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No longer so troubling – farther, further, good, well, bad, badly

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More troubling pairs – optimal, optimum, good, well, bad, badly

As with the words minimal and minimum discussed in the previous post on troubling pairs, the words optimal and optimum are also often used interchangeably. Indeed, optimal and optimum can also be synonyms, but while optimum can function as both an adjective and a noun, optimal is just used as an adjective. Unlike minimal and …

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