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Grammar and Usage: “connote” vs. “denote”

Grammar and Usage: denote vs. connote The word “denote” refers to what a word literally means. For example, the word “beach” denotes an area next to a large body of water, no more and no less.  A beach can be a cold, rocky,…


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,”…


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…