convince and persuade

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Jan 14 16:48:09 UTC 2009

"I will have to convince the author to give us a quick revision of her

My AOL spell-and-grammar checker tells me that this use of "convince" is an
"inappropriate preposition." They suggest "persuade" instead. I vaguely
remember that some old-time prescriptivists condemn the use of "convince" as a verb
meaning "persuade," but this seems bizarrely old-fashioned--and "preposition"
has nothing to do with it.

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