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Tip 6: Commonly Misused Words

All ready or already?

All ready means all are ready-We were (all ready, already) for training to start.
Already refers to time-I have (all ready, already) written my report.

A lot, allot, or a lot?

A lot means much-He ate (a lot, allot) of cake. Keep in mind that ‘a lot’ is a weak term. It is usually better to simply avoid using it altogether.
Allot means to allocate, assign, or ration-Please (a lot, allot) the tickets to the top three winners.
Alot is NOT A STANDARD WORD-DON’T USE IT!

Arc, or ark?

Arc means arch, crescent, half moon-The shape of the moon was a perfect (arc, ark).
Ark means a vessel or a refuge-Noah took a lot of animals on the (arc, ark).

Ascent or assent?

Ascent is a noun that means upward movement-His (ascent, assent) into the mountains was an arduous task.
Assent can be a noun or a verb and means enthusiastic agreement or to agree-Does your (ascent, assent) mean that you fully agree with my idea?

All right or alright?

Alright is NOT A STANDARD WORD-DON’T USE IT!