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PELA Tricky English Words Blog

Tricky Words: Deny, Reject, Refuse, Doubt, and Suspect

Verbs like deny, refuse, and reject have overlapping meanings.  Sometimes, they can even be used interchangeably.  The same is true for the pair doubt and suspect.  However, with both sets of words, the context can often help clarify the subtle differences between them.  Today in class, to help students understand them more easily, I wrote the following […]

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Words that Limit

Words that Limit

In a previous blog, we studied words that intensify.  For example, we learned that we can say it’s extremely sunny today.  It’s really hot out.  In fact, it’s so hot that I feel like a melting popsicle.  These words emphasize that there is a lot of something—in this case “heat.” Conversely, we can use other […]

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