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Are You Using the Correct Words in your Business Writing ~ 2013-1103


  • Accept                       to receive
  • Except                       to exclude; often means ‘but’, ‘other than’ or ‘leave out’


  • Adapt                        adjust to fit the needs
  • Adept                        proficient
  • Adopt                        choose


  • Adherence                 attachment
  • Adherents                  followers


  • Affect                       influence or change
  • Effect                       followers


  • Aid                           help
  • Aide                         an assistant


  • Allusion                    indirect reference
  • Illusion                     unreal vision


  • Alternate                 substitute
  • Alternative               one of several things from which to choose


  • Among                    used to show relationship with two or more people or things
  • Between                 used to compare two people or things


  • Ante-                      prefix meaning ‘before’
  • Anti-                       prefix meaning ‘against’


  • Appraise                  to set a value on
  • Apprise                    to inform


  • Bases                     plural of ‘base’ and of ‘basis’
  • Basis                      foundation


  • Bizarre                    weird
  • Bazaar                    a market


  • Broach                   to introduce
  • Brooch                   a piece of jewelry


  • Lay                        to place
  • Lie                         to recline


  • Liable                     responsible
  • Libel                      defamatory statement


  • Loath                    reluctant
  • Loathe                   hate


  • Moral                    virtuous
  • Morale                   spirit


  • Persecute              to oppress
  • Prosecute              to sue


  • Perspective           a view
  • Prospective           potential


  • Plaintiff                 party suing in a lawsuit
  • Plaintive                mournful


  • Populace              the masses
  • Populous              heavily settled


  • Precede               to go before
  • Proceed               to go forward


  • Rebut                  to argue in opposition
  • Refute                 to prove wrong


  • Respectably         in a way that is worthy of respect
  • Respectfully         in a polite manner
  • Respectively        in an indicated order


  • Simple                clear and easy to understand
  • Simplistic             oversimplified


  • Stationary          staying in one place
  • Stationery          writing paper


  • Than                 a conjunction used to show comparison
  • Then                 at a designated time


  • To                    toward
  • Too                  also, more than enough
  • Two                  the number after ‘one’


  • Uninterested       bored
  • Disinterested      unbiased


  • Veracious          truthful
  • Voracious          greedy


  • Waive              to give up
  • Wave               a gesture


  • Weather           state of the atmosphere
  • Whether           if


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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