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Choosing Words Correctly

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Note: Quotes with Jesus speaking are referenced in red.

Choosing Words Correctly.

1. Use should have... not should of...
Note: Some speakers with a lack of effort will, incorrectly, say, "should uh."

I should have told the truth.

2. When using the word different in a comparison, use from instead of than.
Use different from... not different than...

...our earthly bodies which die and decay are different from the bodies we shall have when we come back to life again, for they will never die.
1 Corinthians 15:42.
In other comparisons, in which you don't use different use than (...more than...less than...greater than...ect.)

3. Use angry with... not angry at...

Jesus spoke about sin in thought saying,

"But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement." Matthew 5:22.
4. Use try to... not try and...

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
1 Thessalonians 5:15.
5. Use is that... not is because...

One of the reasons for believing in God is that His glory is reflected in the beauty of the Earth and the stars.

6. After state of being verbs (is/was...are/were) use due to... not because of...

The change in my life is due to my belief in Jesus Christ.

7. Without the presence of a state of being verb use because of... not due to...
(Note: these are prepositional phrases).

Blessed are you when people insult you, perscute you, and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Matthew 5:11.
8. Use must... not have got to...

I must read my Bible to strengthen my walk with Christ.

9. Use who to refer to people. Use that to refer to things.

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. John 9:13.

There is the man who gave sight to the blind man.

10. Compared to.....Compared with.....

compared to: to liken one thing to another type or category of things as in a metaphor.
"He compared teaching to being a cheerleader."
Likening teaching to cheerleading.

compared with: to examine similarities and differences within the same type or category.
"We compared Christian churches with Catholic churches."
How they are the same or different.

11. Like....As if....

like: a preposition used to compare nouns or pronouns.

....he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6.

as if: a conjunction used to introduce clauses.

Eric Liddle, in the movie, "Chariots of Fire," ran as if his life depended on it.

12. Convince....Persuade

convince: to be secure about a decision or principle.

Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24.
persuade: to induce someone to do something or embrace an idea.

Then Agrippa said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?" Acts 26:28.

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