Shakir's Style Guide

 

 

 

A

 

acknowledgement

with medial -e-, not acknowledgment. I'm not a newspaper and don't need to save characters. Fowler agrees with me in this case, but as he says, this is a 'matter of convention not of correctness or error'.

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alternative and alternate

Alternative is a choice (usually) between two options, though this is not strict and can be used correctly even when more than two options exist. 'An alternative algorithm is ...', 'Some alternatives are screened out'. Do not use alternate when alternative should be used. Alternate refers to actions coming one after the other or every second turn. 'We alternate between the following optimisation steps', 'it is constructed of alternate layers of ...'. Say, 'an alternative (not alternate) way to construct the model'.

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among or between

amount or number

as or since

 

 
   
 
antalope

Ilustration from: Topsell's Historie of Foure-footed Beastes (1607)