May 15th 2013

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Do you need help with confusing words?

regardless or irregardless

Is it “regardless” or “irregardless?”

The English language has many confusing words that sound. Here are 4 quick tips from Ginger’s blog to help clear up the confusion!

Regardless, NOT Irregardless!
Always AVOID using the word irregardless. Regardless means “without regard to” or “despite.” For example, “I will go for a jog today, regardless of how cold it is outside.”

Irregardless is not a word, and often misused both conversationally and in writing. The word probably arose from combining “regardless” and “irrespective.” Read more

Immigration or Emigration?
“Immigration” is the act of moving into a country. (The “i” stands for into.) Similarly, “emigration” concerns the act of moving away, or exiting, your county. (The “e” stands for exit.) Read more

Compliment VS Complement
Compliment can be a noun meaning a polite expression of praise or admiration. It can also be a verb meaning to congratulate or praise someone for something.

Complement is also both a noun and a verb. In its role as a noun, complement is something that brings completes or brings something to perfection, just like the word “addition”. As a verb, complement mean to add, enhance or improve something much like the word supplement. Read more

Anyway vs. Anyways
“Anyway” is an adverb meaning regardless. Simply put, “anyway” without an S is correct. Always use it without the S.

“Anyways” with the S is considered slang, and is a part of nonstandard, colloquial, or informal English. Read more

What confusing words would you like to see on our blog?

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One Response to “Do you need help with confusing words?”

  1. Ayesha Khan on June 7th, 2013

    As writing and speaking any language are two different acts, sometimes we can get away with their grammatical mistakes while speaking the language, but when it comes to writing then we have to pay extra attention, as the mistakes are highly visible in our documents. There are so many words that are often taken for granted to be correct, because we frequently use them in our daily conversations, but many such word’s at times are either words of slang, or self created terminologies. In order, to write with eloquence, and coherence we must know which words are actually the correct one’s. Ginger is a great help, and I wish to keep on improving my writing skills, with the knowledge about the correct, and appropriate usage of the words… Learning is a life time process —

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