20 thoughts on “Confusions – 4

  1. Hello J,

    between
    take 😀
    were
    May
    specially
    lesser
    regard
    rein
    definitive
    historic

    Again I think I am not 10/10. Maybe 9?

    Regards 🙂
    Harsh

    • Thank you. I should have been more careful!

      If one were to use lesser, then the sentence would be “require a lesser effort”, or lesser is irrelevant here?

      Regards 🙂
      Harsh

      • Effort is fairly quantifiable, so I would avoid lesser here. I would use lesser in “the lesser of two evils” or “he is a lesser swordsman than his teacher” – cases where there is no scale of measurement and it is qualitative. “Duminy is a lesser batsman than Amla as of today” – basically there is no direct quantitative comparison possible.

        regards
        J

  2. Thankyou sir! But I don’t really get the difference between ‘definitive’ and ‘definite’. Could you please explain the reason behind taking the former into consideration and not the latter?

    • Definite means certain, precise. Definitive has the additional connotation of “complete”, i.e. we need look no further. It is the one-stop shop, the final authority.

      “The Oxford dictionary is the definitive source of current English usage”

      regards
      J

    • Because you obviously are physically capable of leaving the meeting. You can stand up and walk out any time you like. But if you haven’t asked permission, it could well cost you your job 😛

      regards
      J

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