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Troublesome words: affect vs. effect [infographic]

  • March 4, 2013
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Many words that sound the same have completely different meanings, and some words that sound the same have different spellings. [Infographic provided by] To download high-resolution poster click here English, the Crazy Quilt Language Before supermarkets, quilted blankets were made at home. When a quilter was low on materials, she would use whatever stray…

Troublesome words

  • August 8, 2011
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Homonyms in English are strange little words that sound similar but are spelled differently and have different meanings. These can be tricky, and not just for those learning English as a second language, even those who have spoken the language since birth can confuse them from time to time. Here are some common homonyms and…

Seven tricky pairs of confusing words

  • February 16, 2011
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Returning to our two-part series on confusing words, we will tackle a few of the remaining homonyms and common conundrums, which are prone to being misused. While misused words can lead to considerable confusion, the reasons behind such mistakes are often quite understandable. This list provides a concise look at the rules and reasons behind…

Confusing Word Pairs. Part One.

  • January 31, 2011
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The differences between who vs whom, lay vs lie and other confusing word pairs can be difficult to discern. When combined, apostrophes, homonyms, subtle spelling differences and alternate definitions create a recipe for trouble. The following examples should clear some of the confusion surrounding these similar word pairs and homonyms. Who vs. Whom Knowing when…

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