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Morale, accent on second syllable, is a noun meaning “a person’s mental or emotional state.” Moral, accent on first syllable, is either a noun meaning “the lesson from a story” or an adjective meaning “virtuous, behaving according to high standards.” Examples: Team morale rose after the no-hitter. The moral of the story is “Never tell

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Assume has a variety of meanings. It basically means “to take up or on oneself,” “to suppose or take for granted,” “to pretend,” or “to be taken up.” The noun form is assumption. Presume is related to and similar to assume, but it has the sense of doing it beforehand. It means “to dare or

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The adverbs anyway, anywhere, everywhere, nowhere, and somewhere do not end with an -s. Incorrect: I put the pen somewheres around here. Correct: I put the pen somewhere around here.

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Quash usually applies to government or government authority. It means “to annul” or “legally invalidate.” Squash means “to squeeze” or “crush.” Examples: The “fairness doctrine” quashed media debates. The army squashed the demonstration in the capital.

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Use the word amount with quantities that cannot be counted and number with quantities that could be counted one-by-one. Examples: He had a small amount of ammunition left. He had a small number of bullets left. This follows a pattern similar to fewer and less.

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