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Unlike math and science, writing has very few absolutes. To that end,
we’re faced with making choices, and many times those choices are word choices.
Since I began teaching technical and business writing in industry years ago,
one lesson never grew old an exercise on when to write the right word. Many
writers confuse complement when they mean compliment, compose when they
mean comprise, or assume when they mean presume. And hundreds of other mistaken
word identities also exist. This Quick reference aims to filter this confusion
of words. Remember, writing is much easier to comprehend when the noise around
it is eliminated.

Though not inclusive of all word pair mistakes, this book speaks to the common
word choices that challenge us daily. This book consists of more than 900
entries and the meanings of more than 2,000 individual words or phrases. Much
of the content is based on word problems I’ve witnessed during my 25 years of
business writing as well as the misuse commonly found in the online and print
If you’re looking for the basic homonyms such as to, too, and two, or here and
hear, you won’t find them here. But you will find the basic pronoun possessives
(their, they’re, there, who’s and whose, and you’re and your) because they
still give us problems. I’ve tried to eliminate obvious synonyms (inedible vs.
uneatable, simultaneous vs. concurrently, rare vs. scarce, etc.) and include
just word pairs where the word distinction is still important yet challenging.

Note that a few entries may seem trivial and others may seem a bit obscure or
obsolete. But overall you’ll find it a good mix of problem words (among vs.
between, flounder vs. founder, blatant vs. flagrant), Also included are a few
notes on phrases that often lead to problem writing (between you and I, one of
the only, and others).

For each entry in this reference, the difference between the words is
explained, and in most cases, a short and simple sentence example showing the
correct usage is provided. The word definitions provided are intended strictly
as guides and not dictionary definitions. They should help you differentiate
between the words. Current dictionaries, popular writing books, and reputable
style guides were among the many’ resources consulted for this book. The word
list is arranged alphabetically according to the first word in the set.
Always think about the words you use. Accuracy in word choice is a key to
effective communication. In your daily writing, try to make sure you apply the
right word for the right meaning. By doing so, its effect can affect your
writing in a positive way.


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Weight 200 g
Dimensions 18.1 × 12.3 × 1.2 cm
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