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Saturday, August 27, 2016



Ascent is a noun that denotes “the act of rising or mounting upward” or “an advance in social status or reputation”. Its verb form is ascend.
“China Car Surge Sends Palladium on Steepest Ascent in Six Years”
“Justin Trudeau’s Surprising Ascent”
The New Yorker
“The ascent from virtualization to the cloud”
Meanwhile, assent has two uses. It can be used as a noun which means “the expression of approval or agreement”.
“Historic one nation, one tax enabling bill gets Elders’ assent”
The New Indian Express
“Reports advise on obtaining informed consent from parents, assent from patient”
AAP News
“Same-sex Manx marriages can go ahead after Royal Assent”
BBC News
Assent may also be used as a verb that denotes “to express approval or agreement, typically officially.”
“President ‘reluctant’ to assent to Bill to cap interest rates, says Treasury CS”
K24 TV
“Chisi urges Mutharika not to assent to Customary Land bill: ‘Malawians should not pay fees for their land’”
Nyasa Times
“Raila urges President Kenyatta to assent to interest rate Bill”
Citizen TV
Sometimes, a third word, accent, gets thrown into the mix with these two. As a noun, it means “a distinctive mode of pronunciation of a language, especially one associated with a particular nation, locality, or social class”.
“Reader worries her obese stepdaughter with a Southern accent will not get a job”
Washington Post
“Is Siri Racist? Why Virtual Assistants Can’t Understand Accents”
Huffington Post
Accent may also be used as a verb which means “to emphasize a particular feature”.
“Latino players want real names, accented”
Bend Bulletin
To summarize, remember these three things: Ascent is usually used as a noun referring to the act of rising or mounting upward or climbing in social status. Assent is an expression of agreement. Lastly, accent is a way of speaking.

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