“Incredulous” (adj.) indicates disbelief or scepticism.
I was incredulous when told that people still believed that the world was flat.
“Incredible” (adj.) means not believable, too extraordinary to be possible.
The magician performed incredible feats of card wizardry.
Can you find both errors below?
“There is not many people that I would allow to do that to me.”
“There are not many people whom I would allow to do that to me.”
“People” is a plural noun and needs the plural verb “are”.
One cannot refer to people as “that”; a personal pronoun, “whom”, must be used when referring to people. It must be “whom” because it is objective case.
“Altogether” (adv.) means completely or entirely.
She was altogether overwhelmed by the applause for her performance.
“All together” is a phrase meaning “in a group”.
The White Sox fans were all together in their booing of the Tiger player hitting a home run.
“Predominant” is an adjective meaning prevailing, having dominance or influence.
The predominant colour in Poe’s story was blood red.
“Predominate” is a verb meaning to be the stronger element or to exert control.
I will be tested but I will eventually predominate.
WORDS I LIKE
“Paucity” (n.) means scantiness, fewness or smallness of quantity.
There was a paucity of common sense in the bigot’s ranting.
“Recidivism” (n.) means a repeated or habitual relapse into crime or antisocial behaviour.
Recidivism accounts for a good percentage of the prisoners in penitentiaries.
“Pejorative” (adj.) means depreciative, having a disparaging force or to make worse.
Rush Limbaugh utters nothing but pejorative comments about democrats.
“Ephemeral” (adj.) means short-lived, transitory or lasting but a short time.
Paris Hilton’s fame is as ephemeral as her beauty.
PHRASES I LOATHE
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