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IELTS Tips 101: Allude vs Elude, Which One to Use?

Allude vs Elude

Allude vs Elude, what are their key differences? The two words can be pretty similar with only two letters of difference. Some might think it is only about the spelling difference, and it can take some time for beginners to understand them fully. If it were that simple, we wouldn’t have written this today.

So you might ask, what are their differences, and how can we differentiate them? Fortunately, we have sorted that out all for you:

  • Defintion of Allude and Elude
  • Pronounciation of Allude and Elude
  • Synonyms & Antonyms of Allude and Elude
  • How to use Allude and Elude in a sentence
  • Example of mistakes of how Allude and Elude is often miused

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Allude vs Elude

Allude vs Elude: Definition

Allude (verb*)

  • Mean ‘referring to something/someone indirectly’ or ‘make hint on something/someone’
  • Always written in the manner of ‘allude to something/someone’

Elude (verb*)

  • Means ‘shunning away from something/someone’
  • If somethings elude you, it means you failed to achieve it

*Verb is a word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience

Allude vs Elude: Pronounciation

‘Allude’ and ‘Elude’ are strikingly similar in terms of spelling. To no surprise, this holds even to their pronunciation. However, the minor difference in pronunciation begins with their starting alphabet, ‘A’ and ‘E’, respectively. Thus, the information below will be helpful for people struggling to get them correct.

Allude (verb)

  • When pronouncing ‘Allude’, you break it into two parts. You start off with ‘uh’, then ‘lood’. The ‘uh’ is the uh you use when you are temporalily delayed and intending to continue with the conversation.
Pronunciation of Allude
Pronunciation of Allude

Elude (verb)

  • When pronoucing ‘Elude’, you break them into two parts as well. You start off witht the Alphebet ‘E’, and the rest is history.
Pronunciation of Elude
Pronunciation of Elude

Allude vs Elude: Synonyms*

To some of you reading this, the words ‘Allude’ and ‘Elude’ are not commonly used as you might not truly understand their differentiation. Hence we have included some more widely recognised synonyms for your use in your following essay:

Mention BrieflyEvade
SuggestRun Away
Synonyms of Allude & Elude

*Synonym is a word or phrase with the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or phrase in the same language.

Allude vs Elude: Antonyms*

So we have shared with you some of the synonyms you can use to replace ‘Allude’ and ‘Elude’. Now, if you might be curious and wondering, what are some words that have the opposite meanings to the two words? We have included the antonyms too for you to understand better how ‘Allude’ and ‘Elude’ can be applied in writings and even daily conversation:

Point outConfront
Antonyms of Allude and Elude

*Antonym is a word that means the opposite of another word.

Allude vs Elude: In a Sentence

So we have gone through ‘Allude’ and ‘Elude’, now it is time to apply them in our written sentences.

Allude (verb)

As previously explained, ‘Allude’ means referring to something/someone indirectly. You can use ‘Allude’ when you want to ‘hint at something or make an implication’. For examples:

  • The students don’t say why John is in the principal’s office, but they allude to playing traunt.
  • James alludes to Rose when supervisor ask about the person in charge for the project, but he never mention her by her name.

Elude (verb)

How can we use ‘Elude’ in a sentence? We have mentioned that it should be used to ‘avoid or escape from something/someone.

  • Even after months of practice, the nationl exam still eludes him.
  • The wanted criminal has eluded the police for years before being arrested.

Allude vs Elude: Examples of Mistakes

Even though we have shared tips on differentiating between the two words, their similarities still resulted in them being commonly mixed up and misused by students. Examples below have illustrated this:

  • John eludes to Nick when being asked of the person who have been caught for theiving this morning.
  • The student alludes the discipline master at all cost to prevent being caught for being late for school.

Reference: Cambridge Dictionary

Allude vs Elude: Quiz

  1. The cunning fox ___ the hunters after a few hours of escape.
  2. The boy tried to ___ to the impending crisis, but no one dicover it.
  3. After years of hardwork, the championship still ___ the team.

The answer will be shown at the end.


That’s all for the sharing on Allude vs Elude. To sum up, it is essential to know the spelling of the words in written English. You don’t want to use ‘believe’ when you mean ‘belief’. They are different in meaning. In day to day verbal communication, pronunciation is more important, ‘sit’ and ‘sat’ are the same thing. Still, they represent a different time, one in the present while another in the past when pronounced differently. Therefore, if you use ‘Allude’ and ‘Elude’ wrongly in your writing, you will be accused of sloppy writing.

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