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Convince vs. Persuade

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Mar 8, 2011 5:30:00 AM

These two verbs are too often confused, even by experienced writers. Perhaps the confusion stems from the acceptable use of either in certain contexts. We either convince or persuade someone of the value of a proposition or of the goodness of a certain action. But the two verbs part ways when we try to make them lead into complementary infinitives with works with persuade but does not with convince.

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Topics: verbs, complementary infinitives, convince, persuade

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