May
15

Grammar and Usage: “amount” vs. “number”

Difference Paragraphs: amount vs. number “Number” refers to a quantity of individually countable things, such as “cats,” “books,” “ideas,” and “trees.”  It answers the question of “How many?” The word “amount” generally refers to a quantity of some type of thing considered “uncountable,”…

May
10

Grammar and Usage: “adverse” vs. “averse”

The adjectives “adverse and “averse” are often confused.  “Adverse” often describes a thing contrary or opposed to what someone wants or plans (“adverse weather,” “adverse circumstances,”  “adverse consequences,” “adverse ruling”). “Adverse” also means “producing harmful effects,” as in “an adverse reaction to a…

Apr
17

Grammar and Usage: “accomplish” vs. “achieve”

“Accomplish” and “achieve” overlap in meaning.  They both convey the idea of successfully completing something. There is often a certain amount of pride or satisfaction attached to both. The words “aim,” “goal,” “purpose,” and “objective” can be used as objects with both of…

Mar
28

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Mar
20

About This Word: “opioid”

Welcome to About This Word, where Wordsmyth showcases commentary about relevant words in the news and media our users and staff find interesting. Today’s word: “opioid,” written by Wordsmyth science writer Andrea Hazard. edit