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Discriminate between QUANTITY and Num
“What quantity of melons have you?" Use number. “What number of apples have you?” Say, “What quantity.” Quantity refers to that which is weighed or measured; number to that which is counted.
Discriminate in the use of QUITE. Don't say,
“He had quite a fortune left him,” “ Quite a number were present”; say, “a considerable fortune," "a considerable number." Don't say,
“He is quite a gentleman”; say, “quite gentlemanly." Quite may qualify an adjective, but not a noun.
Discriminate between RARE and RARELY.
“ It is very rarely that a man will accuse himself of crime." Use rare. We
might just as well say, “ It is very sadly that he should do so."
Discriminate in the use of REAL. It is an
Americanism to say “It is real nice, real
beautiful, real good,” etc. Use very. Discriminate in the use of RECOMMENDED and
COUNSELED. In the sentence, “ It was resolved by the meeting that the school board be recommended to use as a text-book," etc.,
use counseled. Discriminate between REMEMBER and Rec
OLLECT. One must not be confounded with the other. We try to recollect a thing or an event, when we do not remember it. The act of re-collecting — recollecting — the facts pre
cedes the act of remembering. Discriminate between RELIGION and PIETY.
Max Müller says: “Religion means two very different things. It means a body of doctrines handed down by tradition, or in canonical books, and containing all that constitutes the faith of Jew, Christian, or Hindoo. It also means that faculty which, independent of, nay, in spite of, sense and reason, enables man to apprehend the Infinite under different names and under varying guises."
Piety,” Richard Grant White contends, “is that motive of human action which has its spring in the desire to do good, in the reverence of what is good, and in the spontaneous respect for the claims of kindred or gratitude. Hence, there are many religions, but one piety. Men holding different views of religion, as Mohammedans, Roman Catholics, and Protestants, may be pious with the same piety."
Discriminate in the use of RENDITION, REN
DERING, and PERFORMANCE. “ The rendition of the character was admirable"; use rendering: “The rendition of the play was excellent"; use performance. Rendition means a yielding, a surrendering, as of a town, fortress, etc.
Discriminate in the use of RIDE and DRIVE.
Although ride means, according to nearly all the English and American dictionaries, “an excursion on horseback, or in a carriage,” fashion says we must use drive instead. Hence, to be fashionable, don't say, “I am going for a ride"; use drive.
Discriminate in the use of RIGHT. Don't say,
“ You had a right to speak”; say, “you ought”; “They had no right to pay the ex
cessive charges ”; say, “They were under no obligation,” or “ were not in duty bound,” etc. Don't say, “ Right here,” and “right there”;
say “just here," and "just there." Discriminate in the use of Saw. When the
period of time referred to by a speaker or writer extends to the time of making a statement, the perfect participle, have seen, must be used instead of saw. Hence, don't say, “I never saw such a beautiful sunset before"; use have seen. It is correct to say, “I never saw such a beautiful sunset, when I was in London."
Discriminate in the use of SECTION. It is an
Americanism to use section for a region, portion of country, neighborhood, or vicinity.