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Infinitives Showing Tense and Voice

Elsewhere I’ve stated that the conjugated verb shows four things: tense, person, number, and mood. I’ve also stated that verbal phrases like the infinitive phrase do not show tense. Well, that’s true for what’s called the simple infinitive: ...

inflammable, noninflammable, flammable

The words flammable and inflammable mean the same thing. But the prefix in- misleads many people. They assume that inflammable means “not...

Inflict vs. Afflict

If someone stabs you with a knife, did they afflict you with a wound, or inflict a wound on you? On the othe...

influence - correct spelling

influence - noun and verb  Example: The minister exerted undue influence on the parishioner to make her change her will. ...

influential - correct spelling

influential - adjective  Example: She is an influential lawmaker in the state legislature....

information - correct spelling

information - noun  Example: The attachment to the email provided the information we needed....

infuse - vocabulary

verbTo instill, introduce, or inculcate principles or qualities, as if by pouring, as in The teacher infused new life into the classroom; to inspire or imbue (usually followed by with), as in ...

ingenious - correct spelling

ingenious - adjective  Not ingenius. Not ingenuous.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses ingenuous...

ingenuous - correct spelling

ingenuous - adjective  Not ingenious.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses ingenuous and ingenious...

ingenuous, disingenuous - vocabulary

adjectiveIngenuous: candid, frank, or open in character or quality; characterized by an inability to mask feelings, not devious.Disingenuous: the dis-...

ingenuous, ingenious

These two words, which sound so alike, are actually nearly opposites. Ingenuous means “to be artless, simple, innocent; lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness.” It also means “openly straightforward or frank; candid.”...

ingratiate - vocabulary

verbTo win confidence or good graces for oneself, especially through deliberate effort. “Yes, this is a monument he is setting up here,” said Anna, turning to Dolly with that sly smile of comprehension with...

inimical - vocabulary

adjectiveAdverse in effect or tendency, harmful, unfavorable; unfriendly, hostile. In other words, Mr. Dimmesdale, whose sensibility of nerve often produced the effect of spiritual intuition, would bec...

initialism, acronym

An acronym is a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.An initialism, on the other hand, is simply a ...

initiate - correct spelling

initiate - verb and noun  Example: She plans to initiate the new procedure this afternoon. verb...

innocence - correct spelling

innocence - noun  Example: Before the judge imposed the sentence, the convicted felon continued to maintain his innocence....

inoculate - correct spelling

inoculate - verb  Not innoculate.Example: The doctor wanted to inoculate the poor children in the village....

input

Many people use this trendy word to mean “participation in or contribution to an endeavor or project.” In short, they want to provide input. Careful writers, however, avoid this jargon word and restrict their use of ...

inquiry - correct spelling

inquiry - noun  Example: The panel’s official inquiry will uncover the truth....

Inquiry vs. Enquiry

There are so many words in English that are either so similar to each other in spelling and pronunciation or...

insatiable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being satisfied or appeased, as in an insatiable thirst for fine wine. Sonia said this as though in despair, wringing her hands in excitement and distress. Her pale cheek...

inscrutable - vocabulary

adjectiveIncapable of being analyzed, investigated, or scrutinized; impenetrable, not easily understood; unfathomable; mysterious, as in an inscrutable smile; incapable of being seen through, as in the in...

insidious - vocabulary

adjectiveIntended to beguile or entrap, as in an insidious plot; stealthily deceitful or treacherous, as in an insidious foe; proceeding in a seemingly harmless way but actually with dangerous effect...

insidious, invidious

Insidious is used to describe something that is subtly harmful or cunningly treacherous. Something is insidious if it lies in wait, seeks to entrap, or operates secretly or subtly so as not to arous...

Insight vs. Incite

Homophones are words that share the same pronunciation but differ in spelling and meaning, such as to, too, two; and so, sew, and sow. ...

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