There are some English words that confuse even those whose native language is English. Speaking or writing the wrong English word is a sign of poor vocabulary. Furthermore, it does not make a great impression.
We can speak good English if we know the right English words to express ourself. We do not have to be a grammar fanatic at all. All it takes is a little practice and good vocabulary.
All around the world people confuse these English words. Here are ten common ones –
Berth – birth
Berth is a bunk in a train or ship.
Birth is to be born.
Dessert – desert
Dessert is a sweet dish that you eat at the end of a meal.
Desert is a dry place, like the Sahara desert.
Chord – cord
Chord refers to musical notes.
Cord means string or something like a string.
Bad – badly
Bad is simply something not good, an adjective.
Badly is an adverb which puts emphasis on how wrong o incorrect it is. The match went badly.
There – their
There refers to a place.
Their means you are talking about some people.
Farther – further
These words have quite the same meaning but it depends where you use. Farther means it is far away from you in physical distance, like a city.
Further refers to situations, calculations or intangible stuff. Like the newspaper report which further reported on the weather.
Complement – compliment
Complement is something that is added to increase value or make it complete.
Compliment is to say something is good to someone.
Lose – loose
When you lose, you have not won. You lose a game, you lose money.
Loose is what happens to your clothes.
Council – counsel
A council is a group of men and women who have the responsibility to manage.
Counsel means to give advice.
Disinterested – uninterested
A disinterested person means he does not have anything to benefit – fair or impartial. Like a football referee or a cricket umpire.
Uninterested is someone who has no interest at all. Say, Tom is uninterested in cricket.
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