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Glossary of Correct Usage


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 Glossary of Correct Usage




1.

accept,  except.    Accept is a verb : except is a preposition





  They accepted my invitation.





  Everyone attended the meeting except the secretary.






2.

advice,  advise.   Advice is a noun; advise is a verb.





  His advice was useful.





  I was advised to purchase a more economical car.






3.

affect,  effect.   Affect is a verb; it means " to influence."   Effect may be a verb or a noun. The verb effect means " to cause to happen "; the noun effect means " the result."





  Pollution affects everyone.


  Your tears do not affect me.


  Your tears have no effect upon me.


  Doctors have effected a cure for polio.


  The effect of drugs is well known.






4.

almost,  most.   Most is used to form the superlative; it is used to modify nouns.  Almost is an adverb.





  Most people are honest.


  He is the most unusual person I have ever met.


  Almost everyone has a desire to succeed.


  Almost all of the food was eaten.






5.

already,  all ready.   Already means " before the time specified. "   All ready means " completely prepared."







  The movie had already begun by the time we arrived.







  The members were all ready to hear the report.






6.

altogether, all together.  Altogether means " thoroughly."   All together means " in a group."







  The thought of a third world war is altogether frightening.







  The children were all together on the bus.








7.

amount,  number.  Use amount to refer to thing sin bulk or mass; number refers to the countable.







Wrong
:
I was amazed by the amount of people present.


Right
:
I was amazed by the number of people present.


Right
:
The amount of money needed was soon collect.










8.

and which,  which







Wrong
:
I found a lost dog and which needs a good home.


Right
:
I found a lost dog which needs a good home.







Wrong
:
My father is a good man and whom we all love deeply.


Right
:
My father is a good man whom we all love deeply and whom we admire.










9,

anywheres,  anywhere   Anywheres is very informal







Wrong
:
We can talk anywheres.







Right
:
We can talk anywhere.










10.

around









Wrong
:
He arrived around ten o'clock.







Right
:
He arrived about ten o'clock.














source:-english daily




 



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