# Infer\Imply?

#### Tdol

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Does the usage bother you? ;-)

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
We imply something by what we say. We infer something from something somebody else says.

#### Tdol

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Do people use 'infer' for 'imply' in AE? It's becoming very common here. ;-)

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
tdol said:
Do people use 'infer' for 'imply' in AE? It's becoming very common here. ;-)

1. Oh, yes.
2. If somebody offered a correction every time that happened it would happen less often, but, of course, that doesn't happen.

:wink:

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
RonBee said:
tdol said:
Do people use 'infer' for 'imply' in AE? It's becoming very common here. ;-)

1. Oh, yes.
2. If somebody offered a correction every time that happened it would happen less often, but, of course, that doesn't happen.

:wink:

What can we infer from that implication?
:shock: What can we imply from that inference?

Cas

#### Tdol

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I think my brain just imploded. ;-)

#### Casiopea

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tdol said:
I think my brain just imploded. ;-)

Ok. I saw that and it was scary :shock:

#### Tdol

##### Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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Fortunately, it was a very small implosion. ;-)

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
Did anybody notice that I managed to use happen three times in one sentence? What did you infer from that?

:wink:

#### Tdol

##### Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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That you happen to have a limited vocab? ;-)))))

#### RonBee

##### Moderator
That's one possibility.

:wink:

Staff member
;-)

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#### darren

##### Guest
Casiopea said:
RonBee said:
tdol said:
Do people use 'infer' for 'imply' in AE? It's becoming very common here. ;-)

1. Oh, yes.
2. If somebody offered a correction every time that happened it would happen less often, but, of course, that doesn't happen.

:wink:

What can we infer from that implication?
:shock: What can we imply from that inference?

Cas

Casiopea teacher:
I need explaination on your second sentence. Why can we use imply there?

#### Tdol

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I don't think she likes it as much as the first, hence the eyes.;-)

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#### darren

##### Guest
tdol said:
I don't think she likes it as much as the first, hence the eyes.;-)

Can anyone explain the subtle differences between infer and imply with more details and examples?
Help needs.

#### Casiopea

##### VIP Member
darren said:
tdol said:
I don't think she likes it as much as the first, hence the eyes.;-)

Can anyone explain the subtle differences between infer and imply with more details and examples?
Help needs.

imply means to suggest something without actually saying it directly, whereas infer means to deduce or conclude something based on what someone else has said.

Example
Pat: Can you afford to buy that car?
Sam: Are you implying (i.e. saying) that I am poor?
Pat: No. Not at all. I meant that, because you have three cars already, you may not have the time or space to take care of a fourth car. You've inferred (i.e. concluded) the wrong meaning!

What can we imply from that inference? means, What can we say without actually saying it about what we have concluded or deduced from what someone else has said. Now that's a brain teaser. :shock:

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#### darren

##### Guest
Casiopea said:
darren said:
tdol said:
I don't think she likes it as much as the first, hence the eyes.;-)

Can anyone explain the subtle differences between infer and imply with more details and examples?
Help needs.

imply means to suggest something without actually saying it directly, whereas infer means to deduce or conclude something based on what someone else has said.

Example
Pat: Can you afford to buy that car?
Sam: Are you implying (i.e. saying) that I am poor?
Pat: No. Not at all. I meant that, because you have three cars already, you may not have the time or space to take care of a fourth car. You've inferred (i.e. concluded) the wrong meaning!

What can we imply from that inference? means, What can we say without actually saying it about what we have concluded or deduced from what someone else has said. Now that's a brain teaser. :shock:

thanks again. Now i understand it.

#### LUPITA

##### Member
you can infer something by means of external experience,
and you can imply sth. because of your own experience. :-D

#### Johannes

##### Member
tdol said:
Do people use 'infer' for 'imply' in AE? It's becoming very common here. ;-)

Without implying anything derogatory about AE, I wouldn't infer anything that's being "commonly used" necessarily to be grammatically correct, especially not in AE. :roll:

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#### Tdol

##### Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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Neither would I- I was curious about how common it is. ;-)