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MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS > Aggravating, Irritating > Both, Each, Every > Continual, Continuous > Decided, Decisive > Existing, Extant > First, Second, Secondly > Good, Well > Human, Humane > Identity, Identification > Learn, Teach > Materialize, Appear > Negligence, Neglect > Observation, Observance > Prescribe, Proscribe > Relationship, Relation > Sewage, Sewerage > Transpire, Happen > Union, Unity > Visitant, Visitor > Show ALL


BALANCE, REST, REMAINDER

Balance, meaning "the difference between two sides of an account," is a commercial term, and cannot properly be used for rest or remainder.

Rest is used of persons or things, and of large as well as of small parts.

Remainder is used only of things, and denotes a comparatively small part.

SECOND EXAMPLE:

Balance, Rest, Remainder.— Author Richard Grant White says: "Balance in the sense of rest, remainder, residue, remnant is an abomination." Balance is correctly used to denote the difference between the credit and debit sides of an account; but we should not employ the word as in the following sentences: With a portion (part) of his inheritance he purchased an estate; the balance (rest, remainder) he invested in bonds. The balance (remainder) of the session was wasted in idle debate.


MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS > Aggravating, Irritating > Both, Each, Every > Continual, Continuous > Decided, Decisive > Existing, Extant > First, Second, Secondly > Good, Well > Human, Humane > Identity, Identification > Learn, Teach > Materialize, Appear > Negligence, Neglect > Observation, Observance > Prescribe, Proscribe > Relationship, Relation > Sewage, Sewerage > Transpire, Happen > Union, Unity > Visitant, Visitor > Show ALL




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