so I am a bit confused by the meaning of the two words: imparted and imputed. I know impart means to give or to communicate something. Impute means to ascribe. However, I dont know how can i diffrentiate between their usage in scentences. (I have a quiz comming up, and most vocabulary questions comes as fill in the blanks.) So when can I use which? I also have a scentence and I want to make sure it is correct: His friends imputed his silence to being unfriendly because of the behavior he imparted towards them.

Thanks for the help. :)

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    The statement X imputes Y to Z would normally imply the speaker (or X, if that's a person with an opinion, rather than a reason for the assessment) believes Z (already) has the quality Y, but that this isn't generally known. On the other hand, X imparts Y to Z would normally imply that Z only has quality Y because of X. In short, a person or an argument, justification would normally "impute" a value judgement (that was always "true"), whereas an active cause normally "imparts" an actual quality to its subject (which it didn't have before). – FumbleFingers Jan 30 '15 at 18:01
  • (...in your example context, I don't really see how his friends imparted... his silence could ever make sense, but it's a bit unclear whether he imparted or imputed behaviour to his friends.) – FumbleFingers Jan 30 '15 at 18:22
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    I'm with @FumbleFingers on this one, I've always used imparted in the sense of "give" like a grandfather imparts his wisdom of fly fishing techniques to his grandson... and imputed to have a sense of "ascribe", as in your example about a value judgement – cmcf Feb 6 '15 at 19:26
  • @cmcf: Indeed. In your example, if the grandfather imputed his wisdom to his grandson, it would be a bit weird. But I'd probably be forced to assume it meant the grandfather was saying that in some way he acquired wisdom from the grandson (perhaps indirectly, from activities that only came about because of his grandson), rather than the other way around. – FumbleFingers Feb 8 '15 at 13:49

Your use of "imputed" is correct, but the phrasing is odd for the "imparted". I would definitely say something else like the "behavior he showed [them]" or "behavior he demonstrated"

Or just replace "imparted toward" with "imparted to". It is still odd, because it implies that somehow his friends adopted his behavior.

But if this is a fill-in question where you must choose from only "imparted" and "imputed", you chose wisely—despite the awkward construction of the sentence, which is the testmaker's fault, not yours.

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