assess : Common Errors in English

About assess

“Assess” is a transitive verb; it needs an object. You can assess your team’s chances of winning the bowl game; but you cannot assess that they are playing better than last year. “Assess” is not an all-purpose synonym of “judge” or “estimate.” Most of the time if you write “assess that” you are making a mistake. The errors arise when “that” is being used as a conjunction. Exceptions arise when “that” is a pronoun or adverb: “How do you asssess that?” “I assess that team’s chances as good.”

assess Meaning(s)

  • (v) evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
  • (v) charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
  • (v) set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
  • (v) estimate the value of (property) for taxation

assess in News

  1. County to assess oilfield equipment

    Commissioners this week greenlighted County Assessor Janell Enlow’s request to hire outside expertise, to begin a Phase 1 physical assessment of oil and gas transfer facilities in the county and approximately 1/3 of all the commercial enterprises.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Sapulpa Daily Herald

  2. NWS Assess the Damage

    BELMOND, IA – The National Weather Service from Des Moines came to the Belmond area to assess the damage that was done by the tornado that hit the area.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: KIMT Mason City

  3. Utilizing The Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, Let's Assess The Damage Done By Hurricane Nia

    The National Climactic Data Center reported that extreme weather caused $110 billion worth of damage to the United States last year, but they've yet to assess the cost associated with the Northwest's recent Hurricane Nia. We should all brace ourselves for the worst. Nia swept through Portland during this season of "Real World," leaving much of [...]
    on June 14, 2013 Source: MTV

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