March 30, 2016
amiss (adverb)
\uh-MISS\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: in the wrong way
How do you use it?
The guard looked into the room and, finding nothing amiss, went on his way.
Are you a word wiz?

Our writers wrote four sentences using the word "amiss," but three of them got it wrong. Which one of the sentences uses "amiss" correctly?

There's nothing amiss if you chose sentence A! Although this construction is a little old-fashioned, it is correct and appears in the works of writers such as Jane Austen. The writer of Sentence A is the only one who used "amiss" correctly—the others all went amiss. In Sentences B and C, "amiss" is used as an adjective instead of an adverb. In Sentence D, "amiss" is used as an adverb, but the context clearly gives "amiss" the wrong meaning.
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