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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0: The 'A' s Have It

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Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 features handy tips to enhance all of our writing, from daily emails to articles to books. After all, everyone needs to write, right?


Today, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 tackles word pairings that often cause confusion, such as adverse and averse, accept and except, and arbitrate and mediate, as well as the nagging question of when to use awhile versus a while.

Which is correct?
Accept or except? 

Accept is a verb that means to receive.

Example:
John accepted the cake from Susan, despite its unusual smell.

Except means to leave out of or exclude.

Example:
All of the guests except Susan became ill after eating the cake. 

Adverse or averse?

Adverse is an adjective that means unfavorable or harmful.

Example:
The cake had an adverse effect on the party guests.

Averse is an adjective that means reluctant or disinclined.

Example:
Susan is averse to answering questions about the cake.

Allude, elude, or refer?

Allude is to use an indirect reference.

Example…

Introducing Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0

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Hello!

I’ve missed all of you lovely Bibliophiles.

I’ve been dealing with my father’s declining health and all that entails, including several hospital stays and moving him twice, the second time to a senior care facility where I know he receives excellent care. I have one piece of advice about dealing with aging parents — don’t be an only child! Oy!

Anyhow, I just landed a new freelance assignment that uses AP style guidelines, so I bought a new copy of TheAssociated Press Stylebookto brush up after years of using the Chicago Manual of Style for the books and fiction in general. The 2016 AP Stylebook is filled with so many updates, my little grammar nerd self can’t resist sharing with you that I am bringing back Editing for Grammarphobes.

Every Wednesday, Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0 will feature a ton a great information on proper usage, homophones, updates, and general word nerd heaven.

I’m not going to cover any specific style items, in case you use Chicago Manual, just handy ti…

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Editing for Grammarphobes 2.0