Bear these tips in mind to avoid the bear baring his teeth. Don’t know which bear? It’s the one bearing the bared tray.
Much of language is learned through hearing and practice – through conversation. We rely on context to give meaning, but what happens when we’re led astray by what we hear?
Misused words and poor grammar.
No problem – we’ve got the remedy! Discover the true meaning and maintain a keen eye on your articles for this batch of misused words:
e.g. vs. i.e.
e.g. – Latin abbreviation for “exempli gratia,” which means “for example.” Use this abbreviation when providing a list of examples that are not a part of a finite series.
Incorrect: Greg is a huge fan of cyborgs, i.e., the Terminator, Inspector Gadget, and RoboCop.
Correct: Greg is a huge fan of cyborgs, e.g., the Terminator, Inspector Gadget, and RoboCop.
i.e. – Latin abbreviation for “id est,” which means “that is.” Use this in place of “in other words,” when you’re making something more clear, or when providing a finite series.
Incorrect: Standing behind a horse can result in broken ribs, e.g., you’re more likely to get kicked.
Correct: Standing behind a horse can result in broken ribs, i.e., you’re more likely to get kicked.
accept vs. except
accept – to consent to receive; to agree to undertake.
Incorrect: I except your challenge.
Correct: I accept your challenge.
except – not including; other than; to exclude; a conjunction that conveys an exception.
Incorrect: “I can resist everything, accept temptation.” — Oscar Wilde
Correct: “I can resist everything, except temptation.” — Oscar Wilde
advice vs. advise
advice – information; guidance or recommendations typically given by an expert.*
Incorrect: Need advise? We’ve got answers!
Correct: Need advice? We’ve got answers!
*Tip: Advice is a noun that can be singular or plural, like moose.
advise – to offer suggestions; to recommend.
Incorrect: We can advice you on all of your legal needs!
Correct: We can advise you on all of your legal needs!
bear vs. bare
bear – to carry (i.e., physically or mentally); a mammal with thick fur and a short tail (e.g., grizzly bear, and teddy bear).
Incorrect: Bare in mind, you should never trust a bear.
Correct: Bear in mind, you should never trust a bear.
bare – not clothed or covered; to uncover; to expose.
Incorrect: My bear hands turned blue in the cold.
Correct: My bare hands turned blue in the cold.
forth vs. fourth
forth – out from a starting point and forward or into view.
Incorrect: From that day fourth, Gerald never looked at eggplant the same way.
Correct: From that day forth, Gerald never looked at eggplant the same way.
fourth – a quarter; constituting number four in a sequence; 4th.
Incorrect: A forth of the sales can be attributed to cats.
Correct: A fourth of the sales can be attributed to cats.
As always, we are on the hunt for more and more commonly misused words to help you achieve 100% error-free articles. If you have any misused words you’d like to see added to the Top Misused Words series, get them off your chest! Share them in the comments section below.