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Working With Words
Terms in this set (10)
compose vs. comprise
The whole is composed of the parts. (to create or put together)
The whole comprises the parts. (to contain)
To make somebody's stomach turn
(Nauseated: how you feel when your stomach turns)
affect vs. effect
Affect: v. to influence or produce a change in. Avoid as a noun, except in psychology to describe an emotion or feeling.
Effect: n., result; v., to cause or accomplish
all, not just most. In Aesop's fable, the lion got the whole thing, not just most of it
their, there, they're
They're putting their stuff there.
It's chasing its tail.
less vs fewer
I'd like less Skittles, please. (Correct or incorrect?)
Less of a whole (less milk, less cereal)
Fewer individual items (fewer cartons, fewer kibbles)
The sentence is incorrect in two ways. 1) It should be "I'd like fewer Skittles, please." 2) Nobody asks for fewer Skittles, you always ask for more.
Which is correct?
I'm often compared to a bird, because we're both messy eaters.
I'm often compared with a bird, because we're both messy eaters.
Compare to: to point out similarities
Compare with: to point out similarities and differences.
Kelly is different from Becky!
The AP Stylebook says never to write "different than." Always use "different than." Others say that such a rule is a superstition. Still, "different from" is preferred.
house vs. home
This classroom is a house of learning, but when you are here, it becomes a home.
(A house can be sold, a home cannot.)
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