Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Today's English lesson

From EnglishPlus:

Aggravate or Irritate?

Aggravate mean "to make worse." The root is grave, in the sense of "serious." Remember this root when spelling the word.

Irritate means "to exasperate" or "to inflame."
Incorrect: His teasing aggravated me.

Correct: His teasing irritated me.

Incorrect: That meal irritated my condition.

Correct: That meal aggravated my condition.

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