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Confusing Words: Words A (1)  

2012-10-16 01:52:49|  分类: Confusing Words |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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1. Accessary or Accessory
ACCESSARY: use to refer to someone associated with a crime and
ACCESSORY to refer to something that is added (a fashion accessory or car accessories).
However, the distinction has now become blurred and it is perfectly acceptable to use one spelling to cover
both meanings. Of the two, accessory is the more widely used, but both are correct.

2. Adapter or Adaptor
Traditional usage would distinguish between these two words and reserve -er for the person (an adapter of novels,
for instance) and -or for the piece of electrical equipment. However, the distinction has become very blurred and
the two spellings are considered by many authorities to be interchangeable. Use either for both meanings but be consistent
within a single piece of writing.

3. Adverse or Averse
These two words have different meanings.
The ferries were cancelled owing to ADVERSE weather conditions (= unfavourable)
She is not AVERSE to publicity (= opposed)

4. Advice or Advise
My ADVICE is to forget all about it (noun = recommendation)
What would you ADVISE
* adviser or advisor: Adviser is the traditionally correct British spelling. Advisor is more common in American English.

5. Affect or Effect
Heavy drinking will AFFECT your liver (verb)
The EFFECT on her health was immediate. (noun)
The new manager plans to EFFECT sweeping changes. (verb = to bring about)
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