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Apr 26 2010   2:57PM GMT

Allude or refer?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
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allude or refer
Business writing
CIO
commonly confused words
grammar
Quiz

Which is correct?
The Managing Director _______ to a study claiming an 81% error reduction rate for computerized systems.
a. referred
b. alluded


Answer: a.

Explanation:
To allude to something is to make a vague reference. In this case, the reference is clear so refer is the word we want.

Paul Brians includes allude vs. refer in his big list of commonly confused words.

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