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Oct 3 2008   1:38PM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — imply or infer?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

magnifying-glass.jpg Which is correct?
In your speech to stockholders, were you _______ that fourth quarter earnings will depend on foreign markets?
a. inferring
b. implying

Answer: b

To imply means to say something but not really spell it out. To infer means to draw a conclusion from something, such as a vague statement.
If you are saying something, you are implying it. If you are concluding something, you are inferring it.

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