By H. W. Fowler
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Not that the ignorant are now the only offenders; the following quotations are taken respectively from the title of a serious book, a review in the T L S , a speech by a Trade Union leader, and a speech by a Cabinet Minister. The SS: Alibi of a Nation. / It is doubtful whether an audience even of Mr. Wilso7i's coevals and juniors could be stimulated by a tract like this to anything but an extension of that bored mistrust of their elders which already provides so many of them with an alibi, j If people decide not to run after they have been nominated, that must not be used as an alibi to discredit the elected representatives of the people.
The only a. is to die. You may say lighted or lit or alight; there is no other a. The only aa. to it are gas and (not or) candles. 3. Alternative implies a choice, and should not be used where there is none, as a pretentious synonym for other, new, fresh, revised, and the like. This SLIPSHOD EXTENSION is very com- mon especially in official writing, perhaps because of the baneful influence of the cliché alternative accommoda- ambience tion. ) The meeting for the 24 Oct. has been cancelled; an alternative date will be announced as soon as possible (fresh).
The great landowners. It does not a. me. It may seriously a. e. injure) his health. A single glass of brandy may a. (alter for better or worse the prospects of) his recovery. A single glass of brandy may e. (bring about) his recovery. This will not a. (change) his purpose. This will not e. (secure) his purpose. affinity. The prepositions normally used after this are, according to context, between and with. When the sense is less relationship or likeness than attraction or liking, to or for are sometimes used instead of with.
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H. W. Fowler