This or That?

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‘historic’ and ‘historical’

Historic is used especially for historically important places, remains, customs etc, and for moments which ‘make history.’ Example: The two countries are about to make a historic agreement.’ Or ‘It was a historic win for Spain.’ Historical means connected to the study of history or really existing in history.  Example: I like to read historical … Continue reading

‘still not’ and ‘not yet’

When we use still not, there’s a sense of looking back to the past. But not yet has the sense of looking toward the future. Example: She still hasn’t got a job. (looking back: she hasn’t had a job since January and the situation is continuing.) She hasn’t got a job yet. (looking forward: she … Continue reading

‘especially’ or ‘specially’?

Especially and specially can often both be used with the same meaning. However, here are some points that you can note about it: 1. ‘especially’ is often used to mean ‘above all.’ Example: I like all kinds of sweets, especially gulabjamun. 2. ‘especially’ follows a subject. Example: We all like music. My mother, especially, is … Continue reading

‘ethics’ ‘moral’ ‘immoral’ and ‘amoral’

Often, the words ethics and morals are considered synonymous. But here’s the difference: Morals are beliefs based on practices or teachings regarding how people conduct themselves in personal relationships and in society, while ethics refers to a set or system of principles, or a philosophy or theory behind them. So morals are the tools by … Continue reading

‘anxious’ or ‘eager’?

Anxious and eager both mean ‘looking forward to something.’ But there is a difference in tone. Eager suggests a positive outlook and an enthusiasm about something. Anxious has a slightly negative connotation, implying worry about something. So, you would be eager to get started with your vacation, but would be anxious to get all your … Continue reading

alternate or alternative?

When do we use alternate and when do we use alternative? We use ‘alternate’ or ‘alternately’ to mean ‘every second one of something’, or ‘in turns’. But ‘alternative’ or ‘alternatively’ is similar in meaning to ‘different’, ‘instead’ or ‘on the other hand.’ Compare: My daughter spends alternate weekends with her grandparents. Sorry I won’t be … Continue reading

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