Smart People Never Use These Words

‘I gave her my best advise’

You can advise someone, but you can’t give advise—only advice. Watch out for false friends like these, which can make you sound less smart than you really are.

Some common trip-ups include adverse vs. averse (the first one usually means unfavorable, as in ‘adverse market conditions’; the second one means feeling opposed, such as ‘I am averse to giving anyone unsolicited advice’); continuously vs. continually (without ever stopping vs. repeatedly); and farther vs. further (the first one is about physical distance, while the second is about figurative distance).

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