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List of Adverbs

abnormally absentmindedly accidentally actually adventurously afterwards almost always annually anxiously arrogantly awkwardly bashfully beautifully bitterly bleakly blindly blissfully boastfully boldly bravely briefly brightl...

added by acronimous
18 days ago

Most Common British/American English Spelling Mistakes

While both countries speak the same language, no one can deny that there are quite a few differences in the way that some words are spelled. In many cases, people often confuse the spelling of many words and they can’t tell which is correct and...

added by Ashley_Wheeler
1 month ago

On Board vs. Onboard

When you are safely aboard a vessel, like a cruise ship, are you onboard or on board? What about when you agree with someone’s inspiring plan to save the world? Are you onboard or on board? Actually, the answer to both of those questions is the sam...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Oneself vs. One’s Self

Pronouns are complicated, but, for as complicated as they are, the English language doesn’t even have a full set. While we have a few third-person singular pronouns, like he and she, we don’t have one that doesn’t specify gender. Technically, w...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

On Accident vs. By Accident

Adverbs are useful, but too many of them can clutter up your writing and make it a chore to read. Sometimes, adverb phrases can fill the same function in a more eloquent manner. On accident and by accident are adverb phrases that mean the same thing ...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Online vs. On-Line

In today’s connected culture, few words are as relevant to daily life as online. A connection to the Internet has become one of the easiest ways to do many basic tasks, like shopping, studying, and even finding a job. Like so many words, though, th...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Onto vs. On to

It can be tough sometimes to remember the difference between onto and on to. They look almost the same written on paper, separated by just one little space. Plus, when you say them out loud, they sound almost indistinguishable. But even though you ma...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Translucent vs. Opaque

If you can see through something, is it opaque, translucent, or transparent? Two of these words might fit, depending on how clearly you can see through the object, but the other word is definitely not accurate. All three of these adjectives describe ...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Older vs. Elder

If you were looking for a word to describe someone who is more advanced in age than someone else, what word would you choose? Would you pick elder or older? Is someone older or elder than someone else? Or would you settle on a different word entirely...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Common Dissertation Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Your dissertation sure is important! It can make or break your time at university. The thing is, as you’ve never written anything this long before, writing a text like this can be quite overwhelming and there are a lot of opportunities for new mist...

added by Ashley_Wheeler
2 months ago

Offense vs. Offence

The words offence and offense can be confusing for those not sure of their differences, and not knowing which to use and when can cause a writer to second-guess his or her work, even though there might not be anything wrong with it. Do these words ha...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Octopi vs. Octopuses

English borrows many words from other languages. These words are called “loanwords.” Most are from Latin, French, and the Germanic languages, but some are borrowed from other sources. Octopus is one of these loanwords, which adds to the confusion...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Obtain vs. Attain

Attain and obtain are two different words that are often confused with each other by writers but both have their own distinct meanings.Keeping track of these two words can save you and your writing from looking sloppy, but it can be difficult to reme...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Oftentimes vs. Often Times

Something that happens frequently could also be said to happen often. Could we also say that it happens oftentimes? Both often and oftentimes are adverbs. Oftentimes usually only comes before the verb it modifies, while often can come either before o...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Amount vs. Number

Some nouns can be counted individually. A person could count the crayons in a box, the eggs in a carton, or the people on a train. These are called count nouns. Other nouns can’t be counted individually. A person could not count air, dirt, or happi...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Obligated vs. Obliged

Sometimes verbs have meanings that are very similar, but they different enough to maintain separate usage cases. Obligated and obliged are great examples of this. Both words refer to required actions, but they each have specific contexts that are jus...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Subjective vs. Objective

In today’s climate of widespread, often heated disagreement, the ability to successfully distinguish facts from opinions is more important than ever. Effective arguments include both factual observations and value judgements based on those facts. I...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Non-Profit vs. Not For Profit

Most businesses are run in such a way as to increase revenue so that stakeholders can benefit from the profits. Some, however, use this excess money for other purposes, like charity or to grow the operations itself. There are two terms for such a bus...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Ninety vs. Ninty

Spelling out numbers is no easy task. The good news is that most of the time, there is little reason to do so. Many style guides recommend that numbers greater than ten be represented numerically. Thus, you would want to use 90 instead of the word ni...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Not Surprising vs. Not Surprisingly

One of the so-called rules of poetry is that good poets should avoid adverbs. Most poets scoff at the notion that poetry has any rules at all, although most would agree that it is better to use a strong verb by itself than to use a weak one with an a...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

No Later Than vs. No Later Then

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. English has many homophones, and most of them are confusing. Than and then are two such homophones. Each of these words has been in English for many centuries, and they have confus...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Fiction vs. Non Fiction

We see these words in libraries and bookstores, in magazines and online, but what do fiction and nonfiction really mean? What kinds of writing belong in each of these categories, and why? You are not the first writer to ask these questions, and you w...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

No One vs. Nobody

In recent times, many writers have become concerned with shortcomings in the English language regarding pronouns. The use of the generic masculine pronoun often leads to charges of sexism. While stamping out sexism is a noble cause, it makes life dif...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

No One vs. Noone

Have you ever wondered why some pairs of words are shortened into a single word, but not other pairs? To make matters even more confusing, sometimes the pairs are used differently than in their shortened form (for example, log in and login). It can b...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

Nerve Wracking vs. Nerve Racking

Sometimes, it feels as if we experience stressful situations—or at least worry about them—every day of our lives. Thus, it is no surprise that we have many words to describe things that cause us unease. One of these words, nerve-racking, describe...

added by angbeenc
2 months ago

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