Diction Accuracy and Correct Usage
When I was in first year college we studied these, during discussion I really enjoyed these lesson because I realized that we often used the words but I usually misused and misspelled it. Thank you to my teacher who makes our lesson easy and discovery. I want to share these to you and I used my book here is the title of the book “Writing across discipline” an ESP skill text for academic and professional tasks. Written by Infante, DG, et. al.
There are many words that are confusing but for today I’m going to give the first ten, after a week I will post the other confusing words. Thanks guys.
- 1. Accept, except expect
Accept is a verb meaning “to receive”; except is a preposition meaning “not including”; expect on the other hand, is a verb which means “to anticipate.”
- 2. Adapt and Adopt
Adapt means “to accommodate“ and “to adjust to certain conditions“ while adopt means “to take into a family“ or “to take up and follow.“
- 3. Advise and Advice
Advise is a verb which means “to give advice”.Advice is the noun form.
- 4. Affect and Effect
Affect means to influence or to create an effect on something. Effect is a noun meaning the result or consequence of something.
- 5. All ready and Already
All ready a two-word expression means everybody is ready or “totally prepared”; already is an adverb meaning” previously or by this time. “
- 6. Altogether, all together and together
Altogether is an adverb which means “entirely or totally”; all together a two-word expression refers” to an action” or “activity” simultaneously accomplished by a group. Together is used “to refer to two persons” or “things doing the same activity.
- 7. Allude and elude
To allude means “to refer to“; to elude means“ to avoid.“
- 8. While and awhile
While is a noun as in “for a while, in a while”; awhile is an adverb meaning “shortly” or “for some time.”
- 9. Breath and breathe
Breath is a noun; breathe is a verb.
10.Beside and besides
Beside is a preposition which means “next to“; besides is a preposition which refers to “except for“ and an adverb which means “in addition to.“
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