Robert Frost Essay

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Definition of CONFUSED WORDS FOLLOWING, IN THE RULES SECTION, ARE SOME COMMONLY CONFUSED OR MISUSED WORDS AND SOME SIMPLE RULES TO HELP YOU USE EACH WORD CORRECTLY. CONFUSED WORDS starting with A

a, an

Examples: Use a before a word that begins with a consonant (a party) or a consonant sound (a one o’clock meeting—“w” sound) a long u sound (a union) or a pronounced h (a history class) Use an before a word that begins with a silent h (an hour) or a vowel or vowel sound other than a long u (an usher) Use of a or an before an abbreviation depends upon how the abbreviation is pronounced (a M .A.D.D. m em ber —pronounced as one word, with an initial consonant sound, m ) or (an M .D.—read as two separate letters, with an initial vowel sound
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(The flies in the summertime really annoy me.) Irritate means to arouse impatience or anger. (I was irritated that he kept whispering during the presentation.) In terms of degree, annoy is the mildest word, irritate is a bit stronger, and aggravate is the strongest word.

all ready, already

Examples:

All ready means everyone or everything is prepared. (We are all ready to go to the beach.)

Already means before now or by this time. (We already had dinner.)

all together, altogether

Examples:

All together means all of us are assembled in a group. (The group was all together in the conference room.) Altogether means completely. (The group was altogether wrong about its investment choices.)

a lot, alot, allot, lots

Examples:

A lot and lots are informal. In business or academic writing, use many or much. (I have submitted m any reports to my manager.) Alot is a misspelling. Allot means to distribute something or to divide it into portions. (The judge will allot each of us a fair share of the proceeds.)

allude, elude

Examples:

Allude means to mention or refer. (Whenever he spoke to the boss, Henry seemed to allude to a possible promotion.) Elude means to evade or escape. (The boss, however, tried to elude Henry by slipping into the elevator.)

allusion, delusion, illusion

Examples: An allusion is a mention or indirect reference to something. (Clare made an allusion to the play she was directing.) A delusion is a false belief or

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