What a difference a letter makes: Adopt vs. adapt

Writers who misuse these two words should modify their writing.

Adopt is to make one’s own, such as taking on the responsibility of a minor a child or integrating an idea into your belief system. For example, The city council plans to adopt strict restrictions on gentlemen’s clubs to discourage them from moving into town.

Adapt means to adjust to a situation. To wit, The company had to adapt to a new economic reality and change its product line.

Now, incorporate this knowledge with conviction!


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