This week I explore the misunderstood use of a few words from f-l. I was also asked to repost affect/effect and ensure/insure.
Affect – (verb) to act on; produce an effect; change
My poor windows affect the temperature in the house.
Effect – (noun) a result; something that is produced by cause; a consequence
The new windows had a great effect on the warmth of the house.
Ensure – to secure; guarantee; make certain
Will these new windows ensure warmth?
Insure – a guarantee against loss of harm; (insurance). Insure involves money.
What types of plans do you have to insure my new windows?
This week’s new words:
The first pair are quite confusing, and you will see why.
Further – (adverb) at or to a greater distance; at or to a more advanced point; to a greater extent
I’m too tired to go further.
Let’s not discuss it further.
(adjective) promote; advance.
Does this mean further delay? He will always further his cause.
Farther – (adverb) (answers how) at or to a greater distance
He went farther down the road.
at or to a more advanced point
They are going no farther in their studies.
at or to a greater degree or extent
The application of the law was extended farther.
Farther – (adjective) more distant or remote than something or someplace nearer:
the farther side of the mountain.
extending or tending to a greater distance
He made a still farther trip.
Guarantee – (noun) a promise or assurance, especially one in writing, that something is of specified quality
A money-back guarantee.
Guarantee (verb) to secure by giving or taking a security; to promise on behalf of another person who is responsible
I guarantee I will be there.
Guaranty – (noun) a warrant, pledge, or formal assurance given as security (as in debt) something that is taken or given as security
Please sign this guaranty.
Healthful – conducive to health; wholesome; beneficial to body or mind
A healthful diet; a farm’s healthful environment.
Healthy – pertaining to good health; possessing or enjoying good health
(also) A healthy diet; a healthy business; healthy appearance.
And – the worst offender.
Please – just use regardless. People tend to say this from using irrespective, irrelevant and irreparable.
From dictionary.com: Irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less. You won’t sound any more intelligent using it; quite the contrary.
Leave – (verb) to go to or away from; to depart; or to set out
You leave the house; you leave a job; you leave for vacation.
Let – to allow to pass or come; a contract; lease
You let someone through; you let someone escape; you let the apartment for $500.