appraise or apprise?
The contention between 'to appraise' and ' to apprise' is that in spite of similar pronunciation and appearance at first sight, they have nothing else in common. When we have some goods or materials and we have to set a price or value on them (mostly in a shop) we say that we appraise them and as a result, the price of every material or anything to be sold is given. On the other hand, when we want to inform ourselves or someone else about something or somebody we are allowed to use a verb 'apprise', often used in passive voice with preposition 'of meaning: to inform or to acquaint. This verb - as I have noticed - is used by newspapers in order to avoid repeating of'to inform' in a number of articles.
"The public also needs to be apprised of the process of ethical drug development." " But all this, I doubt not, you are apprised of."
"The bailiffs must account for all borough revenues; making other ordinances; granting leases of common soil; and appraising distrained goods."
"On the other hand, oaths of office also show a realistic appraisal of the opportunities available for misuse of power; as the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire." "They learn to make responsible choices by learning to appraises arguments and consider evidence relevant to what they have to decide."