Wrong Word

What does it mean to use the wrong word? Learn how to identify word-level errors in your writing and the writing of others.

What Does it Mean to Use the Wrong Word?

English is a tricky language. Words can be easily confused for similar sounding words (homonyms). When in doubt, research the word you are using to make sure that it means what you think it means. 

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Examples

Accede—verb—to agree or consent 
Ex. I accede to your request for help. 

Exceed—verb—to go over an expected limit 
Ex. If you exceed the speed limit, you may get a speeding ticket. 

Accept—verb—to receive 
Ex. I would like to accept this award recognizing my community service. 

Except—preposition—not including, but Ex. Everyone was invited to the party except me. 

Advise—verb—to counsel or give advice 
Ex. I advise you to choose a career that you will enjoy. 

Advice—noun—a suggestion or opinion 
Ex. His advice was appreciated for being both wise and useful. 

Affect—verb—to influence 
Ex. The long dark winter affects her mood, leading to seasonal depression. 

Effect—noun—the result 
Ex. The effect of her strict exercise routine was visible, and she gladly bought new clothes in a smaller size. 

Adverse—adjective—unfavorable, harmful 
Ex. The medication had an adverse effect, making it difficult to concentrate. 

Averse—adjective—unwilling or hostile 
Ex. His averse attitude towards the proposal became evident when he voted against it in the session. 

All ready—phrase—two words meaning that everyone in the group is ready.

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