Difference between among and between

Greetings people! How are you? Thank you for keeping coming back to this post. Some people are obsessed with using variety of words and in an attempt to do so, spoil the original meaning. Let’s look at difference between among and between.


It is derived from Old English amang meaning akin to


  1. Mingling of separable objects or people

I’m going to give a select group of students back their power, but you’re not among them.

  1. Denotes belonging of a person or a thing to a group

My husband was the most strong willed among us.

  1. Sharing a common feature

He was one of the oldest warriors among the immortals, a man with the body of a thirty-year-old and the soul of the Ancients.


It is derived from Middle English betwene or Old English betweonan which is equivalent to be + twain (two) literally meaning in between two


  1. Position or interval that separates the two things in quantity or degree

There was a fine line between being frugal and being a miser.

  1. Done together

Whatever the issue was the conflict between Ajinkya and Nirmal remained.

  1. Shared in confidence

This is between you and me, not the entire society.


In short both words can be used interchangeably when intended meaning is in the middle of, otherwise not.

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Difference between All together and altogether

All together

All together is a phrase applied to people or things that are being treated as a whole.

  1. We always had fun when we were all together.
  2. It’s time to sing. All together now!
  3. The last time we were all together was in 1999
  4. Put the bills all together on the desk

To double check this usage, try separating the two words:

  1. We all had fun when were together.
  2. It’s time for all of us to sing together now!
  3. The last time all of us were together was in 1999
  4. Put all the bills together on the desk


It is used to indicate something that encompasses everything or everyone.

Adverb and how it’s used?

  1. Wholly, entirely, completely

I’ve learned this altogether unpleasant lesson myself.

  1. With all or everything included

The bill amounted to altogether two thousand rupees.

  1. With everything considered; on the whole

Aaron seemed to be a little wary of the bison, which wasn’t altogether a bad thing.


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Would you advise me on giving advice?

Would you advise me on giving advice? This is another major confusing set of words. Let’s look at them.


Origin of this word can be traced back to Old French word aviser. Also ad- (towards) + viso (look). Advise is used as verb where as advice is it’s noun form.

Verb and how it’s used?

  1. give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following

If only Mom were here to advise her.

  1. recommend as desirable, wise, prudent

He’ll advise you and help you in ways I can’t.

  1. give (a person, group) information or notice

It was stupid to eat something from the woods without having someone to advise her.


It has same origin as ‘advise’. It’s a noun form of ‘advise’.

Noun and how it’s used?

  1. an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct

I can’t protect you if you disregard my advice like a child.

  1. a communication, especially from a distance, containing information

Fred was referring to a coffee class of elderly town patriarchs whose words and advice on just about anything was often quoted in the local paper.

  1. an official notification, especially one pertaining to a business agreement

Advice leaflets are available which you can download in pdf format.


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Adapt, adept and adopt

Adapt, adept and adopt seem to confuse many people. Let’s look at those individually to eliminate any confusion.


This word comes from Latin adaptāre (to fit to) i.e. ad (to) + aptare (to make fit); or from French word adapter

Verb and how it is used?

  1. Make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly

By the end of the second day, she had adapted to the guests and felt completely at ease – a state that Claudette apparently wanted to shatter.

  1. to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc

He needed to adapt his strategies when dealing with her.


This word comes from French adopter, from Latin adoptare; ad (to) + optare (choose, desire).

Verb and how it is used?

  1. to choose or take as one’s own; make one’s own by selection or assent

We can adopt children.

  1. to take and rear (the child of other parents) as one’s own child, by a formal legal act

After we get married, I will adopt Simon legally.

  1. to vote to accept

The committee adopt the new suggestion about investing into retail market.


This word comes from French adepte, from Latin adeptus (who has achieved)

Adjective and how it is used?

  1. very skilled; proficient; expert

While Fred, and to a lesser extent Cynthia, had solved crossword in the newspaper, neither were particularly adept at it.

Noun and how it is used?

  1. a skilled or proficient person; expert

With each brushstroke she became an adept artist

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Do you live by principle or principal?

Do you always get confused between ‘principal’ and ‘principle’ while drafting? Here are some guidelines.


This word comes from Old French Principe, from Latin principium

Noun and how it’s used?

  1. An accepted or professed rule of action or conduct

The principle of equality of nations that inhabit our country is strictly adhered by.

  1. a fundamental assumption

We need some sort of principles to reason from.

  1. a fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion

There are principles of natural justice.

  1. a personal or specific basis of conduct or management

I don’t doubt your principles.

  1. A rule or law of nature, or the basic idea on how the laws of nature are applied

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics implies that vacuum fluctuations are present in every quantum theory.


This word is derived from Latin prīncipālis which is equivalent to prīncip (prince) + -ālis (kind of)

Adjective and how it’s used?

  1. first or highest in rank,importance,value;chief;foremost

After all she went through; her principal worry was that you were going to beat her with your hairbrush.

  1. Constituting capital

A principal investment

Noun and how it’s used?

  1. A chief or head especially of school or college

We met with the principal who looked it all over.

  1. (Law) One who directs another to act on one′s behalf

When an attorney represents a client, the client is the principal who permits the attorney, the client′s agent, to act on the client′s behalf.

  1. (Law) Primary participant in a crime

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When to use accept and except?

People seem to use these two words almost interchangeably. Let’s have a look at these two confusing words.


Origin of this word from ad/ac + capio (to take) from Latin accepto (receive)


  1. To take or to receive
  2. To agree or to consent
  3. To respond or answer affirmatively
  4. To undertake the responsibility
  5. To receive or admit formally
  6. To accommodate
  7. To regard as true

How to use it?

  1. I hope you accept this by the time the baby is born.
  2. Give her a little time to accept the idea.
  3. Maybe she should accept a few dates now and then.
  4. He knew she would accept his family – unconditionally.
  5. With regret, she realized her father was right: no one could accept someone like her.


It originates from exceptus (Latin)


  1. used to indicate exclusion of something.

How it is used?

  1. There were all there except me.
  2. They didn’t have anything she didn’t possess – except
  3. Used to imply only
  4. Otherwise then


How it is used?

  1. I don’t believe in catch-and-release except if the fish is simply too small.
  2. well fortified except here

Confusions with weather, whether and climate


Weather finds its origin in old English weder.


  1. The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.
  2. It is also used to describe a strong wind and/or storm
  3. Also used to describe changes or vicissitudes in one’s fortunes

How it is used?

  1. The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend.
  2. With so many people in their house, it was fortunate that the weather was warm and dry so they could utilize the courtyard for the children.
  3. She remained a good friend in all weather.
  4. to expose to the weather; to withstand weather
  5. to discolour,disintegrate,or affect injuriously,as by the effects of weather
  6. to bear up against and come safely through(a storm,danger,trouble,etc)


How it is used?

  1. A XYZ company weathered losses before marketing their new product.
  2. These stones have weathered for centuries.
  3. She weathered a severe illness before she could participate in school sports activities.

Confusion with Whether

Whether is a conjunction used in English, to introduce the first of two or more alternatives.

  1. Used before the second or later alternative,usually with the correlative

“It matters little whether we go or stay. Whether we go or whether we stay, the result is the same.”

  1. Used as implied or understood, or some clause or element not  involving alternatives

“I doubt whether we can do it any better.”

Should you use climate or weather?

Climate is composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years. Hence, in order to describe short period of atmospheric conditions use weather whereas, to describe atmospheric conditions over period of time use climate.

Climate is also used to describe a particular region and hence can be used as “I moved to much warmer climate”.

Word of the day: Belligerent


Origin of the word can be traced back to Italy. It comes from bellum (war) + gero (I lead or wage)

When used as adjective Belligerent means warlike.

  1. Belligerent speech
  2. Recently created situation by Pakistan because of cease firing, can be termed as Belligerent

When used as noun it can be used to denote state or nation at war.


How it is used?

  1. His belligerent attitude toward car driving became the reason for this thought provoking drama.
  2. She ignored him and he was going to pay for his belligerent
  3. It is belligerent nationalism that is haunting South Asia for 50 years.