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Dec
5

imply vs. infer

imply vs infer

“Imply” and “infer” have a relationship that is similar to the one between “talk” and “listen.”  “Imply” corresponds more closely to the talking side of the relationship, and “infer” corresponds more closely to the listening side.  This is because “imply” is a sending…

Nov
15

About the Wordsmyth “Word Combinations” Feature

The Word Combinations feature in Wordsmyth dictionaries displays words that are frequently used in combination with a particular headword. If you looked up “negotiate,” for example, you would be presented with words such as “accord,” “agreement,” “cease-fire,” “compromise,” “contract,” “deal,” “treaty,” and “truce.”…

Nov
7

damp vs. moist

“Damp” and “moist” are words with similar meaning.  They both describe things that contain a small amount of moisture—not so much moisture as to say something is “wet,” but nonetheless an amount that is tangible, an amount that we can physically feel.  Although…

Oct
17

In addition…, moreover…, and furthermore…!

All three of these conjunctive adverbs are used to indicate that you have something more to say than what you’ve just said.  They are a little like traffic signs that say “Wait!  I’m not done yet!  I’ve got something more to say on…

Jul
10

Grammar and Usage: “historical” vs. “historic”

“Historical” and “historic” are obviously related. Both pertain to history or the potential to be remembered in history. However, they rarely overlap in usage.  edit