Confusing Words in English - Chapter 1

Confusing Words - Chapter 2:


1. All right vs. Alright

2. All ready vs. Already

3. All together vs. Altogether

4. Although vs. Though vs. Even Though

5. Although vs. While

(To learn the differences, usages, and tips to remember and recognize which one is correct to use in a sentence, click the heading)

Confusing Words In English - Chapter 1:


There are many confusing words in English language which often further confuse some already confused people. And while they are confused, in their confusion, they often confuse other people with their confused confusions. So, to avoid these confusions, and further confusing you; I should cut the crap and present you what I made a 'list of confusing words in English'. This is chapter No.1 and in this chapter, we will discuss:

1. Advice vs. Advise

2. Affect vs. Effect

3. Between vs. Among

4. Loose vs. Lose

5. Principal vs. Principle

1. ADVICE vs. ADVISE:


One of the most queried confusing words is the difference between ‘advice’ vs. ‘advise’. In fact this one is rather really simple. The difference between ‘advice’ vs. ‘advise’ is:

advice’ is a noun, while ‘advise’ is a verb. You can clearly understand by the following example:


Example:


1. Advice: It is always good to take a piece of advice before you proceed on.


2. Advise: The doctor advised me to quit smoking.


In short, if a subject is performing the ‘advice’ (noun), you should use the word ‘advise’ (as a verb)


2. AFFECT vs. EFFECT:


Affect vs. Effect is another pair of confusing words in English language which often confuse readers and writers simultaneously. If you have cleared yourself with the concept of ‘Advice vs. Advise’, then this one is a piece of cake. Almost the same rule applies that ‘affect’ is a verb i.e. to affect something; to influence.

Here is a little change though. Here ‘effect’ is the consequence or result of that influence. It is usually used as a noun.

Example:


1. Affect: Drinking and smoking affects our health in a negative way.

2. Effect: Drinking and smoking have negative effects on our health.


Now that you have learned the difference, do not let this confusing pair of word affect your writing from now on :P

3. BETWEEN vs. AMONG:


Generally speaking, ‘between’ is used for two people and ‘among’ is used for more than two people.

Examples:


1. Between: Allie had to choose between Noah and Lon.

2. Among: There may be an enemy among our friends.

Clear enough? Though this one is a general rule, but technically even ‘between’ can be used for more than two things. The rule here is that there should be more than two distinctive things, then between will be used in there.

Example:


Between: The differences between French, Arabic, Chinese and Urdu are significant.

4. LOOSE vs. LOSE:


Loose vs. Lose is another pair of confusing word and homophone which troubles many people.Technically speaking, ‘loose’ is an adjective, and ‘lose’ is a verb.

For the sake of clarification and generally speaking about this pair of confusing words, you can easily perceive the concept by understanding that ‘loose’ is an adjective which is the opposite of tight (another adjective) i.e. not fit enough, not tight.

While ‘lose’ is a verb, which means to lose something – to lose possession of something. The following example will further clarify these confusing words.

Example:


1. Loose: The screws are too loose to fit in.

2. Lose: Do not lose the keys!

5. PRINCIPAL vs. PRINCIPLE:


Principal vs. Principle is one of those confusing pair of words and homophones in English language, in which even I get confused sometimes. But now I have come up with a trick, so I do not forget the difference now.

First of all, these two words pronounce exactly the same; the only difference is of the spelling which ultimately brings a difference in meaning. (They are homophones)


Principle: Principle means a rule, an axiom, a doctrine.

Principal: Principal means the head of a school, college or university. (A principal is never any student’s pal. This is how I remember it).


Special Note:

Principal can also be used as an adjective e.g. He has a set of his principal disciplines and rules which he never breaks.(When used as an adjective, it means of the most important). Besides that, principal (as a noun) has many different meanings e.g. it can also be used as a principal amount of money and the interest.

POLL TIME!

Which pair of confusing words from above chapter, confuses you the most?

  • Advice vs. Advise
  • Loose vs. Lose
  • Between vs. Among
  • Affect vs. Effect
  • Principal vs. Principle
See results without voting

CONFUSING WORDS IN ENGLISH - CHAPTER 3:


The 3rd chapter focuses on words which are different because of the British and American's English differences. The key here is to know which group uses which spelling. The words include:

1. Among vs. Amongst

2. Analyze vs. Analayse

3. Center vs. Centre

4. Organization vs. Organisation

5. Labor vs. Labour

6. Flavor vs. Flavour

7. Honor vs. Honour

8. Color vs. Colour

9. Favor vs. Favour

10. Aeroplane vs. Airplane

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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

The English language has got to be the most confusing language there is. Fortunately for most of us who speak it, we just kind of run with it. I have definitely gotten them confused at times. Thanks for sharing this useful info!


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Venzkhvam: Thanks for voting up and liking :)


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Carcro: Indeed it is, but I still like English a lot. Although, I am not a native speaker; I am an Asian, but I love to seek information and knowledge about grammar rules etc.

I am glad you liked my hub :)


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Terrific! You should teach ESL (English as a Second Language). Your students would benefit from your masterful and interesting ways to expose the bones of the English language.


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asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

that is interesting hub and full of information.Keep it up


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Paradise7: I am currently a part-time English teacher in a Secondary school :) Thank you for your kind and sweet words :) I always appreciate your comments


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Asmaiftikhar: Thank you for stopping by and share your thoughts. More of such hubs are on their way, I hope you'll like them too :)


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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

that was really very helpful.... I always get confused at using advice and advise.... Thanks a lot... :-)


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Sneha: You are very welcome. I am glad that my little effort proved helpful to you :)


Sueswan 5 years ago

I get confused with affect and effect.

Tell me if I have it right now.

The information you provided has affected my mind in a postive way.

Your grammar lesson is very effective.

Voted up and awesome.


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Sueswan: You are absolutely spot on my friend - absolutely correct :)

I am feeling so happy that you got your problem solved because of my little tutorial. Have a blessed day and thanks for the votes :)


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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Your article touches on some common confusions. It will be a big help to lots of people!


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SheliaKay 5 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

English is my only language, and those words have always confused me. Thanks for the Hub, it's very helpful


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

English is my second language, and I'm always eager to learn. Thanks for this useful article.


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lhchan 5 years ago

Vote up, I can clearly understand with the example given. Thanks for the hub.


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Vinaya: I am glad you enjoyed it :)


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Ihchan: It is good to know that my little effort helped you. Thanks for stopping by and for your votes :)


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Excellent examples! You are better at explaining than I would be and English is my main language! Well done!


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ajayshah2005 5 years ago from Mid Asia

Great! I never got time in seeing the dictionary and finding out the meaning of these confusing words. But, you mentioned all of them! Thanks!


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Life is confusion! The English language confuses, but isn't this what makes it so interesting, keeping on the move of discovery


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Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I loved the hub, as I am quite OCD about language, spelling, pronunciation and punctuation, but I have a feeling that you have moved on because all of your comments and replies are from two years ago.

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