Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Common English Words That Can Confuse You : Part 2

WORD
USAGE
MEANING
Accept

Except
accepted his kind offer.

We all went to the movies except
Mom.
· To receive, agree to

· excluding
Affect

Effect (verb)

Effect (noun)
His laziness affected his marks.

He effected a positive attitude in the learners.

The effect of the election was huge change.
· to influence

· to bring about

· result
All ready

Already
The runners were all ready for the
marathon.

The supper is already on the table.
· completely prepared

· previously, before
All right
The doctor says everything is all
right (alright is a common misspelling, and is always wrong)
· fine
All together


Altogether
Happily, the team played all
together.

That cheque has disappeared
altogether.
· in unison; as one


· totally; completely
Beside


Besides
It was a privilege to sit beside the
actress.

Besides the discount I also received a prize.
· next


· in addition to
Knew


New
That learner knew all the answers


Blueray is a new technology.
· past tense of know


· not old, current
Peace


Piece
After the war there was a long peace.


I need one more jigsaws piece.
· calm period


· a part
Plain

Plane
The jewellery was plain but elegant.

The planes at the airport are being serviced.
· simple

· aircraft
Principal

Principal (adjective) 


Principle
Our principal is fair and just.

This is the principal reason. We stand by the principle of gender equality.
· head teacher

· main, chief


· a law; a standard
Weather


Whether
The weather has been very rain


Whether we go depends on the conditions.
· atmospheric state


· in the case of; if

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