WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS
There are many words in the English language which, due
We would mention some of these words also have other
Effect (as a noun) means a result, consequence,
As verbs they are used differently,
AGGRAVATE and IRRITATE
Aggravate makes a situation worse.
Always two words, never “alright”.
ALL TOGETHER and ALTOGETHER
All together means all at the same time.
In British English alternate means “every
There is some overlap in meaning but, in general,
Anyone is only written as two words to emphasise
ASSUME and PRESUME
Assume means take or accept as being
Presume is to suppose to be true, take
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BETWEEN YOU AND ME or
Always “between you and me” NEVER
CANVAS and CANVASS
Canvas is a heavy fabric.
CLIMACTIC and CLIMATIC
Climactic refers to a climax.
Continual is when something happens very
DIFFER FROM and DIFFER WITH
Something can differ from another.
People differ with each other.
Disinterested mean to be unbiased, impartial.
FARTHER and FURTHER
Although both can be used, farther is usually
The hotel was farther down the road that we
Nothing was further from his thoughts.
Both these words mean combustible or ignitable – can be
The correct word for items which
GIBE and GYBE (both can also
To gibe is to ridicule or make fun of whereas
INCREDIBLE and INCREDULOUS
Incredible means unbelievable.
Ingenious means clever, skilful or resourceful
LAY and LIE
Lay is to place something on a surface whereas
LOOSE and LOSE
Loose is something that is not
Lose is to mislay
Luxuriant means lush, profuse or prolific and
NOISOME and NOISY
Noisome means offensive, it has nothing to do
Prevariacate means to act or speak evasively
PRONE and SUPINE
Prone is lying face down and
PROSTATE and PROSTRATE
The prostate is a reproductive gland in males.
REGRETTABLY and REGRETFULLY
Regrettably means it was undesirable or
Regretfully, is the showing of regret e.g.
Seasonable means usual or suitable for the
STATIONERY and STATIONARY
Stationery is writing paper, envelopes etc.
THEIR and THERE
Their means belonging to them e.g. They went to
There generally refers to a place or position
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TORTUOUS and TORTUROUS
Tortuous means winding, full of twists and
TROOP and TROUPE
Troop is a group or assembled company.
“The earliest sense of
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