Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Common Usage Problems (Part 8 of 16)

Do you have options or alternatives? I’m amazed that people have trouble over this one, but they do. Here’s the rule as simply as I know to phrase it.

When you have several ideas on how to do something, that means you have options. If you have only one possibility, it’s an alternative.

One expert says to think of the “o” in options as meaning one of many.

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