Common Word Errors
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- Accept means "receive":
- Except means "to leave out" or "exclude":
- "He graded everyone's assignment except mine."
- "The recommendation excepted several crucial steps."
- Affect as a verb means "to have an influence on":
- "The weather affected our decision."
- Effect is generally a noun meaning "result":
- "I wondered what the effect would be."
- Effect can also be used as a verb meaning "to make happen" or "to bring about":
- We will effect a change in the public's perception of our company."
- Then indicates time, order: First I will order the pizza, and then I will go to pick it up.
- Than is used for making comparisons: He is taller than I am.
There, They're, Their
- There indicates a location (Put it over there) or is used to introduce a sentence in which the verb comes before the subject: There is no hope.
- Their is a possessive form of they: The men worked on their cars on weekends.
- Theyï¿½re is a contraction for they are: Ask them if they're going to the game.
Too, to, two
- too means also, in addition, or to an excessive extent : I want to go too; I am too tired for a party today.
- to is a preposition (to the river) or part of an infinitive (to play): I want to go to the river; I wanted to play all day long.
- two means the number 2: Would you like one cookie or two?
- I want to know whether you will be on time.
- What is the weather report for the day?