Commonly misused words
The following is a list of words that are commonly confused or misused, even by native English speakers.
To administrate means to manage or organize. A drug is administered, not administrated. Administration, however, is the noun of administer, which may lead to this common mistake.
|avoid||Gastric ulcers were induced in rats by administrating 20% acetic acid.|
|better||Gastric ulcers were induced in rats by administering 20% acetic acid.|
|avoid||IFN was self-administrated subcutaneously.|
|better||IFN was self-administered subcutaneously.|
As verbs: affectmeans to have an influence on; effectmeans to cause or bring about.
“The addition of MX-68 to cultured rat cells affected polyglutamate formation” (ie, could have either induced, increased or decreased).
“The addition of MX-68 to cultured rat cells effected polyglutamate formation” (ie, induced, brought it about).
As nouns: affectmeans an emotional feeling, tone or mood; effectmeans result.