New Tampa SAT Writing Tutor: Commonly Confused Words: Aggravate and Annoy

Posted on 17th May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was working with one of my SAT writing and reading students yesterday and we came across a practice SAT sentence correction question that required knowing the difference between to aggravate and to annoy.

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Back when I was at Stetson , I was blessed to have an English professor who explained the difference to me.

To aggravate is to make worse.
To annoy is to irritate.

Eating the spicy food aggravated my upset stomach.
Resuming training for the race so soon after I twisted my ankle aggravated the injury.

My boss is annoyed with me for being late this morning.
The chatter from the stands annoyed the Red Sox slugger.

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