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Commonly Misused Verbs Practice
Lay / Lie Lay: to place an object down. Lie: to recline your body at rest.
Raise / Rise Raise: to elevate something. Rise: to get up.
Speak with: to discuss something with them. Speak to / with: Speak to: to tell them something:
Wait for / wait on: Wait for: to await
Let: to allow. Leave / Let Leave: to depart. Let is go, let it fly away!
Flaunt: "to show off."
Immigrate: to establish permanent residence in a new country. Emigrated / Immigrated Emigrated: to leave one country for another.
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Correspond to / Correspond with: Correspond to: "in agreement with," Correspond with: "to exchange letters."
Complement / Compliment: Complement: "to make complete," Compliment: "to praise."
Apprise / Appraise: Apprise: "to inform," Apprise: "to determine the value"
Affront / Confront: Affront: "to insult," Confront: "to face."
Afflict / Inflict Afflict: to suffer from a painful condition. Inflict : to punish someone.
Affect / Effect: Effect: "a result." Affect: "to influence."
Adapted to / for / from: Adapted to: "naturally suited for." Adapted for: created to be suited for Adapted from: changed to be suted for
Adapt / Adept / Adopt: Adapt: "to change," Adept: "skilled," Adopt: "to make something your own."
Account for/to: Account for: When explaining something Account to: When receiving blame or credit
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