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Chinese vs Japanese Writing   A system of writing was first developed in China during the Shang Dynasty approximately 1600 BCE while it was around AD 600, that a writing system was developed in Japan. Initially borrowing the Chinese writing system, the Japanese eventually made alterations to these Chinese characters,... 
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Council vs Counsel   Council and counsel are two words that are commonly being confused for one another due to their uncanny similarity. Nearly identical in their pronunciation as well as their spelling, it is quite difficult to discern the difference between council vs counsel. Regardless of the proximity of the... 
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Ritual vs Tradition   Every society and culture has a set of rituals and traditions that make it different from others. These are unwritten laws and norms pertaining to behavior and action when interacting with others in the society. These rituals and traditions also pertain to events and ceremonies that... 
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Remember vs Recall   Remember and recall are words in English language that are very similar in meaning. There are many who feel that the two words are synonymous and make use of these words interchangeably. However, the words are not same, and you cannot use them interchangeably. This article attempts to... 
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So vs Such   So and Such are two words in English language that are used very commonly but create confusion in the minds of the learners of the language. This is because of similarities in their meanings, but students have to remember the differences between their structures. This article attempts to highlight... 
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Anaphora vs Parallelism   Repetition is a style of writing used by writers, to achieve many things. A writer repeats an idea mainly because he feels it is important. This repetition draws the attention of the reader. There are many ways of repeating an idea and repetition can take place within a sentence,... 
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Proximal vs Distal   Proximal and distal are terms that are used to indicate distances from a standard point of reference. These are terms that are mostly used in the medical world and not used commonly in daily conversation. Proximal is the opposite of distal. This article takes a closer look at proximal and distal... 
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Ambition vs Aspiration   Human life is full of longing for things that are material in nature. There are two words ambition and aspiration that are often used for emotions or feelings that we have for rank, fame, power, money, and everything else that connotes success in life. It is our ambitions in life... 
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Amend vs Emend   Amend and emend are two words in English language that can be very confusing for students trying to master it. The two words are quite similar in meaning and also sound pretty similar. However, the two of them cannot be used interchangeably in all contexts. There are slight differences between... 
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All Ready vs Already   Already and all ready are two different terms used commonly in English language. They are much confused by students of English language because of the fact that they sound identical. Already is a word, whereas all ready is a phrase. Despite sounding similar, they are written differently... 
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Already vs Yet   The words already and yet are used to talk about events that have happened before now or haven’t happened just before now. Both already and yet are very similar in meaning thereby confusing the students of English language. However, despite similarities, there are differences between these... 
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Amnesty vs Pardon   Amnesty and pardon are similar sounding words as both pertain to the acts of clemency where the executive or the supreme authority of a country chooses to excuse the offense of an individual or a group of people without exacting penalty. Someone who gets a pardon and is currently serving... 
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Alien vs Immigrant   Alien is a word that is used often in American newspapers as well as by the politicians of the country. This term has a meaning that is similar to the definition of an immigrant. In the US, these two words are quite misunderstood, and they are used interchangeably by people to refer to... 
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Alienation vs Isolation   Alienation and isolation express similar condition or feeling of being alone or loneliness. There are many similarities and quite a bit of overlap between isolation and alienation. In fact, many people tend to think of these terms as synonymous and use them interchangeably. Despite similarities,... 
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Aid vs Aide   There is only an additional letter ‘e’ that separates aid from aide, but this single letter makes all the difference that is the source of confusion and misunderstanding. Both aid and aide have the same pronunciations creating further problems for the students of English language. Not knowing... 
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Adieu vs Au Revoir   Au Revoir and Adieu are French words that are used to bid farewell. Both are commonly used to make it confusing for the students of French language to choose either of the two in a particular context. In a sense, both relate with Good Bye in English. However, there is also a word farewell... 
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