What is the difference between 'imply' and 'infer'? By the way, how do you find out whether an article is written by a non-native speaker or a native speaker?
When you imply something, you communicate an idea indirectly. Here's an example, Sanjay:
A: Where's that last piece of cake that was here on the table earlier? I wanted it.
B: Gee, I don't know. I thought you'd already eaten it.
A: No, I didn't touch it. Hmm . . . You were here all afternoon, right?
B: Yes, I was. Wait a minute! Are you implying that I ate it?
A: I didn't say that. YOU did.
When you infer something, you take the facts that you have and form an opinion or conclusion.
Paleontologists know that certain species of dinosaurs had feathers, but because their bones were thick and heavy, the scientists can infer that feathers didn't evolve only for flight.
|link||answered Jun 04 at 20:25 Richard Firsten Contributor|
To answer your second question: You would have to find out who the author is and then do some research about that person. As a native speaker, it is easy to notice the difference in most cases. However, there are times when a non-native speaker is so fluent, you can't tell. I have a young employee who is a native of Spain. He speaks Spanish at home and English at school and work. He speaks exactly like any other typical American teenage boy, with no accent or unusual word choices.
|link||answered Jun 04 at 23:11 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
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