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09/28/2015

Vocab Help: Words Commonly Mistaken

These words can be confusing, but we offer some mnemonic suggestions to help you tell them apart and use them correctly.

Dual vs Duel

"Dual" means two of something, having two parts. A "duel" is a fight between two people. "Duel" has an "e" because it involves two "enemies."

Eminent vs Immanent vs Imminent

"Eminent" is famous or well-respected. "Immanent" means inherent or intrinsic. "Imminent" means about to take place. Eminem is an eminent rapper. Manes are "immanent" to lions.

Advice vs Advise

"Advice" is a noun meaning guidance. "Advise" is a verb meaning to suggest or recommend. Remember that the "c" is pronounced like an "s" and the "s" is pronounced as a "z". When you are confused, say the word to determine which you should use.

Who's vs Whose

"Who's" is a contraction of "who is" or "who has". "Whose" is the possessive case of "who". Contractions have apostrophes, so remember that "who's" stands for two words.

Accept vs Except

"Accept" means to agree to something. "Except" is a preposition meaning things that were not included. Remember that "except" "ex-es" out things.

Overdo vs Overdue

To "overdo" is to do something excessively. "Overdue" means something that is late.

Beside vs Besides

"Beside" means next to. "Besides" means except. When someone says, "besides the point," what they actually mean is "beside the point," because the statement has missed the mark.

Complement vs Compliment

"Complement" can be a noun or a verb referring to an element that adds to or enhances something. A "compliment" is something nice said about someone. The "e" in complement is because it is "completing" something. And "i" like compliments as much as the next person.

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