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  • AMONG, BETWEEN - "Among is the proper word when the reference is to more than two persons or things, or groups of persons or things; between, when the reference is to two only."
  • ANTAGONIZE, OPPOSE - To antagonize means properly "to struggle against," "to oppose actively," or "to counteract."
  • APPARENTLY, EVIDENTLY, MANIFESTLY - "Apparently is properly used of that which seems, but may not be, real; evidently, of that which both seems and is real." Manifestly is stronger than evidently.
  • APT, LIKELY, LIABLE - Apt implies a natural predisposition, an habitual tendency. "Likely implies a probability of whatever character; liable, an unpleasant probability." One is apt to speak quickly, likely to hear good news, liable to be hurt.
  • ARGUE, AUGUR - To argue is "to bring forward reasons;" to augur is "to foretell," "to forebode."
  • ARGUMENT, PLEA - Plea (in the legal sense) is properly used of the pleadings or the arraignment before a trial, not of the argument at a trial. A plea is always addressed to the court
  • ARISE, RISE - "The choice between these words was primarily, and still often is, a matter of rhythm euphony. The literal meanings, however, or those which seem literal, have become more associated with rise...
  • AT, IN - Before names of places to denote "where," at is used when the place is so small as to be treated as a mere point, or when, although large, it is viewed as a mere point; in is used when it is desired to make prominent the idea "within the bounds of:"
  • AVOCATION, VOCATION - Vocation means 'calling' or 'profession'; avocation, 'something aside from one's regular calling, a by-work
  • AVOCATION, VOCATION - Vocation means 'calling' or 'profession'; avocation, 'something aside from one's regular calling, a by-work
  • BACK OF - Back of, though frequently heard in conversation and sometimes seen in print, is not in good use.
  • 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.
  • BESIDE, BESIDES - Beside means "by the side of;" besides is now used only in the sense of "in addition to," "other than:" as, "Who sits beside you?" "Who besides us knows this?"
  • BOTH, EACH, EVERY - Both, meaning "the two, and not merely one of them," groups objects, as, "Both were men of hot temper."

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