Robert Frost

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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 [em-dee])

adapt, adopt, adept

Examples: Read the sentence and mentally substitute modify, take over/take on, or skillful. If you can substitute modify, use the word adapt. (We need to m odify/ adapt the rules.) If you can substitute take over or take on, use adopt. (We need to tak e on/ adopt a new policy in the unit.) If you can substitute skillful, use adept. (Sara is sk illful/ adept at handling problems.)

adverse, averse

Examples:

Adverse means opposing or contrary. (Curfews had an adverse effect on
crime; the crime rate went up.)

Averse means unwilling or reluctant. (Julie will never be promoted; she is averse to working late.)

affect, effect

Examples:

Affect is usually used as a verb; effect is a noun. Read the sentence and mentally substitute the word influence or result. If the word influence fits in the sentence, use affect. (Wearing seatbelts can influence/ affect your chances of surviving
an accident.) If result sounds better, use effect. (The result/ effect of wearing seatbelts is survival.)

aggravate, annoy, irritate

Examples:

Aggravate means to make something worse. (Scratching a…...