There are some grammar rules that seem impossible to remember. Should I use lie or lay? Affect or effect? Who or whom?
Commonly Confused Words in English
- Use among when the person or thing is part of a group.
- Use between when two persons or things are specified.
- He is most well known among the five engineers.
- He is the most well known between the two engineers.
- Use fewer to mean “a smaller number of countable persons or things.”
- Use less to mean “a limited number or amount of collective persons or things.”
- Rodney has fewer pennies in his pocket than I do.
- Lesley has less money in her wallet than she did before lunch.
- Use further to mean “to a greater degree or extent,” and as a transition word.
- Use farther to mean “at a greater distance.”
- We need to research this matter further.
- Further, the first widget worked better than the second.
- We traveled farther than we expected.
- Use infer to mean “to derive a conclusion from facts.”
- Use imply to mean “to express indirectly.”
- He can infer from the data that the experiment failed.
- Her supervisor implied that she may get a raise.
- Use lay to mean “to put or place.”
- Use lie to mean “to recline.”
- Lay the memo on my desk.
- I will lie down to rest at the end of the day.
- Use past to mean “time period before the present.”
- Use passed as the past tense of the verb “pass.”
- Projects from the past showed similar outcomes.
- He passed the building twice before he finally recognized it.
PRECEDE / PROCEED
- Use precede to mean “to go before.”
- Use proceed to mean “to continue doing something.”
- The presentation preceded the discussion on the meeting agenda.
- She proceeded with her work after numerous interruptions.
- Use who when referring to the subject of a clause (the person or thing performing an action).
- Use whom when referring to the object of a clause (the person or thing receiving an action).
- She doesn’t know who needs further training.
- I don’t care whom you decide to invite.
- Use then to express time.
- Use than for comparison.
- The call is tomorrow. We will talk to her then.
- His chair is more comfortable than hers.
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