Writing for Business

Apr 26 2010   2:57PM GMT

Allude or refer?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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

Answer: a.

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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