LangUnderstand and Address Errors in Sentence Formation, Grammar, and Usage
Recognize and Correct Errors in the Use of Frequently Confused Words
Many words sound alike but mean different things when put into writing. The next few pages will help you distinguish between some of the more common words that sound alike.
accept: verb meaning to receive or to agree
He accepted their praise graciously.
except: preposition meaning all but, other than
Everyone went to the game except Alyson.
affect: verb meaning to influence
Will lack of sleep affect your game?
effect: noun meaning result or consequence
Will lack of sleep have an effect on your game?
effect: verb meaning to bring about, to accomplish
Our efforts have effected a major change in administration policy.
advise: verb that means to recommend, suggest, or counsel
I advise you to be cautious.
advice: noun that means an opinion or recommendation about what could or should be done
I'd like to ask for your advice on this matter.