“Imply” or “Infer”

Imply_Infer325pxA lot of people, writers included, have difficulty with the proper usage of each of these words.  I cringe when I see on TV or read in a book a character saying, “I don’t know what you’re trying to infer by that, but…”

Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl, has the clearest explanation for how each of these words can be used correctly. As you can see from her article, and the graphic accompanying this post, it’s dependent on whether you’re the writer or reader, speaker or listener.



About The Word Of Jeff

I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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