8 Commonly Misused Words Source – Daily Infographic If you want to learn how to write for business, join us for The Plain Language Programme Posted on 29th August 2014 (65,713 views) Explore: Grammar, Infographic This article has 11 comments Gordon 29th August 2014 Not impressed as the correct words are abused often. NRH Welch 30th August 2014 Fewer/Less and Lie/Lay are dialectal differences, not misuses… Cheyenne 30th August 2014 Can we make one that focuses on the correct context in which to use the word “literally”? Tiffany 4th September 2014 I may or may not have misused accept for except haha Erika 4th September 2014 NRH Welch, you are mistaken, they are not dialectical differences. Erika 4th September 2014 Gordon, it has nothing to do with correct or incorrect words. Each word has distinct and different grammatical uses. NRH Welch 5th September 2014 Erika, in many dialects of English of the world “lay” is used where Standard English uses “lie”, and this is perfectly grammatical and standard usage in the dialect – for example in British dialects like Sussex English, in American dialects like Appalachian English, in South African dialects like varieties of so called Coloured South African English, and in Australian dialects like the Sydney dialect. To claim the standard usage is more “right” than these numerous dialects is just linguistic prescriptivism… The same goes for the less/fewer case. Carolyn 12th January 2015 I live in Australia so maybe this is a cultural sort of thing but numerous of my English teachers have told me that “lay” is the past term for “lie”? He had gone to lie down but they had stopped him. He lay down beside her on the bed of soft green grass. … Or am I just getting slack due to the school holidays? Writers Write 12th January 2015 Carolyn, you are correct. Please follow this link http://the-plain-language-programme.posthaven.com/lay-or-lie Carolyn 12th January 2015 Oh, okay, thanks ^_^ I was beginning to think that maybe I was wrong and that I’d need to go through and edit all my writing… Haha. 🙂 Adam 27th April 2016 Don’t forget Who and Whom, Which and That, Whether and If, Since and Because, May and Might, Affect and Effect… Grammar Police beware, we are watching! Comments are now closed.