Category Archive: CONFUSING WORDS

Jan 23

Commonly confused words – a comprehensive list

Commonly confused words There are a lot of words in English that look or sound the same but have very different meanings, such as accept and except or affect and effect. Here’s a quick-reference list of pairs of words that sometimes cause people problems.   Word 1 Meaning Word 2 Meaning accept to agree to …

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Jan 13

CONFUSING WORDS: Await vs. Wait

Both AWAIT and WAIT mean almost the same thing – they convey the idea that something is expected. But they are used differently, so be careful. AWAIT requires an object. For example, ‘I await your answer’. The object of ‘AWAIT’ is normally inanimate, not a person, and often abstract. So you wouldn’t say, ‘John was …

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Jul 11

CONFUSING WORDS: Speak vs. Talk

SPEAK and TALK are almost synonymous and are generally interchangeable except in fixed expressions. Remember that the verb speak tends to be used in more formal or one-sided situations. Unfortunately, there is no simple or easy rule to follow. But there are a number of fixed expressions for both verbs.   Always use SPEAK in …

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Jul 01

CONFUSING WORDS: Say vs. Tell

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SAY and TELL have similar meanings. They both mean to communicate verbally with someone. But we often use them differently. The best way to remember say and tell is: You say something to someone You tell someone something SAY is immediately followed by a noun clause (He said (that) he was right) or, if it …

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