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Glossary of correct usage — as — expect & suppose

accept, except

Accept is a verb; Except is a preposition

They accepted my invitation.

Everyone attended the meeting except the secretary.

advice, advise

Advice is a noun; Advise is a verb.

His advice was useful.

I was advised to purchase a more economical car.

affect, effect

Affect is a verb; it means » to influence.»
Effect may be a verb or a noun. The verb effect means » to cause to happen » The noun effect means » the result.»

Pollution affects everyone.

Your tears do not affect me.

Your tears have no effect upon me.

Doctors have effected a cure for polio.

The effect of drugs is well known.

almost,  most

Most is used to form the superlative; it is used to modify nouns.
Almost is an adverb.

Most people are honest.

He is the most unusual person I have ever met.

Almost everyone has a desire to succeed.

Almost all of the food was eaten.

already,  all ready

Already means » before the time specified. » All ready means » completely prepared.»

The movie had already begun by the time we arrived.

The members were all ready to hear the report.

altogether, all together

Altogether means » thoroughly.» All together means » in a group.»

The thought of a third world war is altogether frightening.

The children were all together on the bus.

amount,  number

Use amount to refer to thing sin bulk or mass; Number refers to the countable.

Wrong: I was amazed by the amount of people present.
Right: I was amazed by the number of people present.
Right: The amount of money needed was soon collect.

and which,  which

Wrong: I found a lost dog and which needs a good home
Right: I found a lost dog which needs a good home.

Wrong: My father is a good man and whom we all love deeply.

Right: My father is a good man whom we all love deeply and whom we admire.

anywheres,  anywhere

Anywheres is very informal

Wrong: We can talk anywheres.

Right: We can talk anywhere.


Wrong: He arrived around ten o’clock.

Right: He arrived about ten o’clock


Avoid using as instead of because, for, since, that, or whether.

Wrong: As he was ill, he stayed home.

Right: Because he was ill, he stayed home.

Right Since he was ill, he stayed home.

Right: He stayed home, for he was ill.

Wrong: I feel as I should go.

Right: I feel that I should go.


Omit the «at»

Wrong: Where is he living at now ?

Right: Where is he living now ?

at about

Omit the «at»

Wrong: He arrived at about noon.

Right: He arrived about noon.


Do not begin a noun clause with because.

Wrong: Because he was late annoyed the teacher

Right: His lateness annoyed the teacher.

Right: The fact that he was late annoyed the teacher.

Wrong: Because I overate was why I became ill.

Right: Because I overate, I became ill.

beside,  besides

Besides means » in addition to.» Beside means » next to. «

He sat beside the pretty girl.

He owes a bicycle besides a car.

between,  among

Among always implies more than two; between implies only two.

Wrong: There is little difference between the members of the class.

Right: There is little difference among the members of the class.

Right: There is little difference between the two nationalities.

but, hardly, scarcely

Do not use these words with another negative.

Wrong: I couldn’t hardly see him.

Right: I could hardly see him.

Wrong: He didn’t have but one dollar.

Right: He had but one dollar..

different from (not different than)

The result was much different from what I expected.

equally as good is not correct

Use either equally good or as good as.

Wrong: The movie is equally as good as the play.

Right: The movie and the play are equally good.

Right: The movie is as good as the play.

expect and suppose (or think) have different meanings

Wrong: I expect that she will be here.

Right: I suppose (or think) that she will be here.

Right: I expect to be late.

Right: They expect us to help them.