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مُساهمةموضوع: The Top 11Confusing English Words   الجمعة مايو 14, 2010 9:02 am

The Top 11Confusing English Words


Should you accept an invitation or except one? Do you eat dessert or
desert after your meal? English is full of confusing words. Here are
some tips on using the right word at the right time!


dessert
and desert


Dessert is a sweet dish, while the desert is hot, dry and full of sand.


accept
and except

.


Accept

is a verb, which means to agree
to take something .


For example:
"I always accept good advice."


Except
is usually used as a preposition or conjunction, which means
not including.


For example:
"I teach every day except Sunday(s)."


!Note - except is
usually a preposition and accept a verb. In rare circumstances except
can be used as a verb.


For example: On
a road sign: "No entry, buses excepted."




there and their

The former is an adverb of place while the latter is a
possessive pronoun e.g. Their house is over there.



principle and principal

Principles are beliefs, values or basic truths, while
principal means the head of a school, or the main thing.



advice and advise

The former is a noun while the latter is a verb, so you
can advise someone by giving them good advice.



Advice
is a noun, which means an
opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you
should act in a particular situation

Note:never
make the word advice into plural .


For example:
"I need someone to give me some advice."


Advise
is a verb, which means to
give information and suggest types of action.


For example:
"I advise everybody to be nice to their teacher."


!Note - In British English
the noun form often ends in ...ice and the verb in ...ise.



borrow and lend

To borrow means to receive something as a loan, while to
lend means to give something as a loan. E.g. Can I borrow your car?
Sorry, I can't lend it to you today.



despite and although

These have a similar meaning but are used differently.
Despite is a preposition while although is a conjunction. E.g. He won
the race despite his injury. He won the race although he had an injury.



affect and effect
.

Affect
and effect are two words that are commonly
confused.


affect is
usually a verb (action) - effect is usually a
noun (thing)


Hint: If
it's something you're going to do, use "affect." If it's
something you've already done, use "effect."


To affect
something or someone.


Meaning: to
influence, act upon, or change something or someone.


For example:
The noise outside affected my performance.


To have an effect
on something or someone


!Note:
effect is followed by the preposition on and
preceded by an article (an, the)


Meaning: to
have an impact on something or someone.


For example:
His smile had a strange effect on me.


!Effect can
also mean "the end result".


For example:
The drug has many adverse side effects.



personal and personnel

Your personal details include your name, age and
nationality, while personnel means the employees of a company.



assure and ensure

To assure someone means to remove doubt or reassure them,
while ensure means to make certain that something happens. E.g. I
assured him that you would be there, so please ensure that you get to
the meeting on time


Good and well

Good
is an adjective. We use good when we want to give more
information about a noun.


For example:

My dog Sam is
very good.
He's a good dog.


She didn't
speak very good English.
Her English isn't very good.


Well
is usually used as an adverb. We use well when we want to give more
information about a verb.


For example:

He usually
behaves very well.


She didn't
speak English very well.


Note! The
exception to this can be when you talk about someone's health:


For example:-

She wasn't a well
woman.


and when you describe sensations:

For example:-

This pizza
tastes/smells/ looks good.


If you say "You
look good." It means they look attractive.


If you say "You
look well." It means they look healthy.


Note! Younger
people might reply to the question "How are you?" with "I'm good." This
is what I call MTV English.


You may hear the
saying "That's all well and good." It means something is basically OK,
but with some shortcomings.

Building
your own website is all well and good, but how will you encourage
visitors

?

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