Here are four common confusions in grammar usage and how to use these terms properly:
1. Complement vs. Compliment
A complement is a fitting addition, while a compliment is a piece of praise.
Examples: A new briefcase was the perfect complement to his interview suit. She accepted the compliment gracefully.
2. Bad vs. Badly
One often hears, “I feel badly about ___,” but it isn’t correct. To say you feel badly could mean that you’re unskilled at feeling.
Incorrect: I feel badly about spoiling your surprise.
Correct: Anne felt bad about missing the anniversary party.
3. Less vs. Fewer
Here’s how to remember the difference between these two similar words: If you can count it, use "fewer." If you can’t count it, use "less."
Examples: I drank fewer glasses of water today than I did yesterday. I drank less water today than I did yesterday.
(You can count glasses, but you can’t count water.)
4. Between vs. Among
In the majority of cases, this rule will yield the correct choice:
Use "between" when you are writing about two things; use "among" when you’re writing about three or more things.
Correct: You can choose between two appointment times. You’ll need to choose among the office chairs offered in the catalog.
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