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    Unique and Other Absolute Modifiers

    Unique means "one of a kind." Therefore, comparatives,superlatives, and words like very, so, or extremely should not be used to modify it. If it is one of a kind, it cannot be compared!

    Incorrect: He is a very unique personality.

    Correct: He is a unique personality.
    This same logic applies to other words which reflect some kind of absolute: absolute, overwhelmed, straight, opposite, right, dead, entirely, eternal, fatal, final, identical, infinite, mortal, opposite, perfect, immortal, finite, or irrevocable.
    In most cases they cannot be modified by very and similar words, nor can they be used in comparisons.
    Many times there is a similar word which is not absolute. For example, instead of using the word unique in the above example use a similar word that is not absolute. Incorrect: He has a more unique personality than Marie.

    Correct: He has a more distinctive personality than Marie.
    Accept or Except ?

    Accept means "to receive."

    Except is usually a preposition meaning "but" or "leaving out." However, except can also be a verb meaning "to leave out."

    As verbs, accept and except are nearly antonyms, so the difference is important!


    Examples: He accepted the gift. (He received it.)

    He excepted the twins. (He did not include them.)
    Everyone except Bill. (All but Bill.)

    Accuse or Allege ?

    Accuse means "to blame" or "charge with wrongdoing."

    Allege means "to claim something not yet proven."


    Examples: He accused the pitcher of throwing spitballs.

    His alleged spitball did not curve.


    Across, Acrossed, and Cross


    Across is a preposition. It describes the relationship between two persons, places, or things. It is sometimes used with the preposition from.

    Example: That house is across the street.

    Cross is most commonly a verb or noun. As a verb, it means "to go or place across." As a noun, it means "an object made of two intersecting segments."
    Crossed is the past tense or past participle of the verb to cross.

    Examples: Will you cross the street with me? (Verb)

    Jesus, Peter, and Andrew each died on a cross. (Noun)
    He crossed the street with me. (Past tense)
    Their trademark is a pair of crossed swords. (Past participle)
    Cross can sometimes be an adjective meaning "opposing," "placed across," or "angry."

    Examples: They were working at cross purposes.

    He was counting the cross ties on the track.
    Please don't look so cross.
    Across occasionally is used as an adverb.

    Example: She ran across to say hello.

    Do not use acrossed, crossed, or acrost as a preposition or adverb.
    (The words acrossed and acrost are strictly nonstandard. They are sometimes used by writers to show dialect.)

    Incorrect: He stared acrossed the aisle at me.

    Correct: He stared across the aisle at me.



    Adapt or Adopt ?


    Adapt means "to change." Usually we adapt to someone or something.

    Adopt means "to take as one's own."


    Examples: They adapted to the hot weather.

    Marc and Judy adopted two orphans.


    Administer or Administrate?


    Administer is the verb form for administration or administrator.

    The word administrate is an incorrect form of the verb created by some who drop the -ion suffix of administration.


    Incorrect: He did a great job of administrating the estate.

    Correct: He did a great job of administering the estate.

    Be careful when forming verbs from nouns that end in -ation, as the correct verb form may not end in -ate.


    Aggravate or Irritate?


    Aggravate mean "to make worse." The root is grave, in the sense of "serious." Remember this root when spelling the word.

    Irritate means "to exasperate" or "to inflame."
    Incorrect: His teasing aggravated me.
    Correct: His teasing irritated me.

    Incorrect: That meal irritated my condition.
    Correct: That meal aggravated my condition


    Ain't

    Ain't, in some dialects amn't, an apparent contraction of am not, is considered nonstandard.



    A Hold or Ahold?

    A hold is standard English. It is the noun hold with the article a.

    Ahold does not exist as a word in standard English.

    Incorrect: You've really got ahold on me.
    Correct: You've really got a hold on me



    A Lot or Allot ?

    A lot (two words) is an informal phrase meaning "many." It can take an adjective, for example, "a sizeable lot."


    Example: Karl needed a lot of time for the job.

    Allot means "to distribute between or among." It has the same root as lottery.
    Example: He allotted three breaks a day to everyone in the department.

    Alot does not exist as a word.

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