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Usage Unit 3

Usage Unit 3 - pages 918~919 LBH Definitions
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burst
a standard verb form which means "to fly apart suddenly."
bursted
nonstandard past tense of "burst;" do not use this in formal writing.
bust
The slang term for "burst." Do not use this in formal writing.
busted
The past tense slang term for "burst." Do not use this in formal writing.
negative
but, hardly, scarcely are all [negative/positive] in their own right
false
[true/false] But, hardly, and scarcely should be used with "not" to express negativity
true
[true/false] You should never combine the words "but, however, yet"
but that
This is a wordy substitute for "that" and should be avoided.
but what
This is a wordy substitute for "what" and should be avoided.
calculate, figure, reckon
as substitutes for "expect" or "imagine," these words are colloquial and should not be used.
can
Indicates capacity or ability
may
Indicates permission
may
Indicates possibility
can't help but
Common idiom, but redundant ( versus "cannot but" )
true
Expressions such as "in the case of," "in the instance of," and "along the lines of" are unnecessary padding and should be avoided. [true/false]
censor
To edit or remove from public view on moral or some other grounds
censure
to give a formal scolding
center around
Which one is incorrect? [center on/center around]
climatic
comes from climate and refers to weather
climactic
comes from climax and refers to a dramatic high point
complement
To add to, complete, or reinforce it
compliment
To make a flattering remark about it
Compose
means "to make up"
comprise
means "to consist of"
conscience
A noun meaning "a sense of right and wrong"
conscious
an adjective meaning "aware" or "awake"
contact
This is often used imprecisely as a verb instead of a more exact word like "consult," "talk with," "telephone," or "write to"
continual
means "constantly recurring"
continuous
means "unceasing"
convince
to change someone else's opinion
persuade
to move someone to action
of, that
convince should be followed by ____ or _____
to
persuade should be followed by _____
could care less
The expression should be [could care less/couldn't care less]
couple of
used colloquially to mean "a few" or "several"
credible
means "believable" [credible/creditable/credulous]
creditable
means "deserving of credit" or "worthy" [credible/creditable/credulous]
credulous
means "gullible" [credible/creditable/credulous]
criteria
the plural of criterion
criteria
means "standards for judgement"
data
The plural of "datum"
datum
The singular of "data"
device
The noun [device/devise]
devise
The verb [device/devise]
different from
[different from/different than] preferred generally, unless it is in a wordy construction
differ from
To be unlike [differ from/differ with]
differ with
To disagree with [differ from/differ with]
discreet
noun form is "discretion"; means "tactful"
discrete
means "separate and distinct"
disinterested
means "impartial"
uninterested
means "bored" or "lacking interest"
complimentary
can mean "free"