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You say potato…I say potatto

Date: 05/11/2006 | Category: Business | Author: Diana Heeb Bivona

Sometimes using the right word may seem like a matter of semantics or of splitting hairs.  However, when it comes to drafting a business contract, selecting the right word and meaning, can make a world of difference.  Here are just a few of the more commonly misused or confused words used in business contracts.

Affect: To alter, influence, or change
Effect: A result, or to bring about change

Alternate: A substitute or second choice, or to take turns
Alternative: One choice among various options

Assure: To convince
Insure: To guard against loss

Assure: To convince
Ensure: To make certain

Bimonthly: Every other month
Semimonthly: Twice a month

Biweekly: Every other week
Semiweekly: Twice a week

Fewer: A smaller number of units
Less: A smaller quantity

Imply: To suggest
Infer: To conclude

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