Here are some commonly confused words and tips to remember how to distinguish them.
Accept vs Except
"Accept" means to agree to something. "Except" is a preposition meaning things that were not included. Remember that "except" "ex-es" out things.
Adverse vs Averse
"Adverse" is unfavorable while "averse" means seeking to avoid. They are similar in meaning, but not the same. Remember that D is averse to adverse situations.
Capital vs Capitol
A "capitol" is a government building where the legislature meets. A "capital" is a city that serves as the seat of government. The capitol is in the capital, and remember that the "o" means it's a building.
Complement vs Compliment
"Complement" can be a noun or a verb referring to an element that adds to or enhances something. A "compliment" is something nice said about someone. The "e" in complement is because it is "completing" something. And "i" like compliments as much as the next person.
Reign vs Rein vs Rain
To "reign" is to be in power, or a period of power. "Rein" comes from a strap to control horses and means to control or guide. "Rain" drops from the sky and gets you wet. The "g" in "reign" stands for government and the "a" is in "rain" because, "A, I'm getting all wet!"
"Data" comes from Latin and means "bits of information." The "bits" part of the definition means that it is plural. "These data are intriguing," may sound odd, but it is correct. If you are referring to one piece of information, the singular form is "datum."
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