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Writers' Help: Commonly Confused Words
Transcript of Writers' Help: Commonly Confused Words
A Guide to Commonly Confused Words
Affect vs. Effect
Affect = a verb
Tom's sight was "affected" when he woke up with a jellyfish covering his eyes.
Effect = a noun
It was a side "effect" of drinking too many mai tais.
Advise vs. Advice
Advise = a verb
His mother "advised" him not to go swimming after eating 40 pounds of mochi balls.
Advice = a noun
He ignored her "advice," and as a result, sank somewhere right about here.
Lose vs. Loose
Lose = verb
Loki worried she might "lose" the trail if she didn't have her GPS.
Loose = adjective
Unfortunately, she didn't realize the GPS had fallen "loose" from her pack and was carried away by a wild pig.
Farther vs. Further
Farther = Adverb
(ref. physical distance)
The "farther" Loki went, the more lost she became.
Further = adverb
(ref. figurative distance)
No "further" contact was had with Loki ever again.
To vs. Too
To = preposition
(ref. toward, in the direction of)
When I went "to" buy shave ice I was shocked "to" discover the stand was no longer there.
Too = adverb
(ref. also or excessively)
The pavement was "too" hot and my slippers melted as I walked home.
There vs. Their vs. They're
There = (1) adverb
Uh oh, "there" goes my car without me.
Their = pronoun
"Their" house is somewhere between Kahuku and Haleiwa.
They're = contraction of 'they are'
"They're" throwing a luau to celebrate their success.
"There" can also be used as a pronoun, noun, adjective, or interjection.
For examples, see: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/there
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