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Grammar Police Monday - Seize Control of English Usage

Overtake vs Take over
To overtake means to catch up with and outrun, such as in a race.

To take over means to seize power, usually of a business or government.

Oversee vs Overlook
To oversee means to control and manage a process or activity.

To overlook means to forget about something entirely. 


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  1. Always interesting for non-native speakers like me. Have a lovely week.

  2. My wife would claim I overlook many things she tells me...

  3. Melissa takes over Mondays with Grammar Police! (:

  4. Isn't it crazy how such minor differences can make such a huge difference? The English language is baffling.

  5. This is great. There are so many terms that people mix up.

  6. It always fills me with relief to read one of these and know I do indeed have a firm grasp on how to properly use them. :)

  7. Your posts are getting as short as some of mine - LOL. I actually knew both of these. I get a star :)

    1. Yeah, I know this one's lame. LOL As a busy writer/blogger, though, I'm beginning to appreciate short posts. :D

  8. I'm also guilty of overlooking many things. Funny how words can be so similar, but mean the complete opposite.

  9. I think I use these correctly. A miracle! :D

  10. I overlooked this earlier in the week. Or was it last week? Dang. Can't keep anything straight anymore. Thanks for your diligence to better the world one word at a time!

    M.L. Swift, Writer


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