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Dear Ted:

If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) I advise using that word.

2) I advise AGAINST using that word.

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) I advise using that word.

2) I advise AGAINST using that word.

If not, when should I use each of them?

*** The sentences are correct, but their meanings are entirely different.

I ADVISE USING -- These words mean that I feel the words are appropriate and SHOULD be used.

I advise using "corporation" instead of "company."

I advise using the plural form rather than the singular.

I ADVISE AGAINST USING -- Do NOT use the words.  They are not appropriate.

I advise against using the word "broads," when referring to females.

I strongly advise against using inflammatory words in public speaking.

Ted  

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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