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infer, imply - vocabulary

verb
Infer: to derive by reasoning, to conclude or judge from evidence or premises.Imply: to suggest or indicate a conclusion without its being explicitly stated; ...

Infinitive - The "to" Verb

Academic tomes might go on for pages defining the meaning of the infinitive form of a verb. I, on the other hand, have developed a definition requiring only a single sentence:The infinitive form of a verb is the one you would ordinari...

infinitive phrase

Every verb has a base infinitive form. We think of the infinitive as the verb with the preposition to in front of it, as in to have, to hold, to love, to honor, to cherish. Infinitive phrases can act as (1) nouns...

infinitive verb

Every verb has a base infinitive form. We think of the infinitive as the verb with the preposition to in front of it: as in to have, to hold, to love, to honor, to cherish. Infinitives appear in t...

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

verb
To 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

adjective
Ingenuous: 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

verb
To 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

adjective
Adverse 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...

Initiate, Instigate & Investigate

Initiate Remember, the word ‘init’ means “s...

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...

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