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  • HUMAN, HUMANE - Human denotes what pertains to man as man; as, "human nature," "human sacrifices." Humane means "compassionate."
  • IDENTITY, IDENTIFICATION - Identity is "the state of being the same." Identification denotes "the act of determining what a given thing, or who a given person, is."
  • IMPORT, IMPORTANCE - Import, in the sense of "meaning," must be distinguished from importance, "the quality of being important."
  • IMPUGN, IMPUTE - To impugn means "to call in question;" to impute means "to ascribe to."
  • IN, INTO - "In implies presence inside of, or within; into implies movement to the inside of. Before a man can move in a room, he must already have moved into it."
  • IN, ON - Before names of streets, in implies some reference to surroundings; on is less definite, indicating location only.
  • IN, ON - Before names of streets, in implies some reference to surroundings; on is less definite, indicating location only.
  • INQUIRE, INVESTIGATE - To inquire is "to ask for information;" to investigate is "to make a thorough examination."
  • INSURE, SECURE - Secure, in the sense of "to guard from danger," "to make safe," is preferable to insure, since insure also means "to guarantee indemnity for future loss or damage."
  • INVENTION, DISCOVERY - We invent something new, contrived or produced for the first time. We discover what existed before, but remained unknown.
  • LATEST, LAST - Latest, like the word "late," contains a distinct reference to time; that is latest which comes after all others in time: as, "The latest news;"
  • LEARN, TEACH - Learn means to "acquire" knowledge, not to "impart" it. In the latter sense the proper word is teach.
  • LENGTHY, LONG - Lengthy is said to have originated in the United States, but the earliest quotations found are from British authors. In the introduction to the second series of The Biglow Papers, Mr. Lowell wrote: "We have given back to England the excellent adjective lengthy ...
  • LET, LEAVE - Let means "to permit;" leave, "to let remain," or "to go away from."
  • LIKE, AS - In good use like is never a conjunction, and therefore it cannot be used instead of as to introduce a clause. It is incorrect to say, "Walk like I walk," but one may say, "He walks like me," or "He looks like his grandfather."

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