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Imply or infer: do you know the difference?
IMPLY or INFER: tips and tricks to remember the difference
IMPLY and INFER are easy to confuse – especially if you’re new to the English language. But these two words are actually opposites.
Here’s a simple tip to remember the difference between IMPLY and INFER.
IMPLY is a verb that means to hint at something.
IMPLYING is done by the speaker. It relates to giving information.
“Are you IMPLYING that I lied?”
INFER is a verb that means to make an educated guess from the information presented to you.
INFERRING is done by the listener. It relates to taking information.
“From what you’ve said, I INFER that it wasn’t the first time this had happened?”
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Imply vs infer: do you know the difference?
Formerly vs formally: top spelling tricks to help you decide
FORMERLY or FORMALLY: which is which? Top spelling tips to remember the difference.
FORMERLY or FORMALLY – they sound the same but their meanings are very different.
So, what do these words mean – and how do you decide which spelling you need? It’s easy.
These simple spelling tips will help you decide whether you need the word FORMERLY or FORMALLY.
FORMERLY means something that happened before, or in the past. The clue is in the root of the word: FORMER.
“I changed my name when I got married. I was FORMERLY known as Sarah Saunders.”
FORMALLY means in accordance with etiquette or convention. It’s easy to remember when you know it starts with FORMAL.
“These days, I’m FORMALLY known as Ms Townsend.”
I hope this helps you to remember the difference between FORMERLY and FORMALLY.
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Stationery vs stationary: simple tips to remember the difference
STATIONERY vs STATIONARY: which is which? Tips and tricks to remember the difference
STATIONERY and STATIONARY are commonly confused – and often by people who really should know better. I’ve seen graphic designers and printers offering ‘eye-catching STATIONARY’ more times than I care to remember – most recently in a glossy brochure promoting the services of a Gloucester-based design agency.
It makes me cringe – and I’m not the only one. So, here’s a simple tip to help you remember the correct spelling every time.
STATIONERY is a noun that means the tools used in offices, or for writing – paper and pens, in a nutshell.
You can remember E for Envelopes, or ER in papER.
“I used to love going back to school after the long summer holidays. It was always a good excuse to buy new STATIONERY.”
STATIONARY is an adjective used to describe something that’s still, or not moving.
Remember the AR in pARked cAR.
“Sorry I’m late – I was stuck in STATIONARY traffic.”
“Sorry I’m late – I was stuck in STATIONERY traffic” makes no sense. Unless it was a queue of Office World vans.
I hope this simple tip helps you remember the difference between STATIONERY and STATIONARY.