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ADVERSE Harmful or unfavorable. Scattered
meetings can have an adverse impact on employee productivity. AVERSE Having strong dislike or disposition. Many employees are averse to a messy schedule of scattered meetings.
ADVICE A proposal for a
course of action. Her advice was to cluster meetings at a set period of time during the day to maintain. ADVISE To give guidance; to offer a suggestion. She advised all new employees to cluster meetings to help manage an efficient work schedule.
AFFECT (v) To alter or
influence; to move to motion. (n) Feeling or emotion. The manager's harsh attitude toward his performance really affected Billy. EFFECT (v) To give guidance; to offer a suggestion. (n) Desired impression. The new campaign had a positive effect for the team's quarterly goals.
COMPLIMENT A polite expression. She
showered her teammates with compliments whenever she possibly could. COMPLEMENT To complete. Her design work complemented the rest of the campaign beautifully.
CRITERIA A basis for comparison
(plural). There was a set of criteria every new hire was expected to meet in the first week. CRITERION A basis for comparison (singular). The only criterion for the job was a willingness to work round-the- clock.
DISCREET Careful in action or
speech. Her discreet cough signaled the presenter to wrap up his speech within the next ten minutes. DISCRETE Individually separate and distinct. Comparing each discrete channel allowed for an analysis of what was and wasn't working.
ELICIT To evoke a response
or answer. Even when she's fully confident in her work, Mary would elicit positive feedback from her peers. ILLICIT Forbidden by rules or custom; illegal. Everyone knew about their illicit office affair - no matter how hard they tried to hide it.
FARTHER A great distance. The
new office was farther from her apartment than she initially estimated. FURTHER To advance. After a series of debates, the team lead canceled further discussion for a few days.
FORMALLY Officially; with proper etiquette.
She was formally introduced to the CEO after concluding the application process. FORMERLY In the past; in earlier times. The new space, formerly owned by Company X, will be renovated this week.
i.e. Roughly meaning “it is.”
He said the design came out differently than his vision - i.e., we were about to get some feedback for edits. e.g. Roughly meaning “for example.” His recommendations for a new design followed a more traditional art form - e.g., the Coca-Cola logo.
IMPLY To suggest. The salesman
often referenced his years of experience to imply he was superior to the other reps. INFER To conclude. Based on the data available, one could infer that email was the strongest performing channel.
INSURE To secure or protect.
By having a set policy, they might insure the company from potential lawsuits. ENSURE To be certain of. She ensured the executive suite heard her thoughts loud and clear.
INTO In the direction of
something. She hurried into the conference room five minutes early to get the seat with the extra padding. IN TO Combo of adverb “in” preposition “to.” She decided to call in to the meeting rather than try to find an open seat in the packed room.
IT’S A contraction for “it
is.” It's in her best interest to complete the final product by the assigned deadline. ITS Possessive form of “it.” Each team likes to boast that its office space is the best heated.
ME The person a thing
is done to. When the report is done processing, please forward it to Sarah and me. I The person doing the thing. You and I will forward her the report once it's done processing.
NUMBER Used to count, measure,
and label. There are a set number of applicants that we can invite to the final interview. AMOUNT The total collection in size or extent. The interview process requires a tremendous amount of effort from the entire team.
PRECEDE To come before something
in time. The rant that preceded the official presentation was a waste of everyone's time. PROCEED To begin or continue a course of action. She proceeded with the rant even after noticing everyone's lacking interest.
PRINCIPAL The head of something.
The high employee turnover was a principal concern of the company. PRINCIPLE A fundamental rule of conduct. The manager had a set list of principles for the team to learn.
THEY’RE A contraction for “they
are.” They're in for a rude awakening when the yearly earnings are publicized. THEIR Possessive of “they.” The employees often exercised their right to unlimited vacation.
WHO Used when referencing a
person. Janet was always the employee who went the extra mile to get the project done. THAT Used when referencing an object. Despite Janet's hard-working nature, she worked on the team that was known for laziness.
WHO’S A contraction for “who
is.” Who's responsible for the recent campaign that went viral? WHOSE Possessive form of “who.” Was it Janet whose team was known for laziness?
YOU’RE A contraction for “you
are.” When you're ready, let's head to the ice cream social. YOUR Possessive form of “you.” The COO will always ask for your favorite ice cream flavor.