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07/16/2015
Here is a list of commonly confused words with tips for how to tell them apart.

Ascent vs Assent

"Ascent" comes from the verb "ascend" and means to climb. "Assent" means agreement. To tell them apart, remember that when you climb a mountain, you get a "scent" of fresh air.

Elicit vs Illicit

"Elicit" means to draw out, as in to elicit a response from someone. "Illicit" means illegal. "Illicit" starts with "ill" to remind you that it is illegal.

Lie vs Lay

These words are very commonly misused. "Lie" is for people and animals and has the following tenses- lying, lay, and has/have lain. Thus the confusion, because to "lay" means to put something down. Lay's tenses are laying, laid, and has/have laid. Remember that people can tell lies, so they lie down.

Precede vs Proceed

To "precede" is to come before something. The prefix "pre-" tells you that it involves something before. To "proceed" means to move forward.

Stationary vs Stationery

"Stationary" means standing still, while "stationery" is paper for writing. The "a" in "stationary" is for "anchored".

Passed vs Past

"Passed" is the past tense of the verb "pass," as in, "I passed the supermarket on the way to work." "Past" refers to a former time or place. The "t" in "past" stands for time.

Eminent vs Immanent vs Imminent

"Eminent" is famous or well-respected. "Immanent" means inherent or intrinsic. "Imminent" means about to take place. Eminem is an eminent rapper. Manes are "immanent" to lions. For more vocabulary help over the summer, contact The Tutoring Center in Tampa, FL. We have one-to-one tutoring programs in writing, reading, math, and test preparation. Details of our academic programs are available online. Call today to schedule a free diagnostic assessment at 813-991-9888.

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