Aggregate – Irritate
Former means ‘making worse’; latter means ‘annoy’.
Allude – Ellude
Former means ‘implicitly refer to’; latter means ‘confuse’.
Allusion – Illusion
Former means ‘implicit reference’; latter means ‘unreal image’.
Among – Between
The former is used when there are more than two of them; however, in that case the latter might be preferred if each of them is regarded as an individual.
As good or better than
Should be re-arranged when used. E.g., my speech is as good as his, or better (if not better).
As to whether
Should instead use whether.
Means “so far” but usually should omit ‘as’ except when occurs at the beginning of a sentence.
- No agreement has yet been reached
- As yet we have not reached any agreement.
Cannot be used after ‘regard … as [being] …’.
No need to be used after ‘doubt’ or ‘help’.
- I have no doubt
- I couldn’t help
Means ‘be able to’; cannot (is not able to) be used to replace ‘may’.
Usually can be omitted, e.g., “In many cases the rooms were poorly ventilated” -> “Many of the rooms were poorly ventilated”.
Should be avoided using in writing.
Compare to – Compare with
The former address the similarity given the obvious difference; the latter address the differences given some similarities.
Means ’embrace,’ ‘include,’ etc. For example, a zoo comprises animals.
Consider – Consider as
Consider X Y == think X is Y (expressing a belief)
Consider X as Y == based on X being Y (prepare for further thinking)