Turbid/Turgid

Turbid means “muddy” or “hazy.” It is often applied to water or speech. Turgid means “swollen, overflowing” or “pompous.” It also is usually applied to water, speech, or writing.

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Try And/Try To

The expression try and followed by a verb is nonstandard. Use try to instead. Incorrect: Try and do it again. Correct: Try to do it again.

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Tortuous/Torturous/Tortured

Tortuous means “winding, crooked” or “tricky to handle.” Torturous means “causing torture” or “painful in a cruel way.” Tortured as an adjective means “receiving torture” or “pained.” Examples: He had to take a tortuous route through the Alps. He survived the torturous existence of the concentration camp. The beggar gave a tortured look to the

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To/Too/Two

To is a preposition which begins a prepositional phrase or an infinitive. Too is an adverb meaning “excessively” or “also.” Two is a number. Many other words in English which reflect the number two are spelled with tw: twin, twice, between, tweezers, etc. Examples: We went to a baseball game. (preposition) We like to watch

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There’s/Theirs/Their’s

Theirs is a possessive pronoun. There’s is a contraction for there is or, rarely, there has. Note the apostrophe replacing the missing letter or letters. Their’s does not exist. Examples: That painting is theirs. (possessive pronoun) There’s more to this than meets the eye. (contraction of there is)

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