Here are some synonyms for words starting with T-Y. These synonyms are part of our advanced exercises to improve your vocabulary. Think carefully about the meaning of each word in each group of synonyms. Then compose a sentence that embodies exactly the meaning of each word. For help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary at the relevant word.

Here are some more words and phrases that we have heard and read people confuse from time-to-time.

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As we said in the first part of "Misused Idioms and Phrases", a misused word or phrase can damage your credibility as a writer or speaker. Here is another selection of phrases and sayings that you should take care to get right.

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Why on earth does English have both enquiry and inquiry — are they different words or not? Read on to discover the answer to this conundrum!

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English has many words that sound and are spelled similarly, but have quite different meanings. In this article, we look at easily confused words that start with F, and explain the differences between them.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:05

Writing Skills: Write Positively

If you're like me, then you prefer to read what did happen rather than what did not happen. To improve your writing, try turning negative words and phrases into "positive" words and phrases. Here is a list that might help you.

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Monday, 11 July 2011 09:15

Writing Skills: Avoid Archaisms

It behoves good writers to avoid archaisms as much as possible. Archaisms are old-fashioned words that usually sound contrived or pretentious. Here are a few archaisms and some plain English alternatives you might want to think about.

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A misused phrase can damage your credibility. Here is a small selection of phrases and sayings that some people get wrong.

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Sunday, 10 July 2011 00:19

Writing Skills: Avoid Circumlocutions

Circumlocution is using lots of words to describe something simple. Writing well involves avoiding circumlocutions as much as you can.  Here are a few circumlocutions and some plain English alternatives.

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Saturday, 09 July 2011 01:08

Writing Skills: Avoid Tautologies

Tautologies — that is, expressing the same idea in different words — waste words and can annoy your reader. Here is a list of tautologies and some alternatives.

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