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Commas unit 15

Misused Words
(Concluded)
Unit 15


Unit 15 Misused Words
(Concluded)







better, best
differ from, differ with
farther, further
fewer, less
lay, lie
loose, lose


Unit 15 Misused Words (Conc







may be, maybe
passed, past
real, very
recent, resent
some time, sometime

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Better, Best


Better is used when comparing two items.



Best is used when comparing more than two items.


Of the two scarves, the striped one looks better.



Of the three scarves, the striped one looks best.

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Tryout Sentences
1.



It is (better, best) to get up early than to sleep late
and then have to rush.

2.

Of the two watches, I like the silver one (better,
best).

3.

Lillian is the (better, best) of all the team members.

4.

The soccer match is beginning; may the (better,
best) team win.

5.

Which of the three DVDs do you like (better, best)?

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Differ From, Differ With


Differ from refers to persons or things.



Differ with refers to opinion, thought.


Today’s test results differ from those of yesterday.



I must differ with you, Hector, on that decision.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

Your membership fees differ (from, with) mine.

2.

My ideas on fashion differ (from, with) those of my
sister.

3.

Horatio, your job description differs (from, with)
mine.

4.

The President’s decision differs (from, with) the
suggestions made be the secretary of state.

5.

Connie and I differ (from, with) each other during
discussions of politics.

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Farther, Further


Farther refers to distance.



Further refers to time, quantity, or degree.


The rescuers walked farther into the woods.



As I read further, I became more interested.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

As I read (farther, further) along in the book, the
plot became more complicated.

2.

Donna must do (farther, further) research for her
dissertation.

3.

We must drive (farther, further) until we finally
arrive at our destination.

4.

The lost child wandered (farther, further) into the
forest.

5.

My recovery has progressed (farther, further) than
anticipated.

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Fewer, Less


Fewer is used with nouns that can be counted.



Less is used with nouns that cannot be counted.


I read fewer books this week than usual.



You have offered less proof than is required.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

My supervisor has requested that I make (fewer,
less) errors in my work.

2.

The defense attorney offered (fewer, less)
evidence than anticipated.

3.

(Fewer, Less) students than expected came to the
review class.

4.

Each year (fewer, less) people march in the
parade.

5.

The actual snow was (fewer, less) than predicted
by the experts.

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Lay, Lie


lay: to put or place



lie: to rest or recline


I am laying the book on the table.



He is lying down now.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

The child (lay, lie) down for a nap every afternoon
this past week.

2.

(Lay, Lie) the flowers near the blue vase.

3.

Vondra has been (laying, lying) in bed for two days
because of a cold.

4.

Chico picked up the keys and (lay, laid) them on
the desk next to me.

5.

I believe the solution (lays, lies) in another
direction.

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Loose, Lose


loose: free; not tight



lose: to misplace or leave behind; to fail to win (in a
game)


The screw became loose and fell out.



If you aren’t careful, you may lose that pen.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

If the string becomes (loose, lose), you may
(loose, lose) the contents of the package.

2.

The lion at the circus was (loose, lose), and
everyone was screaming.

3.

“Don’t (loose, lose) sight of that car,” shouted the
police officer.

4.

Since dieting my suit has become too (loose, lose).

5.

You can easily (loose, lose) your way if you aren’t
careful.

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May Be, Maybe


may be: the verb form



maybe: perhaps


The winning essay may be selected today.



Maybe the winning essay will be selected today.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

It (may be, maybe) possible to arrange the trip for
tomorrow.

2.

I thought that (may be, maybe) you would like to
join me for dinner.

3.

The transit strike (may be, maybe) over by next
week.

4.

Carmelita (may be, maybe) going to Atlanta on
business.

5.

(May be, Maybe) the fog will lift before the
scheduled departure.

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Passed, Past


passed (verb): went by or moved by; completed
successfully



past (adjective): gone by in time



past (noun): time gone by; the events that happened
formerly


I passed Chelsea on my way here.



Alicia passed the English test.



I enjoyed myself this past summer.



My grandfather has fond memories of the past.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

In the (passed, past) I often (passed, past)
algebra easily.

2.

As the ship (passed, past) the Statue of Liberty,
visions of my waiting family (passed, past) in
front of me.

3.

I spent this (passed, past) summer at the
beach, but that is now all in the (passed, past).

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Tryout Sentences

(cont)

4.

Erin (passed, past) her science course each term
for the (passed, past) two years.

5.

When I (passed, past) Herschel, he informed me
that he had received a commendation for his
(passed, past) job performance.

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Real, Very


real: genuine



very: the extreme (to a high or low degree);
exceedingly


This is a real diamond.



That is a very pretty diamond ring.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

We were (real, very) sorry to hear the bad news.

2.

Are you (real, very) sure that this is a (real, very)
gold necklace?

3.

I felt (real, very) bad after eating lunch.

4.

Lara had a coat of (real, very) fur and was (real,
very) unhappy when she lost it.

5.

Be (real, very) careful when you pick up the baby.

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Recent, Resent


recent (adjective): of late occurrence; not long past



resent (verb): to feel or show displeasure from a
sense of injury or insult


I met Miguel during a recent trip.



Bo is sure to resent your intrusion.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

The baby is a (recent, resent) addition to our
family.

2.

When did the racehorse win his most (recent,
resent) race?

3.

The staff is sure to (recent, resent) the president’s
(recent, resent) decision to downsize.

4.

On a (recent, resent) summer afternoon, Cesar
and I went swimming.

5.

I (recent, resent) the implication that I am not
sympathetic.

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Some Time, Sometime


some time: a specified period of time



sometime: at some unspecified or indefinite time


Make the appointment for some time in May.



Let’s meet sometime soon.

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Tryout Sentences
1.

Our apartment was painted (some time, sometime)
ago.

2.

Frankie plans to be married (some time,
sometime) in December.

3.

Mrs. Bates is returning from Europe (some time,
sometime) next week.

4.

We hope to see you again (some time, sometime)
soon.

5.

I’d like to make an appointment with the dentist
(some time, sometime) this month.

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