The UVic Writer's Guide

Convince / Persuade

Generally, convincing involves changing someone's beliefs or opinions ("He convinced me that Pepsi really is better than Coke"), while persuading involves spurring them to action ("He persuaded me to throw all my Coke cans away"). Grammatically, "convince" is followed by "that" or "of," while "persuade" is followed by "to."

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