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Forum: Misused Words

Words that people use incorrectly; common mistakes.

  1. Can I Have? / Can I Get?

    Hi, I'm new to this forum and I've joined to try and improve my writing skills. I'd like to kick off by commenting on the very widespread mix up...

    Started by Tim, 06-07-2010 08:31 PM
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    07-03-2010 11:47 PM Go to last post
  2. Experience or Experiences

    Which is correct: experience or experiences. Example: (1) My experience in teaching has been extensive. (2) My experiences in teaching have been...

    Started by Rosenotes, 06-24-2010 04:15 PM
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    06-24-2010 04:15 PM Go to last post
  3. Lightbulb SEPARATE and SEPERATE

    Two words that I find people frequently mix up are separate and seperate. Here's the thing: "seperate" is not actually a word. If you try to look...

    Started by ellanovella, 04-02-2009 07:58 PM
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    04-30-2010 12:52 AM Go to last post
  4. "Tic off" or "Tick off"?

    Which is correct (not in reference to removing an insect)? Thank you!

    Started by onemore4gsus, 04-04-2009 02:44 AM
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    04-29-2010 06:27 PM Go to last post
  5. Red face 'I am afraid , either' vs 'I am afraid,both''

    please help in using the above phrases (if i am gramatically correct) which one should be used where 1. 'I am afraid , either' 2. 'I...

    Started by udit, 03-10-2010 05:00 PM
    either vs both
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    03-11-2010 01:19 PM Go to last post
  6. Practice/practise

    Hello there This one seems to be really causing me some grief! If you can direct me to some good examples of use, that would be fantastic. ...

    Started by vegyplot, 06-10-2008 04:20 PM
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    03-04-2010 12:00 PM Go to last post
  7. Common Errors in English

    I strongly recommend that everyone make themselves familiar with Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage.

    Started by RichardWade, 04-28-2008 11:01 PM
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    03-02-2010 10:37 PM Go to last post
  8. Has or Have

    Our very capable and precise Company Secretary (she is a MENSA member) and I disagree about the correct word in the under mentioned sentence. Please...

    Started by basil, 08-25-2008 12:55 PM
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    12-11-2008 10:57 PM Go to last post
  9. These vs Those

    I have a real problem knowing which word is correct in which context. Is it: Where did all those socks come from? Or Where did all these...

    Started by Silke, 11-19-2008 09:42 AM
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    12-11-2008 10:55 PM Go to last post
  10. Aloud/Out Loud

    I was proof reading a paragraph I wrote and started pondering: Does it matter if I use aloud and out loud interchangeably? Am I suppose to be...

    Started by ohlaladida, 10-24-2008 08:01 PM
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    10-25-2008 11:25 AM Go to last post
  11. I would rather/I would prefer

    plz elobrate for me these thanks

    Started by anosmi, 09-30-2008 06:00 PM
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    10-01-2008 10:06 AM Go to last post
  12. rather...than / rather than / than

    How to use these? "rather...than" "rather than" "than"

    Started by QuillingQuillQuiller, 08-26-2008 04:11 AM
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  13. Charts / Graphs

    Should we say "a bar chart" or "a bar graph"?

    Started by camoesjo, 07-28-2008 05:23 PM
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    07-29-2008 12:14 PM Go to last post
  14. Moved: Verb Use

    Started by Maeve, 07-17-2008 05:11 PM
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    07-17-2008 05:09 PM Go to last post
  15. Troop(s)

    What is the correct usage of the word troop(s)? I see on news websites and on TV broadcasts the usage of troop to mean an individual--"Six Troops...

    Started by tapper, 04-22-2008 01:50 PM
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    07-11-2008 03:43 PM Go to last post
  16. in spite/despite

    Bhuvana asked about the difference between "inspite and despite." In spite is written as two words; despite as one word. As prepositions, both...

    Started by Maeve, 05-25-2008 12:56 AM
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    07-07-2008 09:02 PM Go to last post
  17. The Top 3 Homonym Groups That People Mix Up

    Hi all, I am a long-time reader of DWT, but a new forum member. I am especially enjoying reading these threads about common misspellings and vocab...

    Started by smithereensblog, 06-13-2008 08:25 AM
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    06-26-2008 05:37 PM Go to last post
  18. Smile Today's tip on "Pimp"

    Hi, I was interested to read today's "Daily Writing Tip." I agree that the word "pimp" has very different connotations depending on one's generation....

    Started by PurrfectPeach, 06-24-2008 03:54 PM
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    06-24-2008 04:24 PM Go to last post
  19. Moved: Lie vs. Lay

    Started by Candace, 07-17-2008 05:12 PM
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    06-04-2008 12:03 PM Go to last post
  20. Unhappy Talk and Speak

    When do we use 'Talk' and when do we use 'Speak'? :confused:

    Started by Bhuvana, 04-23-2008 03:53 AM
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    05-25-2008 12:46 AM Go to last post

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