Words Commonly Misused : A
A & An :
A is used before a word which starts with a consonant sound while AN is used before a word which starts with a vowel sound. (A Cashier & An Indian)
According to & In accordance with :
None of the two gives a direct expression and it is always desirable to write something natural. Thus instead of writing ‘In accordance with your request’ it is better to write: “we have pleasure in sending a detailed folder you requested”.
Accept & Except :
Accept means to receive or to confirm.
Except means to omit.
Acknowledge & Acknowledging :
Instead of writing “we acknowledge with thanks the receipt of your letter” or “while acknowledging our letter of”, it is better to use a simple sentence like “Thank you for your letter of…..”
Affect & Effect :
Affect means to influence.
Effect (verb) means to cause and to institute.
Effect (noun) means a result.
Alright & All Right :
It is always better to use the word ALL RIGHT instead of ALRIGHT.
All together and Altogether :
All together means ‘all things or persons together’ while altogether means ‘completely’.
Among & Between :
Among is always used when the number of the object is three or more.
Between is used only when the number of objects is only two.
Amount & Number :
Amount refers to measurable quantity.
Number refers to countable quantity.
And & Etc. :
AND should never be used with ETC.
Thus ‘table chair, cot, almirah, etc.’ is correct.
Always avoid using the word Anticipating.
Thus ‘anticipating your order and ‘anticipating your reply’ are wrong.
Anyplace, Anywhere, Anywheres :
Always use ANYWHERE in place of anyplace or anywheres.
Appraise, Evaluate & Assess :
Appraise and evaluate mean to ascertain the value or amount of...
Assess means to value for tax purposes.
Approve & Endorse :
Approve means TO SANCTION.
Endorse means HAVE FAVOURABLE OPINION.
Apt, Likely & Liable :
Apt denotes natural tendency.
Likely means probably.
Liable means exposed to disadvantage or danger, responsibility.
As Per :
Use more natural expression.
Thus instead of writing, ‘As per your letter of….’ It is better to write. ‘As you state in you letter’.
At & About :
Always use about.
Thus AT ABOUT 5P.M. is incorrect while ABOUT 5P.M is correct.
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