attribute vs contribute : Common Errors in English

About attribute vs contribute

When trying to give credit to someone, say that you attribute your success to their help, not contribute. (Of course, a politician may attribute his success to those who contribute to his campaign fund, but probably only in private.)

attribute Meaning(s)

  • (n) a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
  • (n) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  • (v) attribute or credit to
  • (v) decide as to where something belongs in a scheme

contribute Meaning(s)

  • (v) bestow a quality on
  • (v) contribute to some cause
  • (v) be conducive to
  • (v) provide

attribute in News

  1. Creative Laundry Systems Presented Ideas on the Changing Role of Laundry in Marketing Apartments at Marcus and ...

    Advances in equipment can transform laundry from a low value necessity into a rent enhancing amenity in Class A, B and C communities. It is especially important in competitive markets where internet marketing makes any unique attribute a marketing plus. (PRWeb June 11, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Boys & Girls Clubs offering ‘Intro to Golf’ program

    BULLHEAD CITY — Many successful PGA Tour professionals will tell you they attribute their success on the golf course to early exposure to the game.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Mohave Daily News

  3. Gas Prices Stay Low in Mississippi

    Petroleum speculators attribute Mississippi's below-average gas prices, like the ones found at Love's Truck Stop on Hwy. 80 in Pearl, to stabile production from refineries.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Jackson Free Press

contribute in News

  1. Michigan may add checkoff funds to income tax forms

    Lansing — Michigan residents could contribute to funds aimed at fighting Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease through their income tax returns under legislation nearing final approval in Lansing.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Detroit News

  2. City Council will pay for cameras at rec centers

    City Council will contribute $3.6 million from its capital budget to pay for cameras at playgrounds and recreation centers.
    on June 12, 2013 Source:

  3. Immigrants Contribute More To Medicare Than They Take Out, Study Finds

    As Congress mulls changing America's border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare's finances, because they contribute tens of billions a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Jackson Free Press

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