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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!


Hello there my friends, we are getting through some of the hard words this week.  Regarding yesterday’s post, I hope you were affected by the material. (haha- see what I did there?) Anyway, let’s get to today’s words, as we have a lot to cover!

Altogether vs. All together

All together means that there is a group of individuals together. All of us together.

Example:  We gathered all together in the garden.

Altogether is an adverb which means entirely.

Example:  He opened the test booklet and read the questions he was altogether confused.

Elicit vs. Illicit

Elicit is a verb that means to draw out or evoke.

Example: His critique elicited a negative reaction from the group members.

Illicit is an adjective which means illegal.

Example:  He was involved in illicit drug dealing when he was arrested.

NOTE: One way to remember these two is illicit and illegal both begin with “ill”. 

Farther vs. Further

While often seen used interchangeably, and while both can be used as an adjective or an adverb, they are not the same words.

Farther is a physical distance, a distance that has been measured.

Example as an adverb is when the action results in a greater distance:  He ran farther then I thought he would.

Example as an adjective is when the object is more distant than the other:  The Starbucks is farther than Dutch Bros.

Further is a greater degree of something.

Example as an adverb is to express a relationship to a place or time, something in a greater degree or in addition to something:  The two decided they needed further research before publishing the findings.

Example as an adjective will describe a distance or something that is beyond or additional:  The congressman gave no further comments on the findings of the inquiry.

Example as a verb is an action of helping something forward: How can we further out media presence?

NOTE: One way to remember which to use, is the word FAR is a distance, and when to use the word “farther” is when it has to do with distance.  Also, if you can’t replace the word “further” with more or additional you are probably using the wrong word. 

Log in vs Login

These are rather new, so let’s nip this confusion in the bud.

Log in with a space between the words is used when it is a verb it means to actively log in to something.

Example:  I need to log in to check my email.

Login without a space between the word is used as an adjective or a noun and means the information you need to sign in (noun) or the webpage where you sign into your account (adjective)

Example as a noun: I don’t remember my login username.

Example as an adjective: I like the appearance of the login page.



One thought on “Commonly Misused Words – Thursday

  1. Golda Peterson says:

    Glad you nipped that last one in the bud. Your words this week have been fun. Thanks for sharing your wealth of information with us.

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