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?”