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50 Problem Words and Phrases

50 Problem Words and Phrases
by Mark Nichol Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive written communication. So many pairs or trios of words and phrases stymie us with their resemblance to each other. Here’s a quick guide to alleviate (or is it ameliorate?) your suffering: 1. a while / awhile: “A while” is a noun phrase; awhile is an adverb.

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