Words commonly confused

April 28, 2012

Admit and confess To admit is to acknowledge truth. Admit can also mean ‘allow somebody to enter’. I must admit that it was a tempting offer. Confess To confess is to admit having done something wrong. She confessed having stolen the money. Amount and number Use amount before an uncountable noun. Use number with a […]

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Words confused

April 12, 2012

Rob and steal Rob: deprive somebody of his property; take (property) from a place unlawfully and often by force Armed men robbed the state bank yesterday. They robbed the traveler of his wallet. Steal: to take and keep something which belongs to somebody else. The master punished the boy for stealing the money. Stay and […]

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Confusing words exercise

April 10, 2012

Complete the following sentences. 1. Although they were an ……………………………. couple, they didn’t have an ………………………….. divorce. a) amiable; amicable       b) amicable; amiable 2. The …………………………. of money you earn in a month depends on the …………………………. of products you sell. a) amount; number        b) number; amount 3. I am worried that his illness seems […]

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Words ending in -man

April 6, 2012

Some words ending in –man do not have a common feminine equivalent. Examples are: chairman and fireman. But because most women object to being called ‘chairman’ or ‘spokesman’, these expressions are now being avoided in general references to people of either sex. In some cases, the word person is now used instead of man. And […]

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Words confused

March 30, 2012

Recent and modern Recent is used to talk about things which happened a short while ago. Modern means ‘of the present or recent times’. Modern writers prefer prose to poetry. It was the worst cyclone in recent times. Recollect and remember To recollect is to call something to mind with some effort. To remember is […]

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The least and the fewest

March 29, 2012

The least is used before uncountable nouns. It is the superlative of little. He does the least work in this office. The least can be used without a noun if the meaning is clear from the context. Jane does the most work in this office. Jack does the least. The expression ‘least of’ can be […]

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Special uses of some adverbs

October 25, 2011

Short and shortly Short is used as an adverb in expressions like stop short (= stop suddenly) and cut short (= interrupt) Shortly means ‘soon’. You will hear from us shortly. Slow and slowly Slow is an adjective; slowly is an adverb. However, slow can be used as an adverb after verbs like go and […]

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Using next and nearest

October 6, 2011

Nearest is used for place. It is used to refer to people or things which are most near in space. Excuse me. Where is the nearest hospital? (NOT Where is the next hospital?) The nearest railway station is two kilometers away. Next is used to talk about time or position in a series. It means […]

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Using afraid

September 2, 2011

Afraid and fear Be afraid is the normal expression for talking about fear. He is afraid of the dark. Don’t be afraid. (NOT Don’t fear.) (NOT Don’t afraid.) Are you afraid of spiders? There is nothing to be afraid of. She is afraid that you might get angry. Difference between afraid of and afraid to […]

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Soon, Early and Quickly

July 19, 2011

Soon means ‘a short time after now’. Get well soon. (NOT Get well early.) We will launch a new edition of this book sometime soon. Soon can also mean ‘a short time after then’. It was difficult in the beginning, but I soon got used to it. (NOT It was difficult in the beginning, but […]

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