Misused Words: Forward vs Foreword

From what I’ve seen, the mistakes between forward and foreword is more of a problem of spelling more than understanding but it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves, right? {smile}

Misused Words: Forward vs Foreword

Simply put, forward means going toward, ahead, or advancing in some way.

For example: Going forward, we will have to work better as a team.

For example: I hope the Post Office will forward the mail to my new address.

Foreword is an introductory note or statement. This is often seen at the beginning of a book where someone writes something about the author and/or the book she is writing.

For example: I would love to have one of my favorite authors to write the foreword of my new soon-to-be-released book!

For example: Have you read the foreword to Jeff Goin’s latest book?

What is most tricky about the two words is the spelling because forward has no “e” and has an “a,” whereas foreword adds an “e” and has an “o.”  There is no real trick to remember the spellings for each, but for some reason, when I see or write the word “foreword” I picture a golfer calling out “fore!” LOL! It may be goofy but it helps me and maybe it will help you too. 🙂

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Misused Words: Adverse vs Averse

These words are very similar but there are some slight differences.

Adverse means something that is dangerous, unfavorable, or contrary. It is used with things not people. It is often used in describing the weather.

For example: There may be adverse weather conditions during our vacation.

For example: Certain pharmaceutical drugs can have adverse effects on the body.

Averse means having a strong repugnance or dislike for something.

For example: Much to my husband’s dismay, I am completely averse to taking a cruise.

For example: She is not averse to completely revamping her story’s plot.

These two words are a little tricky. Just keep in mind that adverse is used in regards to things, not people. Adverse is never used in relations to people. Averse is most often followed by the word “to.” Also, you know averse is used correctly if you can substitute the work with “opposed” or “dislike.”

In both examples above, you can easily change averse to opposed. “Much to my husband’s dismay, I am completely opposed to taking a cruise.” “She is not opposed to completely revamping her story’s plot.”

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Misused Words: Aloud vs Allowed

In context, you know what these words are but in writing they are often misspelled, so here is a little refresher:

Misused Words Aloud vs Allowed

Aloud means to use the voice or making noise or sound with the voice.

For example: Nathan voiced his opinion aloud.

For example: Ruth likes to read  aloud to the children.

Allowed is the past tense of allow (a verb) which means to permit or give permission to.

For example: The author allowed her fans to get a sneak peek of her upcoming book.

For example: The plugins allowed for greater usability of the website.

That’s it.  🙂

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