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English Unit 10: Usage Glossary
Clarification on which forms of words to use - ex. affect and effect.
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Use 'a' in front of words that begin with a consonant or a 'yew' sound.
Use 'an' in front of words that begin with any other vowel sound.
'A lot' should be avoided completely.
'Alot' should be in two words.
'A while' is made up of an article and a noun. If it can not be replaced with an adverb such as 'quickly', it is the two words.
'Awhile' is an adverb. If it could be replaced with an adverb such as 'quickly', it is the one word.
'Accept' is a verb meaning "to receive" or "to agree to."
'Except' can be a verb, though it is often used as a preposition meaning "but."
'Affect' is a verb meaning "to influence."
'Effect' can be a noun meaning "result" or a verb meaning "to accomplish."
Use 'amount' when referring to nouns that cannot be counted.
Use 'number' when when referring to nouns that can be counted.
'Bad' is an adjective.
'Badly' is an adjective
Being As, Being That
These expressions should not be used in writing. Replace with 'because' or 'since'.
'Beside' means 'at the side of.'
'Besides' means 'in addition to.'
Use 'between' to compare one person or thing with another.
Use 'among' to show a relationship in which one or more than two persons or things are considered as a group.
'Borrow' is a verb meaning 'to take something for a limited time.'
'Lend' means 'to give for temporary use.'
'Lend' is a noun.
'Bring' means 'to carry from a distant place to a closer one.'
'Take' means to carry from from a nearby place to a more distant one.
Use 'can' to indicate the ability to do something.
Use 'may' to to indicate permission to do something.
'Can't hardly' is a double negative. Avoid using.
'Can't Scarcely' is a double negative. Avoid using.
Could Of, Might Of, Should Of, Would Of
The preposition 'of' is incorrect here. Use 'have' instead.
The expression 'different from' is preferred.
'Doesn't' is used with he, she, it and all singular nouns.
'Don't' is used with I, you, we, they, and all plural nouns.
'Emigrate' means 'to go from one country to another to live.'
'Immigrate' means 'to come from a country to live.'
Use 'farther' to refer to a physical distance.
Use further to refer to degree or time.
Use 'fewer' to refer to nouns that can be counted.
Use 'less' to refer to nouns that cannot be counted.
'Good' is an adjective.
'Well' is an adverb.
'Of' should not be used between 'had' and a past participle.
Use 'hanged' when referring to death by hanging.
Use 'hung' in all other instances.
Use 'in' to mean 'inside'.
Use 'into' to indicate movement from outside to a point inside.
'Irregardless' is a double negative and should not be used.
'Regardless' is the only correct usage.
Use 'this' and 'that' for singular words.
Use 'these' and 'those' with plural words.
'Lay' means 'to put' or 'to place.'
'Lie' means 'to recline' or 'to be positioned.'
'Learn' means 'to receive knowledge'.
'Teach' means 'to give knowledge.'
'Leave' means 'to go away.'
'Let' means 'to permit.'
'Like' is a preposition and introduces a prepositional phrase.
'As' is often a subordinating conjunction and introduces a subordinate clause.
'Loose' means 'free' or 'not fitting tightly.'
'Lose' means 'to have no longer' or 'to fail to win.'
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