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english usage glossary 2
Terms in this set (14)
credible - believable
They gave me a credible excuse.
creditable - praiseworthy
Her competent action was creditable.
credulous - inclined to believe too readily
Credulous listeners will believe anything.
data - is the plural form of the Latin "datum"
formal is singular
As soon as the data was published, it was challenged.
informal is plural
As soon as the data were published, they were challenged.
famous - widely known
The famous actor was known around the world.
notorious - widely but unfavorably know
Al Capone was a notorious gangster.
fewer- how many (modifies plural noun)
I worked fewer hours this week than last.
less- how much (modifies singular noun)
I worked less time this week.
imply- to suggest something indirectly
The Mayor implied that she would run for reelection.
infer- to interpret
I inferred from the Mayor's comments that she would run for reelection.
The plan worked like they thought it would.
The plan worked as they thought it would.
literally- following the letter
I was hopping mad, jumping up and down.
figuratively- not literally
I was hopping mad when I heard the lie. (Not really hopping)
lose- to miss from one's possession
Do not lose my book.
-the opposite of win
Do not lose the game.
loose- not tight
I will tighten the loose bolt.
persecute- to attack or annoyy someone consistently
He persecuted those who opposed him
prosecute- to bring legal action against someone
The district attorney prosecuted the criminal.
We have been studying those phenomena of nature.
We have been studying that phenomenon of nature.
than- used in comparisons
Tyrone is more studious than I am.
then- is an adverb telling when
First I watched TV, then I did my homework.
their- possessieve form of they
The actors made their own costumes
there- at that place
We were there at 2 o'clock.
they're- contraction of they are
They're going with us to the party.
Who was at the game yesterday?
Which ball are we going to play with?
that- ether persons or things
That guy can run fast./That ball is heavy.
of- a preposition
Do not use of in place of HAVE
You could of told me- nonstandard
You could have told me- standard
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