Get It Straight

Dignan, Jennifer
March 2005
Literary Cavalcade;Mar2005, Vol. 57 Issue 6, p22
The article presents information on understanding sentence structure correctly. "Excepted" and "accepted" are among (not between) the most commonly confused words in the English language — words that either sounds alike, have similar meanings, or sound alike and have similar meanings. Some of such words are: "Imply and Infer;" "Elicit and Illicit," "Allusion and Illusion;" "Accept and Expect;" "Ambiguous and Ambivalent;" etc. The question's ambiguous wording confused many students. Ambivalent means having conflicting feelings or attitudes; indecisiveness as to which course to follow.


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