Precede and Proceed
Precede: go before
e.g. The speech is going to precede the performance.
Proceed: keep on going
e.g. Proceed with the plan until you receive instruction to stop.
Amused and Bemused
e.g. We were amused by your wonderful performance.
Bemused; bewildered or confused
e.g. The reporters were totally bemused by that contradictory information from the White House.
Allude and Elude
Allude: refer to
e.g. The witness was trying to allude to what another witness had said.
e.g. The defendant was trying to elude the question from the prosecutor.
Farther and Further
Farther: at a greater physical distance
e.g. This place is farther away from your parents’ home.
Further: at a greater figurative distance
e.g. His explanation is further from the truth.
Ascent and Assent
Ascent: rise to
e.g. The dictator’s ascent to power was sudden and swift.
e.g. There was little assent between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue.
Formally and Formerly
e.g. The manager formally announced your promotion.
e.g. He was formerly the President of this company.
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