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Confusing word pairs
Affect or effect?
Comprise or compose?
Flaunt or flout?
Imply or infer?
Could you spot the misused word in each of the sentences below?
It's the job of the editor to reign in the director sometimes, to tell them when they're going too far. Reign (hold royal office) should have been rein (to check or guide by pulling on reins).
The predominate influence of nature is reflected in the Arts & Crafts colour palette, with all shades of muted green playing a dominate role. Predominate is a verb; so is dominate. Predominant and dominant are adjectives and the correct choice for this sentence.
TransCanada Corp's torturous effort to win approval for its $7.6 billion Keystone XL pipeline has taken another sharp turn ... . Torturous (involving pain or suffering) should have been tortuous (full of twists and turns).
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Ever see a lawn sign or mailbox that said The Smith’s (or your choice of surname) and wondered exactly who was The Smith?
It’s the apostrophe. It’s in the wrong place. It should say The Smiths’ and include the whole family, not just The Smith (think The Great Pumpkin or The Big Kahuna). Lots more about the poor, pitiful, misunderstood apostrophe inside UpWORDly Mobile.
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