. When will "sound" include an apostrophe? When to use "later" and when "more" correct? Is it "less" people or "less" people? Do you "lose" your keys or "loose" them?

Sometimes, even though my brain knows that good word, my fingers are confused. I have often detained "there" when I meant "their", for example. We get into the flow of writing or typing, and enter the word evil without realizing it. That's why proof reading is so important.

Yet if you think you know the correct use, here are some words you need to look out for in your writing, with some tips to help you remember the words to use in different contexts.

Commonly Confused Words

Accept or except

Accept means to receive or accept, "I accept your invitation."
Unless all means, but "I like all vegetables except okra."

One trick to remember the difference is to think of the "x" in the exception to exclude.

Bring or Take

Bring is used when something comes up: "Please bring your spouse with you."
Brought is the past: "I brought my husband tonight."
Take means it goes ". Please take the dishes to the sink "
Took the time: "I got a book on the plane."

Can or May

May relates to the ability: "I can pat my head and rub my belly at the same time."
May is about permission: "You can have a piece of cake."
Farther or further

Indicates the distance farther: "Our new home is six miles away from my office that the old house."
In addition to some other use, including the time or the prosecution: "I decided not to take the process further."

Its or It's

It is a contraction of "it" or "it". The apostrophe is in the missing letters.
All other uses are his. Where it becomes confusing for many people is the possessive form. Usually include an apostrophe possessive: "Sharon car is red." However, this is not the case with the possessive of it ". Its roof is open "

Less or fewer

Less is used to refer to items that can be counted.
Less refers to things measured by other means.
An example would be ". I used less fuel because I led fewer miles "However, if you were talking about gallons of gasoline and driving in general, you would say:" I used fewer gallons of gasoline, as I drove less. " Gallons of gasoline because it can be counted. Though miles may be counted, "conduct" can not.

Lose or loose

Lose means to misplace or otherwise deprived of like losing a match.
Bulk means is not attached securely.
Example: ". I was worried I would lose the button, because it was loose"

Than or Then

Than is used when making a comparison: “July is warmer than February.”
Then indicates a time sequence: “Close the door, then set the alarm.”

There or Their or They’re

They’re is a contraction of “they are. ”
Their is the possessive form of they: “They took their car to the beach.”
All other usage is there.

These are few of the most commonly confused and misused word.

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