Writing for Business - A Whatis.com Blog

May 1 2009   2:44PM GMT

Which is correct — imply or infer?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
Business writing
CIO
commonly confused words
imply/infer
Quiz
typing Which is correct?
The fact that the email had been deleted ______ that the evidence contained in it would have been damaging to the defendant.
a. implied
b. inferred

Answer: a

Explanation: To imply is to suggest something without stating it explicitly. To infer is to assume something that isn’t explicitly stated. A fact can imply something but only a person (or a smart animal) can infer something.

However, people can both imply and infer, so here’s another way to think about this one. If you’re the one who’s suggesting something (without coming right out and saying it), you’re implying. If you’re the one who thinks that someone else is suggesting something (without coming right out and saying it), you’re inferring.

 Comment on this Post

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: