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Chapter 21. Troublemakers 1 > Allusion, Illusion

Allusion, Illusion

The written difference between these two terms is quite clear: They begin with different letters. However, the difference between the two terms in sound is very slight. Allusion is pronounced beginning with a sound similar to the a in about; illusion begins with a sound like i in ill. Read the following examples and then answer the preview questions.

  • The manager made an allusion to a possible wage increase during the conversation.

  • Is there an allusion to death in that poem?

  • The fancy building gives the illusion that the firm is wealthy.

  • Playing sports gives grandfather an illusion of youth.


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