Do you sometimes get a bit confused between similar words – adverse/averse and pandemic/epidemic/endemic and discrete/discreet?
I sometimes have to check – and I’m a word nerd and I teach this stuff!
This resource will help you. I am not associated with this resource in any way – apart from being a big fan and a follower of twitter.
I recommend this entertaining and educational resource when I am training serious business writing – even to experienced business writers.
I like and recommend the resource because it:
1. Reminds us of how many confusing words there are in English that look or sound similar
2 Gives easy-to-remember memory prompts for how to choose the right word.
For example: this common mistake
If you want to remember how to correctly choose between Averse and aDverse – here are memory prompts I use.
Averse – without the D – just think of versus or vs. – one team versus or opposes the other OR one party in a legal action opposes the other.
I am not opposed to this – I am not averse to this.
aDverse – with the D – is when you face something Difficult or harD – aDverse conditions – aDversity (hardship)
I love helping people with simple memory devices. The Yuniversity had plenty of great examples.
I liked this Yuniversity explanation – how to tell the difference between – epidemic, endemic and pandemic.
As the Yuniversity advises: The spread of the problem increases in alphabetical order:
Thanks – now I will remember!
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And here’s how to choose correctly between discrete and discreet:
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