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Notes of [Elements of Style] by Strunk and White – IV(b)

Contact

Do not “contact” anybody; instead “call” / “look for” / “get in touch” / “meet” somebody.

Currently

To be more precise, use something else such as “at this moment”.

Disinterested – Uninterested

The former means “impartial”; the latter means “not interested”.

Divided into – Compose of

A halved apple is divided into two pieces – An apple is composed of skin, flesh and seeds.

Effect – Affect

When used as verbs: the former means “accomplish”; the latter means “to influence”.

Enormity

Has two quite different meanings: “monstrous wickedness” and “bigness”.

Enthuse

A verb from “Enthusiasm” – better not used at all.

Etc

Incorrectly used if following “such as …” “for example, …” etc.

Fact

Use this word only of matter capable of direct verification, not of matters of judgement.

Factor

A hackneyed word; can always be replaced with something more direct and idiomatic.

Feature

Another hackneyed word; usually adds nothing to the sentence.

Flammable – Inflammable

Both mean “combustible”.

Finalize

A pompous, ambiguous verb.

Folk

Used in singular form – “people”; in plural form – “parents” (not in formal writing).

Fortuitous – Fortunate

The former means “limited to what happens by chance” – the latter means “lucky”.

Get

Colloquial use of “have got” cannot be used formally to replace “have”.

Gratuitous

Means “unearned”, “unwarranted”.

He is a man who

Redundant phrase; should use “He is” instead.

Hopefully

Should mean “with hope” instead of “I hope” or “it is to be hoped”.

However – Nevertheless

The former means “in whatever way” or “to whatever extent”; the latter means “in spite of that” or “notwithstanding” or “or the same”.

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