Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tricky Words (Part 1 of 8)

Do I "home" or "hone?"

Although both are useful verbs, their meanings differ. To hone means to sharpen: Each day I hone my writing skills and I'm improving.

To home—usually written as "to home in on" means to aim at a destination or target with accuracy: Ignore the damage, just home in on the target.

Here's my easy-to-remember rule. If you add "in on" after the verb, you probably need to use home.

As professional writers we don't guess at word meanings; 
we know their definitions.

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