Tag: confusables

Video: bare or bear?

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allude elude

Quiz: allude or elude?

Allude and elude sound similar, but have quite different meanings. Do you know how to use them correctly in a sentence? Read more about the difference between allude and elude.  

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may I quote you on that

Quiz: May I Quote You on That?

Have a try at answering our selection of questions from Stephen Spector’s May I Quote You on That? A Guide to Grammar and Usage. Spector’s book uses illustrative quotations from famous writers, historical figures, and celebrities to teach standard English usage and grammar.

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Can or could? In the noun form of 'can', it's pretty obvious.

Can or could?

Like may and might, can and could cause a lot of confusion. Understanding how all the modal verbs are used is vital to speaking and writing English effectively and idiomatically, so let’s explore the meanings and uses of can and could. Given that these are quite complex verbs, I’d like to focus on explaining some key points (otherwise […]

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Loose or lose that weight?

Loose or lose?

Help! I am loosing the will to live with my smartphone! Aargh! I almost lost the will to live when I spotted the above mistake, but simultaneously wished that my Inner Spellchecker would give it a rest, so that I could simply appreciate the content of what I read rather than be distracted by spelling […]

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Is it that, who, which?

That, who, or which

I have a twofold career: as well as writing blogs about grammar and usage, I also teach English as a foreign language. Explaining the more arcane and sometimes illogical nuances of English grammar to native and non-native speakers alike can be challenging, but I relish the chance to do so. I’ve found that some people […]

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Principle or principal? The question can sometimes be confusing.

Principle or principal?

Principle or principal? It’s very easy to confuse these two words. Although they sound the same when they’re spoken, their meanings are quite different. Here are two sentences in which the wrong choice has been made: X The principle aim of the initiative is to make art accessible to everyone. X There are too many […]

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