The difference between infer and imply


To imply is to hint at something without saying it directly. It goes from you to the person to whom you are talking. Direction-wise it is like throwing a ball.

To infer is to deduce something that was not directly said. Direction-wise it is like catching a ball.

Basically, you imply, I infer.

These two words are incorrectly used so often that in a decade or two they will probably be synonyms. Just like literally has become a synonym for figuratively.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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