Monday Mechanics: Commonly Misused Words

Whoops, sorry guys. Forgot today was Monday—kept thinking it was Sunday (long weekends really screw with my internal calendar).

Today, courtesy of, are a list of misused words:

Accept, ExceptAccept means to receive, while except means to exclude.

Adverse, AverseAdverse means difficult, Averse means having a strong feeling against (like an aversion)

Affect, Effect – An Effect is a result, Affect usually means to alter.

Alright – This just isn’t a word. You should use all right.

Assure, Ensure, InsureAssure means to guarantee, Ensure means to make sure, and Insure should only be used when talking about insurance.

Compliment, Complement – A Compliment is praise, to Complement is to go well with something else.

Could Of – This doesn’t make sense. Use Could Have.

Discreet, DiscreteDiscreet is to be careful, Discrete means distinct.

Farther, FurtherFarther refers to distance, Further means more.

Foreword, Forward – A Foreword is the beginning of a book, Forward is a direction.

i.e , e.g – In Latin i.e means “that is”, while e.g means “for example”.

Its, It’sIts is possessive – something that belongs to someone, It’s is short for it is.

Labtop, LaptopLabtop is not a word. The computer sits on your Lap, not your Lab.

Loose, LoseLoose is the opposite of tight, Lose is the opposite of win.

Precede, Proceed – something Precedes if it comes first, Proceeds if it follows.

No, KnowNo is the opposite of yes, Know refers to something you’ve learned. (or in this case haven’t learned)

Than, ThenThan is used for comparisons, Then means it came next.

There, Their, They’reThere is a place, Their is something that belongs to them, They’re is short for They Are

To, Two, TooTwo is a number, Too means also, To is used with verbs (going to).

Weather, WhetherWeather is what the meteorologist always predicts wrong, Whether is used when making a choice.

Who’s, WhoseWhose is possessive, Who’s is short for who is.

Your, You’reYour is something that belongs to you, You’re is short for you are.

Also, there is no such word as irregardless (it’s just ‘regardless’, regardless of what you’re saying) or ‘towards,’ it’s ‘toward.’

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