By Philip Gooden
Who is Whose? is an exciting and simple consultant to the main usually burdened phrases in English this present day, with actual examples of fine and undesirable utilization to make changes crystal-clear. The Embarrassment ranking serious about each one mistake is incorporated, including a proof of why the confusion occurs and the way to prevent it sooner or later. So in case you distrust (or distrust?) your spellchecker and need to keep up or increase your written English, this is often definitely the right better half for you.
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For example, a person who is authorised (to do something) will not necessarily be an authoritative person. Conversely, an authorised biography may not be an authoritative one. And an authoritarian individual may be neither authorised nor truly authoritative – merely someone who likes laying down the law. How to avoid: There is no really simple way to remember the distinction between these three. Authoritarian has echoes of ‘disciplinarian’, and authorise can be paired with ‘legitimise’. With authoritative, however, you are on your own.
The Times) Oral means ‘relating to the mouth’: Video on-demand technology installed in dentists’ chairs is the latest attempt to make oral surgery appear less of an ordeal. (The Times) As a noun, oral describes an examination where the candidate gives spoken answers. Confusion sometimes arises when the words are used in this context. An aural examination in French would test the candidate’s ability to hear and understand that language when spoken. But a French oral tests the candidate’s capacity to speak the language.
How to avoid: Any advice here is more to do with etiquette than correct usage. Remembering ‘body odour’ and ‘deodorant’ may help. 24 AROUSE or ROUSE Two very similar words connected with coming to life from a sleepy or passive state. They are not quite interchangeable. To arouse is to ‘excite’, to ‘provoke’, and is usually applied to reactions (interest, concern) or feelings (suspicion, anger): The proposal to build a by-pass through the unspoiled countryside aroused controversy. Arouse is also used of sexual responses, as is the associated noun, arousal.
Who's Whose? A No-Nonsense Guide to Easily Confused Words by Philip Gooden