Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
commonly confused terms, commonly misspelled words, spelling
Which is correct?
Forgo is the word you want here. It means, essentially, to give up or to go without willingly. A lot of people don’t understand that these are two different words, but they are. Forego means to go before, as in “Choose the right word to fill in the blank in the foregoing sentence.”
In a post on forego vs. forgo, Grammarist provides these examples of incorrect choices in the mainstream media:
The Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress could forego trying to approve a budget blueprint this year … [Reuters]
Unions representing the county’s 8,000 workers agreed to forego cost-of-living raises for the next two years … [Baltimore Sun]
Hobson announced he will forego his senior season in pursuit of his NBA dreams. [Daily Lobo]
No wonder so many of us get it wrong. But just because all the big kids do it doesn’t mean you should too. Set yourself apart by forgoing blindly following the leaders — especially if they’re heading over a cliff.
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