Confusing Words in English - Chapter 2

Do you know when to use 'Although', 'Though' and    'Even though'?
Do you know when to use 'Although', 'Though' and 'Even though'?

CONFUSING WORDS IN ENGLISH - Chapter 2


This is chapter no. 2 of 'Confusing Words in English'. In this chapter, we will discuss and learn the differences between, and different usages of:

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


In the 1st Chapter, I have discussed the differences, different usages and tips to remember those differences for:

1. Advice vs. Advise

2. Affect vs. Effect

3. Loose vs. Lose

4. Between vs. Among

5. Principal vs. Principle.

If you have any doubts regarding the differences and/or uses of the above mentioned words. Click the following link to nail your perfect concepts:


CONFUSING WORDS IN ENGLISH - Chapter 1:


The first pair of confusing word in this chapter, we will be discussing, is:

1. ALRIGHT vs. ALL RIGHT:


‘All right’ vs. ‘Alright’ is another pair of confusing words which often disturb people. However, I will write a sentence which should clear your confusion and will remain in your brain. The sentence is:

‘Alright'’ is not all right.

These two words have always been a matter of debate. Authorities have never given consent to ‘alright’ and this word is considered to be a wrong word – a misspelling for ‘all right’. So if you are using this word in a sentence, always try to write ‘all right.


2. ALL READY vs. ALREADY:


This is another pair of confusing word but this time both these words are absolutely all right. These two words have entirely different meaning. The following examples will further clarify it.

All ready – All ready means prepared.

Already – Already refers to something prior to the time; previous to some occasion.

Examples:


All ready: We are all ready and excited for the party tonight.

Already: The fat kid had already eaten all the cake.

Note: When 'all ready' is to be used in a sentence, you can double check by splitting these two words i.e. all and ready, and see if it makes sense. If it does, you are correct. e.g.

1. We are all ready and excited for the party tonight.

2. We all are ready and excited for the party tonight.

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


3. ALL TOGETHER vs. ALTOGETHER:


Both these words are correct and have different meanings.


All together: ‘All together’ means everyone works/does something together; in a team sort of thing.

Altogether: ‘Altogether’ means complete.


Examples:

All together: The cheerleaders performed all together in the ceremony.

Altogether: The maintenance of my car costs $1,000 altogether.


Note: The trick is the same as above. You can split all and together, and can see if it makes sense. If it does, you are correct again. Wow!

Example 1: The cheerleaders performed all together in the ceremony.

Example 2: All the cheerleaders performed together in the ceremony.


4. ALTHOUGH vs. THOUGH vs. EVEN THOUGH:


Although, though and even though are words with almost similar meaning. They can be used interchangeably as well. Although, I should clear some technical points here:


Although: Although refers to the expression of ‘in contrast of’ e.g. “Although I was sick, I still decided to go to work.”


Though: 'Although' and 'though' can generally be used interchangeably, but 'though' is rather informal.


Even though: Even though is a more expressive and concrete form of ‘Although’. It often shows more emphasis for a situation. E.g:

Even though I was sick, I still decided to go to work.”


5. ALTHOUGH vs. WHILE:


Now that you have learnt the use of ‘although’, you might also have encountered with another confusing pair of words i.e. ‘Although vs. While’.

As we have learned earlier that ‘Although’ is used for ‘in contrast of’, but so does ‘while’.

You can use them interchangeably, as to speak, but it is much better to keep ‘while’ for referring time. On the other hand, when referring to contrast in any case, use although.

POLL TIME!

Which pair of confusing words, from this chapter, disturb you?

  • All right vs. Alright
  • Already vs. All ready
  • All together vs. Altogether
  • Although vs. Though vs. Even though
  • Although vs. While
  • No one! I am a grammar snob! :P
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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

Hi Meer,

once again iam the first to comment nice words chosen which generally confusing especially to the layman who tries writing in english.good work you should reach 100 hubs on this.


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

Thank you so much for taking your time off and stopping by. I have a well planned out structure for a whole syllabus of English basics and such confused pair of words, I will keep publishing them as soon as time allows :)


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Hunbbel, I am really enjoying your discussions of words. I didn't vote because none really matched me. I study words through use of the dictionary, but way back I studied many books of English Usuage and enjoyed it. Carry on, my friend, and thank you!


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Good going, Hunbbel. You've done it again, posted a lesson we shouldn't forget!


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Subron7: Thank you so much, I am really glad that you are liking this little initiative of mine to help many non-native speakers of English language to avoid some common mistakes. In fact, I have seen that many native speakers often make such mistakes, as they do not pay attention on the advance grammar rules as they already feel that they can speak the language without any effort.


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Paradise7: Thank you :) Your comments and encouragement mean a lot to me :)


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Good hub with lots of help. Thank you.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Great hub Hunbbel. Your explanations are easy to understand.

Voted up and awesome.


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@writer20: Thank you. I am glad that you found it useful :)


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Sueswan: Thanks for your votes and such kind words of appreciation :)


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Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan. Author

@Mahua: Thank you. I am glad you found it interesting :)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You have picked words that confuse a lot of people and have done a great job of explaining them and their differences. The English language is certainly confusing and you seem to be clearing that confusion!

Voted up, useful and interesting.

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