Faculty Scholarship

Alphabet Soup: More Confusing Word Pairs

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, Concordia University School of Law


... In the January 2012 [and August 2014] edition[s] 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 [third article on the topic]. Here are more confusing word pairs explained and some tips to help you use the correct word when writing or editing. [excerpt]