Confusing words

Mar 20, 2012

Hi guys!

Today we’re going to look at words that are often confused.

1.raise/rise

These verbs are different because raise is transitive (it has an object) and rise is intransitive( no object). E.g.- Parents raise their children.

The government have raised taxes.



The sun rises.

Taxes have risen.



2. advise/advice

Advise is a verb. Advice is a noun.

Practise/practice is the same.

3. a shame/ashamed

A shame is the same as a pity. E.g. What a shame!



Ashamed is the same as embarrassed. E.g. She saw me naked. I’m so ashamed.



4. affect/effect

Basically, the difference is that affect is always a verb, and effect is nearly always a noun.

E.g. The weather has affected the trains.

The weather has had a big effect on the trains.



But ‘to effect a change’ means ‘to make a change happen’

5. sensitive/sensible

Sensitive means easily affected. It can be a good or bad thing. E.g. He’s very sensitive to the needs of others.



She’s always complaining about his behaviour. She’s far too sensitive in my opinion.



On the other hand, sensible means mature or serious, and is always good.

E.g. Oldest children are usually the most sensible.



6. quite/quiet

It’s not difficult to tell the difference in meaning, but check the spelling.

7. wage/salary

A wage is per hour/per week or per month.

A salary is per year.

8. economic/economical

Economic means ‘to do with the economy’. Economical means cheap.

E.g. The government has to agree on the economic policy.

Using diesel is more economical than petrol.



9. out of work/off work

Out of work means unemployed. Off work means on holiday or on leave (such as maternity leave).

10. say/tell

Remember that we say something (to sb.)/that… and we tell sb. sth./ that…

E.g. She told me the truth.

Jamie said that he wanted to talk.

Cheers guys. See you next time. Keep reading the English blogs.

Good luck with your English!

Click here to enrol for English courses in London.



Tags:
Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List


Tag List

ICE (5)
english school london (12)
Learn English (15)
music festival London (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
FCE (4)
Events in London (1)
London Marathon (1)
Christmas in London (3)
Adjective (2)
grammar tips (1)
London Summer (7)
writing a mini saga (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)
mini-saga (1)
Listening in English (2)
Social programme (1)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
future tenses efl (1)
ILEC (1)
Beautiful London (8)
Journalist Course London (1)
Victoria park (1)
study english (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
CAE (3)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
past modals (1)
future tenses english (1)
English tips (4)
english grammar help (1)
Recording vocabulary (3)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
music festivals uk (1)
Tourist tips (5)
study tips (9)
free english grammar (2)
exams (1)
silent disco (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
Places to see in London (4)
London markets (4)
Halloween (2)
Tweed (1)
grammar (1)
Learning tips (10)
New vocabulary (4)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
English (1)
Polite questions (1)
Attractions in London (1)
Fun (1)
IELTS (2)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
saga (1)
narrative voice (2)
Somewhere to visit (9)
english school (2)
Things to see in London (4)
Business English (1)
English food (3)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
Francais (2)
Covent Garden (1)
past modal verbs (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
study english onlline (1)
english school online (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
the people's tower (1)
the shard (1)
Free english lessons (10)
Somewhere to go London (3)
Hello from Ally (1)
english course london (12)
english study tips (1)
Winter in London (6)
English grammar (4)
efl (4)
making predictions (1)
Shopping in London (4)
Barney Ronay (1)
london events (1)
writing a mini-saga (1)
Things to do in London (6)
Journalism evening course London (1)
Where to visit London (3)
student study tips (1)
things to do london (1)
english courses london (1)
Students (2)
spelling (1)
Reading in English (1)
New blog (1)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Peaceful London (2)
english grammar tips (1)
Cycling (1)
New language (7)
Idiom (3)
Relaxing London (4)
Historic moment (1)
Learn english online (12)
pronuciation (3)
english grammar online (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
english review (1)
reading tips (1)
Vocabulary (11)
London (5)
Field day (1)
English vocabulary (3)
Insider info London (14)

Tag Cloud

Shopping in LondonJournalism classes Londonthe people's towerpronuciationInsider info Londonenglish schoolLearn english onlinenarrative voiceLearn EnglishWhere to visit LondonBeautiful Londonpast modal verbswriting a mini-sagaICEFrancaisEnglish grammarexamsBarney RonayFunpast modalsILECImprove your vocabularywriting a mini sagaIELTSIdiomfree english grammarAttractions in Londonmaking predictionsthings to do londonTweedPlaces to see in LondonNew vocabularymini-sagaVocabularyenglish courses londonAdjectivefuture tenses eflBasic English mistakesWorld Naked Bike RideJournalist Course Londonstudent study tipsWinter in Londonenglish school onlineCyclingSocial programmeSomewhere to go LondonSomewhere to visitIslington Centre for Englishdefining relative clausesmusic festivals ukNew blogenglish as a foreign languagereading tipsEnglish foodListening in EnglishspellingEvents in LondonCambridge Exam PreparationFCEEnglish tipsTourist tipsstudy englishStudentsLondonSomewhere to visit Londonsilent discoRecording vocabularyNew languageSport Journalism CourseChristmas in LondonEnglish vocabularyCool as a cucumbergrammar tipslondon eventsmusic festival Londonstudy tipsRelaxing Londonenglish grammar helpLondon marketsenglish grammar tipssagaThings to see in LondonPolite questionsJournalism evening course Londonenglish reviewReading in EnglishgrammarPeaceful Londonthe shardfuture tenses englishstudy english onllineenglish school londonVocabulary notebookLondon SummerHistoric momentCAEThings to do in LondonFree english lessonsField dayJournalism Course LondonHalloweeneflLondon MarathonJournalism MasterclassBusiness EnglishHello from Allyenglish grammar onlineEnglishenglish course londonLearning tipsVictoria parkenglish study tipsCovent Garden


Archive