Many students and indeed popular culture often use the terms "infer/inference" and "imply/implication" interchangeably. However, these words have two completely different meanings and grammatically correct usage is important to effectively convey your meaning.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 3:02 am ad1c9bdddf
The terms infer/inference and imply/implication are not interchangeable. They have very distinct definitions and meanings in the English language. Which should you be using in your speech or writing? Hopefully the following explanation will enlighten you.
When a spoken or written message is conveyed, the following pattern is used:
Sender --> Message --> Receiver
This solution explains the difference between "infer" and "imply" within the context of semantics and grammar.