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  • LIKE, LOVE - Like and love differ greatly in strength or warmth, and may differ in kind. Like may be feeble and cool, and it never has the intensity of love. We may like or even love a person; we only like the most palatable kind of food.
  • LIMIT, LIMITATION - Limit, in the sense of "bound," is preferable to limitation, since limitation also means "the act of limiting," or a "restriction."
  • LOAN, LEND - The use of loan as a verb is not sanctioned by good use. Properly the word is a noun. A loan is money which a person lends.
  • LOCATE, FIND - Locate properly means "to place in a particular position," or "to designate the site of," as of a new building or purchased lands; it does not mean to find.
  • LOT, NUMBER - Lot denotes "a distinct part or parcel": as, "The auctioneer sold the goods in ten lots." The word does not mean "a great number"; therefore it is improperly used in the sentences: "He has lots of money," and "I know a lot of people in New York."
  • MAD, ANGRY - Mad means "insane;" in the sense of "angry" it is not in good use.
  • MAGNIFICIENT - Grand properly implies "grandeur;" gorgeous, "splendid colors;" awful, "awe;" elegant, "elegance;" splendid, "splendor;" lovely, "surpassing loveliness;" magnificent, "magnificence."
  • MAJORITY, PLURALITY - A majority is more than half the whole number; a plurality is the excess of votes given for one candidate over those given for another, and is not necessarily a majority when there are more than two candidates
  • MANY, MUCH - Many refers to number, much to quantity.
  • MATERIALIZE, APPEAR - To materialize properly means "to make or to become physically perceptible;" as, "by means of letters we materialize our ideas and make them as lasting as ink and paper;" "the ideas of the sculptor materialize in marble."
  • MISUSED CONJUNCTIONS - Conjunctions are few in number and are more definite in their meanings than prepositions. Most errors in using them spring from confused thinking or hasty writing. "A close reasoner and a good writer in general may be known by his pertinent use of connectives."
  • MOST, ALMOST - Most denotes "the greatest number, quantity, or degree." It is always superlative and never means "nearly," which is the proper meaning of almost. We say, "Most of the boys are here; the time has almost come."
  • NEAR, NEARLY - Near is an adjective; the corresponding adverb is nearly.
  • NEGLIGENCE, NEGLECT - "Negligence is used of a habit or trait; neglect, of an act or succession of acts."
  • NEW, NOVEL - That is new which is not old; that is novel which is both new and strange.

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