Edit This Grammar Lesson: Undo vs. Undue
Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss undo vs. undue. Do you know the difference between them?
Undo and Undue are examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.
So, let's dive right in, shall we?
Undo has several meanings, including to reverse or erase. It can also mean to untie, unwrap, destroy, or cause a downfall.
* I promise to undo what you've built.
* Please undo your shoelaces.
* I can't undo that knot.
Undue means excessive or exceeding what is normal. It can also be used when referring to something unjust or not yet payable.
* He gave the error undue attention.
* He has an undue loan on file.
* This decision shouldn't cause undue hardship.
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