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Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between EMPATHY and SYMPATHY

Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others. It goes beyond sympathy, which is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words have similar usage but differ in their emotional meaning. Comparison chart Empathy Sympathy Definition Understanding what others are feeling because you

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Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between EITHER and NEITHER

It is important to understand the difference between ‘either’ and ‘neither’ so that we don’t get confused between the two. Both words can be used as pronoun, conjunction and adjective; however, the use of ‘either’ is considered positive, while the use of ‘neither’ is considered negative. As adjective: ‘Either’ indicates one or the other, or

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Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between COMPLEMENT and COMPLIMENT

These two words are pronounced the same, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings. COMPLIMENT (noun, verb) Compliment can be both a noun and a verb. A compliment is a positive comment about someone or something, for example: “You have beautiful eyes!” And the verb compliment (or the expression “pay someone a compliment”)

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Grammar Clinic: Common English Grammar Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

Below are 18 common grammar mistakes I see routinely, not only in editorial queries and submissions, but in print: in blogs, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and even best selling novels. If it makes you feel any better, I’ve made each of these mistakes a hundred times, and I know some of the best authors in

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Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between BORROW and LEND

Mixing up the words “borrow” and “lend” can be a common confusion. One reason this happens is because lend and borrow have the same basic meaning, but are used for different “directions” in English. Lend: GIVE something to someone on the understanding that the person will return what is being given. Borrow: TAKE and use

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Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between ALRIGHT and ALL RIGHT

All right and Alright actually mean the same thing. However, All right is more preferred in Standard English. Alright Not Widely Accepted Many people use alright unaware that it is not universally accepted as a word. It should be written all right. However, the merger of all right to alright has been underway for over

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Grammar Clinic: The REAL difference between DISCREET and DISCRETE

These words are pronounced the same, and they are both adjectives. Discrete means separate, distinct, individual: The two companies have a partnership, but they are discrete entities. We offer three discrete service plans: internet only, internet + cell phone, and internet + cell phone + TV. Discreet describes something that is modest and does not

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