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similar construction. Therefore, do not say, "I met Florence on Wednesday, and which was very pleasing to me," which is not only grammatically incorrect, but is faulty in that it introduces an altogether useless word. Omit the "and."

and, to: These terms are not interchangeable. One does not "try and do a task," but "one tries to do it."

anger. Compare temper.

angry. Compare mad.

angry at, with: A man may be angry at or about a hurt, never with it; he is angry at rather than with a dog. We may be angry with a person.

annoyed at, by, with: Note the correct use of the prepositions. "He will be annoyed at or by complaints" (if they are made); "He will be annoyed with complaints" (because they will surely be made).

another from: Misused for another than; as, "judges of quite another stamp from his Majesty's judges of Assize," for "of quite another stamp than, etc.

another such: These words should be used always in this order. Avoid "such another mistake," as incorrect; "another such mistake" is better.

answer, reply: Discriminate carefully between these words. The Standard Dictionary, quoting Crabb says, "an answer is made to a question; a

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