exasperate vs exacerbate

ComputerManArrowsandQuestionsBoth of these words are rather difficult to pronounce, and they mean different things.

* exasperate is often used as an adjective “exasperated” as well as a verb “exasperate”, where it means to “irritate”. If someone is exasperated, they are irritated by someone or something.

* exacerbate is a verb that means to make a situation worse.

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Daily Blog Post: though, thought, through

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Oh, our dear beloved English language! Isn’t it fun? The words though, thought, and through are often misspelled and mispronounced. The best recommendation we can give you for these three words is to take care when you write them and when you speak them. The second best recommendation we can offer is not to confuse “through” with “threw”!

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Daily Grammar Tip: coronate or crown

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People use “coronate” as a verb by mistaking it as related to coronation, however, “coronate” is actually not a real word. Instead “crown” can be used as a noun for the actual headpiece, and as a verb meaning to anoint someone with special significance.

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AM / PM

20130728-194957.jpg“AM” stands for Ante Meridiem, it’s a Latin phrase that means “before noon,” and “PM” Post Meridiem means “after noon.” You should avoid the expression “12:00 PM” to designate noon,  not only because it is incorrect, but because it can be confused with midnight . The same goes for “12:00 AM.” The correct will be “twelve noon” when you want to designate a precise time.

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These are them / These are they

Most people won’t complain about either one, but if you want to stay on the good side of the grammar, you should use “these are they.” This is because the pronoun after the verb should be in the same grammatical form as the subject. “They” is the subject pronoun, while “them” is an object pronoun, so you should opt for “these are they” instead of “these are them”.

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Nonplussed

“Nonplussed” is an adjective and applies when a person is  very confused about a situation and is unsure how to react. It does not mean that a person is calm or in control.

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advocate for/advocate

“Advocate” is a verb and it is also a noun. For example, if used as a noun, you can be an advocate of civil rights. If used as verb, you advocate (or not)  something/somebody. Example:

Noun: I am an advocate for factory workers.

Verb: I do not advocate the use of arms.

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Error / Err

“Err” is a verb, it means: “To make an error or a mistake”, therefore, we should use “Err” when we commit an “Error”.  The correct expression is “to err is human.”

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Islams / Muslims

Islam is a religion and Muslims their followers. Therefore, the followers of Islam are called Muslims, not Islams.

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Prophecy / Prophesy

There is a slight difference between these two words. “Prophecy,” is a noun, a prediction. Meanwhile the verb “to prophesy”  means predicting something. When a prophet prophesies he or she utters prophecies.

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Alright / All right

Is it “all right” as two words or “alright” as one word? The word “alright” is a misspelling of “all right”, so you might want to use the correct two word phrase “all right” to indicate acceptace or accuracy.

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Point being is that / The point being is that

Probably, you have said something like “The point being is that” or you have probably heard somebody else saying it. This is redundant; it’s the mix of these two phrases,  “the point is that” and “the point being that.” Just say one of them.

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