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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

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

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....


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

Inquiry vs. EnquiryWords spelled similarly are quite common in the English vocabulary. But those that are diffe...

insatiable - vocabulary

Incapable 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

Incapable 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

Intended 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. ...

Insight vs. Incite vs. Invite

Incite (verb) ...

insipid - vocabulary

Lacking interesting, stimulating, or distinctive qualities, as in an insipid, boring speaker; without a sufficient taste to be pleasing, as in an insipid meal. Kitty, to her ...

Insist vs. Persist

Insist To insist is to demand something forcefully or urge someone to do something. It can be used in positive as well as ne...

insistent - correct spelling

insistent - adjective
Example: His insistent cry attracted the attention of a passerby....

Install vs. Instill

The spellings of “install” and “instill” are so similar, distinct due to one letter only, that mistaking them can actually be not mandatory, but simply a typing error that you didn’t even observe. They sound quite differently, so confusing them mainl...

instead - correct spelling

instead - adverb
Example: We ordered tea instead....

instinct - correct spelling

instinct - noun
Example: Through instinct, the birds migrated south for the winter....

Instrumental Compounds

Among many other complex English grammar terms and elements, one is instrumental words or com...

insurance - correct spelling

insurance - noun and adjective’s section on Problem Words discusses the verb forms insure, ensure, and assure....

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