Undetected by spell-check and untrained editors, homophones can wreak havoc on your grammatical credibility in professional correspondence and potentially cost you the position. The best way to wage war with the sneaky syntax traps is to keep an eye out for common mistakes and understand the difference between the definitions.
- ACCEPT - EXCEPT
To accept something is to take it. Except would single it out. “I would accept the job except it is too far away.”
- AFFECT - EFFECT
Affect produces a change and effect is the change it produces. “I would like to affect the audiences emotions by using a particular lighting effect.”
- ASSURE - ENSURE - INSURE
To assure is to make a confident statement or pledge. To ensure is to make something certain or secure. Insure minimizes financial losses. "Can you assure you that you will ensure I receive health insurance?"
- CITE - SIGHT - SITE
Cite is a quote or reference, sight relates to vision and site it a place. “The article which cited the most populate job sites caught my sight.”
- CONTINUALLY - CONTINUOUSLY
Continually denotes a regularly schedule activity while continuously means without ceasing. "I continually go to job fairs."
- EMINENT - IMMINENT
Eminent is important and imminent is destined. “it was imminent that I would be eminent.”
- FARTHER - FURTHER
Farther relates to distance. Further compares time or degree. “You will get further in your job search if you apply to places farther out.”
- FLAIR - FLARE
Flair is talent and style. Flare is a bright burst. “The photographer had a flair for using lens flares.”
- INCITE - INSIGHT - IN SIGHT
Incite starts something. Insight reveals something and in sight is within the field of vision. “I had the insight to incite a campaign to clean up everything in sight.”
- ITS - IT'S
Its is possessive while it’s is a contraction. “It’s my opinion that the homophone is its own worst enemy.”
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