Caveat auctor!

Translation: Careful author! English is an interesting language because we have borrowed many words and phrases directly from other modern and ancient languages. Being a romance language, many of our words have roots in Latin. To this day, we also use actual Latin phrases, but because few people learn, let alone speak, Latin anymore, these phrases are often misused. Perhaps one cause for confusion is that we often see these phrases in their abbreviated forms which obscures their full form and makes their meanings even less easy to decipher. Let's take a look at some commonly used Latin phrases, shall we? et cetera (etc.) Translation: and the rest Pronunciation ​How to use: in place of writin

Lead vs. Led

Recently, I've seen some confusion over the words 'lead' and 'led.' Confusingly, the first spelling has multiple pronunciations, which is what I think is causing the problem. Let's take a look: Lead Pronunciation: /lēd/ rhymes with: weed, feed, seed, bead Verb: 3rd person present tense meaning to guide, command, or be in charge, [This CEO will lead our company into the next year.] cause, [These clues lead me to believe that it was an accident.] or have a certain way of being​ [You can't lead a true life without suffering. (Mahatma Ghandi)] Noun: being an example or in a place ahead of others, [The red team is in the lead with five points.] a leash for pets, [Dogs should be kept on a lead.] p

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