Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Imply vs Infer

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Again some of the best copy for the blog comes from my inquisitive students.

All of a sudden last week, one asks: ''What's the difference between imply and infer?''

These words are often confused, but there is a key distinction.

Imply - to suggest
Ex. When the mayor refused to rule out more taxes, he implied more taxes are possible.

Infer - to draw a conclusion
Ex. Jack inferred from his boss' loud tone that he was angry.

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