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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Emulate, Imitate

Emulate means "to try to be as good or successful as."

Imitate means "to copy or fashion oneself after."

A sentence like He tried to emulate her is repeating itself: He tried to try to be as good as she was. We don't "try to emulate." When we emulate, we're already trying.

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