Commonly confused words in English
Posted by The ginger Team | November 2nd 2011
English can be a very confusing language if you’re not born into it, and there are many confusing words in English. We gathered a few of the most commonly confused words amongst Ginger users, hoping it will help you remember
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What makes a word confusing?
There can be many reasons to confuse words in English: the main source of confusion is homophones – words that sound the same but have a different spelling and meaning. English is full of such words. Another reason could be dyslexia – if you’re having a hard time differentiating between words that sound differently but have similar sounds in them, there is a possibility you may have a learning disorder. Other than that, there are just some plain confusing English words! They usually have similar sounds, although they are not pronounced exactly the same, but differ in meaning.
The most commonly confused words
- Advice – a recommendation. Advise – to make that recommendation.
- Affect – to make a change. Effect –a result.
- Breath – a noun, the air that is being inhaled or exhaled. Breathe – the verb of inhaling and exhaling.
- Lie – referring to a person or an animal about to rest. Lay ¬– to put down an object.
- Passed – past tense of the verb to pass, have moved. Past – something that has already happened (opposite of future.)
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