Which Word Do I Use? A quickie guide to the most confusing word pairs

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David Bowman
David Bowman specializes in writing well. With over 20 years of editing experience, Mr. Bowman has a wealth of strategies and advice to help you communicate in writing, connect with your reader, and reach your goals.

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If you master these words, you will solve most word usage problems. This book does not contain one-sentence definitions. Instead, you get definitions (can't get around that), explanations, guidance on using the words, and examples with discussion. The point is this: You will learn to use these words so you don't have to look them up, and so you can be confident about your writing.

The English language contains many confusing word pairs. Many of our clients at Precise Edit, and writers in general, have difficulty knowing which word to use. I wrote this guide to help explain the most confusing word pairs so that you can choose the right word, communicate accurately, and be confident about your writing.