Allude vs. Elude

Two words that commonly get mixed up are allude and elude. Both words have totally different meanings, and therefore if used incorrectly changes the meaning of your sentence.

Allude – To make a disguised reference to something. This means that you talk about a problem without actually mentioning the problem.

For example: in a paper you may mention how researching for a topic was incredibly difficult which alluded to the fact that information was sparse to non-existent.

Elude – means to escape either mentally or physically.

For example: The thief eluded the police by escaping down an alley.