Thursday, May 19, 2011

Grammatically Yours - Commonly Misused Words Part Three

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic week so far.

This is the last installment of Commonly Misused Words (for now). Below are the definitions of the words from the second list. Thank you for your comments, discussion, and participation throughout this three-part series. If you need a refresher, here are the links to Part One and Part Two.

Words from List Two with Definitions:
(Some of these words have more definitions than the ones listed below)

Reign – Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.
Rein – (1) A long narrow leather strap attached to each end of the bit of a bridle and used by a rider or driver to control a horse or other animal. Often used in the plural. (2) A means of restraint, check, or guidance.

Whose – The possessive form of “who” meaning “belonging to whom.” (adjective)
Who’s – Contraction for “who is.”

Allusion – An indirect reference.
Illusion – A misconception or false impression.

Climactic – Relating to or constituting a climax, which is the point of greatest intensity in a series or progression of events.
Climatic – Of or relating to climate; referring to meteorological conditions.

Than – Used in comparisons (conjunction)
Then – Meaning “at that time” or “soon after”; next in time, space, or order; immediately afterword (adverb)

Loose – (1) not tight (2) Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered (adjective)
Lose – (1) to misplace; mislay (2) to fail to win (verb)

Precede – (1) That which comes first; to come, exist, or occur before in time. (2) To come before in order or rank; surpass.
Proceed – To go forward or onward, especially after an interruption; continue.

Compliment – An expression of praise, admiration, or congratulation.
Complement – Something that goes well with something else; something that completes or brings to perfection.

Adverse – (1) Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic. (2) Contrary to one’s interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable (3) Moving in an opposite or opposing direction.
Averse – Having a feeling of opposition, distaste, or aversion; strongly disinclined.

Discreet – (1) Marked by, exercising, or showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect. (2) Free from ostentation or pretension; modest.
Discrete – (1) Constituting a separate thing; distinct. Consisting of unconnected distinct parts. (2) Mathematics – Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.



  1. Thanks for the reminder on grammar. :) Very helpful!

  2. Jenna - Thank you very much! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

  3. Thank you so much for these posts! They are incredibly helpful.

  4. Elle - You are so welcome! If you ever have a suggestion for a future post, feel free to let me know. :)