\u201cAllude\u201d and \u201celude\u201d sound alike, but using the wrong one could change the meaning of a sentence entirely, so you need to be careful! Follow our advice below and you should be able to avoid mistakes in your written work.\r\nAllude (Suggest Indirectly)\r\nThe verb \u201callude\u201d means \u201csuggest indirectly\u201d or \u201chint at\u201d something:\r\nIn his use of metaphors about family throughout the novel, the author alludes to his domestic life, but he does not make this explicit.\r\nHere, for example, we say \u201calludes to\u201d to show that the author only hints at his domestic life in his writing. The alternative would be to directly say \u201cthis is about my domestic life.\u201d The noun form of this word, meanwhile, is \u201callusion.\u201d\r\nElude (Escape or Fail to Achieve)\r\nOn a literal level, the verb \u201celude\u201d can mean \u201cescape from\u201d:\r\nThe criminal eluded the police for two months.\r\nHowever, \u201celude\u201d often indicates a failure to achieve something rather than a literal escape. In cases like this, we say the thing in question has "eluded" us, as if we were chasing it and it had got away.\r\n\r\nFor instance, if we were having trouble sleeping, we might say:\r\nSleep eludes me.\r\nLikewise, if you can\u2019t remember a word, you could say that it has \u201celuded\u201d you.\r\nSummary: Allude or Elude?\r\nThese verbs sound similar, but they are very different in meaning:\r\n\r\n \tTo allude to something is to hint at it or mention it indirectly.\r\n \tTo elude something can mean \u201cescape\u201d or \u201cevade.\u201d However, it can also indicate a failure to achieve or realize something (e.g., if sleep eludes you, you may suffer from insomnia).\r\n\r\nIf you struggle to tell them apart, remember that elude and escape both start with \u201ce.\u201d So if you\u2019re escaping something, or something is escaping you, the right word will be \u201celude\u201d with an \u201ce.\u201d Otherwise, you may need \u201callude\u201d instead.\r\n\r\nAnd if correct spellings often elude you, we can help! Simply submit your writing to our outstanding proofreading service.