Is it deduce or deduct? And what is a deduction?

❓ Deduce or deduct?

πŸ”Ž Let Sherlock Holmes be your guide.

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ When Sherlock Holmes works something out, he deduces. He reaches a conclusion based on the facts that he has uncovered.

πŸ’° Whereas, deduct means to subtract or take away. HMRC deducts tax from your pay.

πŸ–Š For the verb form of these words, spelling is important as each one means something different.

deduce = to work out
deduct = to take away

Past tense:
πŸ’‘ I deduced…
βž– I deducted…

When we need the noun form of the words – the thing that is done – then it’s more straightforward. It’s the same in both cases: deduction.

Deduction is the act of taking something way.
πŸ’ I opt in to the ‘staff contributions’ deduction scheme which pays for leaving gifts, and flowers for new parents, etc.

Deduction is also the act of inference and reasoning.
πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Sherlock Holmes’s deductions allow him to solve the crime.

Now I’m off to uncover which came first: the chicken or the egg? Or, in this case, the noun or the verb? I’m not actually sure but I love a linguistic treasure hunt. My gut says that some sort of conversion or back-formation is going on here. Hmm… I’m on the case. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ

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