Ah, you say, therein lies the rub. A "good" copy editor. Oh, I know there are still some out there, somewhere. Someone who knows the difference between bring/take, between/among, or before/in front of. And this list isn't conclusive. There are more. But I'm going to touch on these today.
Bring/take - I've written about this before. Bring is a word that means to come to a place with someone or something, as in: I will bring the salad to the picnic. (you are here right now, you'll go somewhere else, but return "here" with the salad - 2 actions.) On the other hand, take means to remove something from a place and move it to another place. I will take the salad to the picnic. (you are here with the salad and will physically move it "there" - 1 action.)
Between/among - between is a word used when there are only two people involved - Between you and me. Among is for when there are more than two people - Let's just keep this among the four of us.
before/in front of - before is a word that means during the period of time preceding a particular event, date or time - She had to rest before continuing. The day before yesterday. In some dictionaries, it is also used to mean "in front of", but according to all the grammar books I've seen, in front of is the preferred usage when talking about physical placement: He stood in front of me.
further/farther - although the two are often used interchangeably, farther is generally given preference when referring to space or distance and further when referring to time, degree, or an addition of something. We walked farther into the woods. (distance - far) You'll get no further assistance from me. (meaning more or how much of something).
Okay, end of rant for the day. All I ask is that you keep an eye out for these words. It's all right (note - two words, not the slang, grammatically unacceptable alright) to make mistakes - we all do. But good editors should know the basics. As should good writers. It wouldn't hurt any of us to pick up a good grammar book and take a look at it occasionally.
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