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Words to Watch Out For

Postby PaulaO » 30 Apr 2012, 10:23

Former vs Latter - Former is the first in a list, latter is the second. Just figured that one out. Former and First.

Then there's alright / all right and already / all ready. Alright is incorrect, right?

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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby FranW » 30 Apr 2012, 11:14

Former is the First, Latter is the Last. That's my trick for remembering.

Alright is only okay if you want Proof to come stab your eyes out rofl
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby FranW » 30 Apr 2012, 11:15

My typos are its versus it's, lead versus lead, effect versus affect, and of course the ubiqitous teh.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby PaulaO » 30 Apr 2012, 12:32

I can never get effect vs affect either. And Passed vs Past is another I have to stop and really think about.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Sacchi » 30 Apr 2012, 13:13

FranW wrote:My typos are its versus it's, lead versus lead, effect versus affect, and of course the ubiqitous teh.


"Lead versus lead"--the difference must very subtle, because I don't get it.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby FranW » 30 Apr 2012, 13:15

D'oh! See? I did it again.

Lead vs led.

Paula, I handed in a nonfiction article last week. The magazine editor's sole contribution was to add in one lead-in sentence -- and she put in 'passed" instead of 'past'. Good thing I checked the galleys!
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby ElaineB » 01 May 2012, 04:18

The only typo I spotted in Erosistible was "lead" when it should have been "led." I always have to stop and think about its versus it's.

It doesn't come up in fiction much, thankfully, but it took me about 10 years to get the difference between comprise and compose. In case someone else cares, go here.

A while and awhile trip me up. And I'm not sure I'm clear on the usage but this helped.

I can usually sort out affect vs. effect in context. See here for that.

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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby PaulaO » 01 May 2012, 05:29

Grammar Girl is a wonderful resource!

The vast majority of the time, I "get" what she is saying. I have one of her books around here somewhere....

The other day, I used "prosecute" and then "persecute". Had to pause and look them up.
Prosecute is legal, persecute is a bully (torment). So you can prosecute a persecutor. And you can persecute a prosecutor.
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby Baker » 01 May 2012, 08:48

Sacchi wrote:"Lead versus lead"--the difference must very subtle, because I don't get it.

lol The very first typo Fran pinged me for in my fiction was me using 'lead' when it ought to have been 'led'.

The pair I have a problem with is province and provenance. Don't ask me why.


I've noticed the word "shined" used where I would use "shone". Is this a USA vs Brit thing, or is it general grammar malaise?
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Re: Words to Watch Out For

Postby ElaineB » 01 May 2012, 09:23

That's another that has bothered me. I always thought it should be shined, but the dictionary says shone or shined, so shone would be preferred.
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