Elude vs. Allude

Elude vs. Allude

Elude and allude sound similar, but their meanings differ widely.

Elude (verb) means

1. to successfully avoid or evade or

2. to fail to be understood or grasped by someone or something.

Examples:

1. "It is entirely impossible to elude to professors questions during class."

2. "Advanced principles of chemistry elude the comprehension of most humans."

Allude (verb) means to refer to something indirectly rather than specifically.

Examples:

1. "Stop alluding to the question, and just ask it directly."

2. "If I allude to the correct answer, is that cheating?"

Let's use both elude and allude together in the same sentence:

"If one alludes to the answer too profusely, the concept in question may elude even the wisest among us."

Circle the Correct Answer:

1. The principle alluded / eluded to the fact that there might be an assembly later in the day.

2. The complicated and stuffy way that you speak eludes / alludes our understanding and increases our frustration.

Answers: alluded, eludes

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