Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused – Part 3 of 6
by: Laraine Anne Barker
Elicit means to extract or draw out; illicit means not legal.
EVERYONE, EVERY ONE
Everyone means every person in a group; every one means each person and is always followed by “of”.
“Everyone needs to know how to swim.”
“Every one of you should be able to swim.”
Fair means average, good-looking, pale, unbiased (what a lot of meanings for one little word!); fare is the money you pay to go somewhere by bus, train, plane, taxi, etc. It can also refer to a passenger. As a verb it means do, as in:
“I didn’t fare as well in my exams this year as I’d hoped.”
The most common error is the use of phase when the writer means faze...Read More