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The difference between “principal” and “principle”

These words are pronounced the same way, but their meanings are different. “Principal” can be an adjective and a noun. It is most commonly used as an adjective, meaning “main” or “most important”: Her principal area of responsibility is economic … Continue reading

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The difference between “affect” and “effect”

Generally speaking, the difference is this: “affect” is a verb meaning to have an influence on, to cause a change in something (often negative), “effect” is a noun meaning a result. So, for example: If an area is affected by flooding, … Continue reading

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How to use the word “control”

“Control” can be either a noun or a verb. It is commonly misused in both instances. “Control” as a noun WRONG As the Branch is an organisational part of the Company, the public authorities may ask for these documents in … Continue reading

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The difference between Shareholders’ meeting and Shareholders meeting

Do you add the apostrophe to Shareholders’ meeting? Or do you prefer Shareholders meeting, without the apostrophe? Both are in fact correct. It may seem like a very small point, but misunderstanding the underlying grammar is the source of some … Continue reading

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Giving notice

There are two ways of expressing a notice period, as follows: Under Clause 4.2 one month’s notice is required in order to terminate the agreement. Under Clause 4.2 a one-month notice period is required in order to terminate the agreement. … Continue reading

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The difference between “money” and “monies” (or “moneys”)

In everyday English the word “money” is uncountable. It is not used in the plural. We say, e.g. I found some money under the bed / There is some money under the bed, whether it is one 1 cent coin … Continue reading

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How to use the word “consent”

In general, the word “consent” can be used in two different ways: (i) as an uncountable noun – this refers to the concept/idea of consent The management board must obtain prior written consent from the Shareholders’ Meeting in order to perform certain … Continue reading

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