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Way back in the January 2012 edition of The Advocate I introduced you to my inner grammar noodge by discussing confusing word pairs. Several readers gave me suggestions for pairs that had confused them, and since then I’ve fielded more than a few questions from both students and readers about the difference between certain words.

I recently realized that I had enough material to have a Confusing Word Pairs: Part II. Here are more confusing word pairs explained and some tips to help you use the correct word when writing or editing[--imply/infer, then/than, principal/principle, disinterested/uninterested, if/whether, affect/effect, awhile/a while, and sometime/some time.] [excerpt]