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1 20 Tricky Word Usages “It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.” ~Carl Sagan ( )

2 all ready vs. already  all ready – pronoun (all) + adjective modifier (ready)  They were all ready to go dancing.  already – an adverb denoting time  The pie was already baked.

3 all together vs. altogether  all together – gathered in a group  The Write Place staff were all together suffering through another PowerPoint.  Altogether – adverb meaning “completely”  The PowerPoint presentation was altogether mind-numbing.

4 allude vs. elude  allude – make a quick reference to  In demonstrating the Write Place culture, he alluded to the finger puppets in the Bistro.  Elude – to evade or avoid  “I eluded Carol by hiding in the bathroom,” said Jake.

5 alternately vs. alternatively  alternately – adverb denoting time, meaning “by turns”  When making mayonnaise, add oil and lemon juice alternately.  Alternatively – adverb denoting “by way of an alternative”  You can create a handout or, alternatively, you can wash the coffee cups.

6 amoral vs. immoral  amoral – an amoral person, action, or thing is one for which the whole concept of morality is foreign or irrelevant  The sociopathic murderer is amoral. OR A devastating hurricane is amoral.  immoral – doesn’t measure up to cultural standards of morality  Unmarried women who had children used to be thought of as immoral. Or Cutting down the 200 year-old oak in the center of town is an immoral action.

7 angry at vs angry with  angry at – pertains to situations  I am angry at the way I was treated at the Dept. of Public Safety.  angry with – pertains to people  I am angry with my younger sister for plagiarizing my paper.

8 ante- vs. anti-  ante – before  An antecedent is the noun which comes before the pronoun that represents it. For example; John had better put the beer back in the cooler, if he wants it to stay cold.  anti against, contrary to  I use anti-freeze in my car in the winter.

9 ascent vs. assent  ascent – climb  It was a steep ascent to the top of Enger Tower  Assent – agree or agreement (either verb or noun)  She will assent to re-funding the Write Place OR She gave her assent when asked to re- fund the Write Place.

10 censor vs. censure  censor – to cut out or prevent something offensive from appearing  The government censored parts of the soldiers’ letters to keep information about military action out of the hands of the enemy.  censure – to condemn  The Governor was censured for using public funds to help build his vacation home.

11 complacent vs. complaisant vs. compliant  complacent – self-satisfied  His complacency in the middle of the mess he created caused him to be defeated in the last election.  complaisant – doing what one can to please others  Chris was consistently complaisant in his dealings with clients at the reception desk.  compliant – doing what your are told whether it pleases you or not  She was compliant when asked to re-do the report, even though she fumed inside.

12 continual vs. continuous  continual – keeps coming back, keeps repeating  I get so frustrated at the continual auto-format generated typos in my Facebook posts.  continuous – never goes away, goes on and on  Interstate90 is a continuous, straight and boring route across South Dakota, rarely broken by a hill or curve.

13 differ from vs. differ with  differ from – to be different from  The last tutorial greatly differed from this one.  differ with – to disagree  I differed with my father over the value of his old Ford Fairlane.

14 discreet vs. discrete  discreet – to be tactful and to keep secrets  Julie was discreet when her roommate’s boss called to ask why she didn’t come to work.  Discrete - to be separate from  Linguistics and rhetoric are discrete disciplines.

15 disinterested vs. uninterested  disinterested – impartial, no vested interest  She was a disinterested observer, which made her analysis credible.  Uninterested – not interested  The client acted as though he was uninterested in his own essay.

16 farther vs. further  farther – used when referring to physical space  It is farther to Las Vegas than to Missoula.  further – other non-physical distance  I want you to take that argument further. Push the envelope.

17 flaunt vs. flout  flaunt – to make a show of  He flaunted his wealth by parking his Lamborghini right in front of the Write Place.  Flout – to scoff at or mock  The students flout the noise ordinance on the south side every weekend.

18 incredible vs. incredulous  incredible – unbelievable, fantastic  The Minnesota Lynx have been incredible this season.  incredulous – unbelieving, doubting  When I told her I’d never had a speeding ticket, she looked at me incredulously.

19 ingenious vs. ingenuous  ingenious – clever, inventive  Toni Morrison’s plot lines are ingenious as well as meticulously crafted.  ingenuous – innocent  Even though he was guilty as sin, his ingenuous expression convinced others he had nothing to do with the mess.

20 temerity vs. timidity  temerity – foolhardy boldness or chance- taking  His temerity was once again demonstrated when he dove off the cliff without checking to see how deep the water was.  timidity – fearfully cautious  The great Dane’s timidity when faced with the aggressive toy poodle was hysterically funny.


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