Jul 07 2010
- Try to VS Try and
Some experts say that you shouldn’t be using try and when you mean try to. It has clearly been established as a informal idiom, therefore it is okay to use it in casual language. However, we advise you not to use it in formal writing.
- Viable VS Practical
The sentence “this idea is not viable” is not correct; according to experts, the true meaning of this word is “capable of living or surviving”. However, some dictionaries list “viable” and “practical” as synonyms.
- Past VS Last
When should we use past instead of last ?
Tip: use it when last may confuse the readers (ex: “The last decade” – you could mean the latest decade, as well as the last decade of a century. In this case, using past is clearer.)
- Farther VS Further
Farther is usually used to denote physical distance (ex: Lucy lives farther away from me than her sister), whereas further means mental distance (ex: Nothing could be further from the truth).