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    the best choice of word for this example please?

    Dear teachers:

    Please take a look at the example below:

    "Are you trying to mislead them?"
    "No, I am not trying to mislead them, _____, I am leading them onto the right track!"

    At first I thought the word "instead" would work, then it just didn't sound quite right to me.

    Is "instead" Ok in here or are there any better choices(either words or phrases)?

    Thanks!

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    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Dear teachers:

    Please take a look at the example below:

    "Are you trying to mislead them?"
    "No, I am not trying to mislead them, _____, I am leading them onto the right track!"

    At first I thought the word "instead" would work, then it just didn't sound quite right to me.

    Is "instead" Ok in here or are there any better choices(either words or phrases)?
    Actually, In fact, really, in truth, the truth is, to the contrary, just the opposite, etc., etc., and etc.

    Thanks!
    Gil

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    #3

    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    So exhaustive!!! Thank you Gil!

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    #4

    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    In BrE, Gil's "to the contrary" would be "on the contrary".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    #5

    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    After 'mislead them', a semicolon would be the correct punctuation.

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    #6

    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    "Rather" is an option as well.

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    #7

    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    Alternatively, I could think of a few expletives which would fit nicely....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #8

    Re: the best choice of word for this example please?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Rather" is an option as well.
    Having seen the first few posts in this thread, I was beinning to thionk that 'rather' was a specifically Br Eng option. But obviously it's not .

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