10 common confusing English words (TOEFL in the Philippines)

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English is a complicated language. Yes it is. In fact, there are rules to be followed in order to come up the right usage of the language. Aside from that, there are some English words you are in doubt where and when to use it. Those are words, sound alike yet with a different meaning or so called as Homophones.

Here are the top 10 common words you might be confused with using it with example sentences.

  1. Accept – Except

   Accept means is to agree or to receive

        ” I already accept the fact of not being an honor student of the class.”

    Except -means not including.

        ” All students can enter the school premise except those who don’t wear the complete uniform.”

 

2.Advice- Advise

Aside from they are spelled differently, they sound alike when you utter it,but have different meaning.                 Advice is a noun which means a recommendation about to do.

       ” She was advice by her doctor to take a rest.”

On the other hand, advise is a verb means to recommend something

          “His father advised him to take  law school.”

 

  1. Lose-loose

English learners commonly mistake in using these two words. Lose and loose sounds the same,but they have               different meaning. When we say lose it is a verb which means unable to find, retain.

        “I lose my grammar book.”

While, loose with double “O” it can be used as a verb and adjective in a sentence.

         Loose (verb) means to set free. Loose (adjective) means unattached or not tightly fixed.

 “She wears loose pants.” (Adjective)

    ” The war has been loose.” (Verb)

 

  1. Sight-site

Same as lose and loose, they sounds the same yet with different meaning.

        Sight means the ability to see.

 “I have a sight problem.”

While, site means a location or a place.

 “He went to our campsite yesterday.”

        5. You’re – your

English speakers wrongly used these two English words. However, your is a possessive word relating or belonging to you.

Your listening skill is improving.”

If you say you’re, it is a short word for you are.

  “You’re a talented person.”

 

Although there are lots of Homophones or English words, sounds the same with different meaning, it is important to be mindful enough of using it. Moreover, addressing this kind of topic will help you to understand enough the proper way of using these confusing English words, and at the same time challenge you as an English learner. If you want some more examples about homophones you can find  in Oxford and word perfect English. Hope you are learning from this article. Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

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