Allude vs. Ellude

Allude vs. Ellude

Allude and elude are often confused, and it's easy to understand why. After all, they are spelled similarly, and they also sound very much alike. Take a moment to read about how these two words are different so that the next time you need to use one of them, you will choose correctly!

Allude is a verb that means to call attention to something without coming right out and mentioning it. It means "to hint at" something.

1. When she called my mother about my behavior today, the teacher alluded to several other times when I had misbehaved.

2. In the book, the writer alluded to the story of Noah and the flood.

3. Karen alluded to the fact that she didn't have the money, but she didn't come right out and say she couldn't go to the movies with me.

4. Poetry often alludes to other works of literature.

Elude is a verb that means to evade or escape.

1. The toddler managed to elude his mother by squeezing under a table that she had to walk around.

2. The suspect eluded police for several hours while they searched from house to house.

3. I know that person, but her name eludes me.

4. John was able to elude the punishment by apologizing to the teacher.

While allude and elude may sound similar enough that no one would notice if you use them incorrectly in your spoken language, the incorrect use of these words is definitely noticeable in your writing. Elude embarrassment by using them correctly!

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