Imply/Infer

Imply or Infer?

Imply means "to state indirectly."

Infer means "to draw a conclusion."

You may infer something from an implication, but you would not imply something from an inference.

Incorrect: She implied that he was from Canada by his accent.

Correct: She inferred that he was from Canada by his accent.

Incorrect: The poem inferred that the lover was unfaithful.

Correct: The poem implied that the lover was unfaithful.

Correct: He inferred from the poem that the lover was unfaithful.

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