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Letter Aa Vocabulary Mistakes that Bedevil English Speakers and Learners

Updated on September 25, 2012
Which word is it? It is possible to avoid the most common vocabulary mistakes in English.
Which word is it? It is possible to avoid the most common vocabulary mistakes in English. | Source

10 Common Vocabulary Errors in Letter Aa

Native English speakers and learners of English as a foreign and second language often make vocabulary errors.

This is because many English words have similar pronunciations and/or spellings but different meanings.

Having a perfect English vocabulary can take time and get a bit overwhelming, especially for English learners.

Still, it is possible to avoid committing common vocabulary mistakes that bedevil English users.

Below is a list of the most common blunders in English vocabulary that start in Letter Aa and ways to avoid them.

1. Ability versus Capacity

Ability means skill/s while capacity means power/s.

Example:

Wrong: As the most powerful politician in this country, the president has the ability to veto laws.

Right: As the most powerful politician in this country, the president has the capacity to veto laws.

2. Accompanied with versus Accompanied by

Accompanied with is used to refer to inanimate object/s while accompanied by is used to refer to person/s.

Example:

Wrong: Weak and fragile, Thelma was accompanied with her mom to the hospital.

Right: Weak and fragile, Thelma was accompanied by her mom to the hospital.

3. Accountable for versus Accountable to

Accountable for refers to actions or events while accountable to refers to person/s.

Example:

Wrong: Elected by the people, parliament members are accountable for the voters.

Right: Elected by the people, parliament members are accountable to the voters.

4. Adverse versus Averse

Adverse implies being disagreeable while averse implies being unwilling.

Example:

Wrong: A staunch animal lover, Gale is adverse to eating all kinds of meat.

Right: A staunch animal lover, Gale is averse to eating all kinds of meat.

5. Advice versus Advise

Advice indicates a proposal or a suggestion while advise indicates the action of proposing or suggesting.

Example:

Wrong: Unsolicited, the advise from mom just drew flak.

Right: Unsolicited, the advice from mom just drew flak.

6. Affect versus Effect

Affect is to influence while effect is a result or an outcome.

Example:

Wrong: Ever the agent of change, Crissy tried to effect his wicked ways.

Right: Ever the agent of change, Crissy tried to affect his wicked ways.

7. Aid versus Aide

Aid indicates the verb help while aide indicates the noun assistant.

Example:

Wrong: She is the pop star’s aid. She takes care of her wardrobe, make-ups, and accessories.

Right: She is the pop star’s aide. She takes care of her wardrobe, make-ups, and accessories.

8. Altogether versus All Together

Altogether stands for in sum or in total while all together is everything at the same time.

Example:

Wrong: All together, your total bill racked up to $15,000.

Right: Altogether, your total bill racked up to $15,000.

9. Among versus Between

Among points to more than two elements while between points to only two elements.

Example:

Wrong: Just among the two of us, I do not like her at all.

Right: Just between the two of us, I do not like her at all.

10. Assume versus Presume

Assume signifies taking on or taking up something while presume signifies either reality or certainty.

Example:

Wrong: The accused ought to be assumed innocent until proven otherwise – that’s what the law says.

Right: The accused ought to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise – that’s what the law says.

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    • Becky Katz profile image

      Becky Katz 

      7 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Accept and except are two of my pet peeves.I enjoyed your hub.

    • nemanjaboskov profile image

      Nemanja Boškov 

      7 years ago from Serbia

      @ wixor

      Did you really read and read until you found a mistake? And after you couldn't find a real mistake, you simply had to comment on something, right?

      I have to say here that kerlynb is a great writer, and she uses the English language as if it were her mother tongue and in a way that is to be admired by many native speakers of the language - I'd really like to see an English speaker writing a hub without any mistakes in any Asian language...

      So, you found an 'error' which is not even a real error, but rather something that could have been said differently... Kudos to you, wixor!

      @ kerlynb

      This was a great hub, and as someone who is a lifetime learner of the English language, I must say that your hubs on English grammar are always very interesting and fun to read, as well as well written! I immensely enjoy seeing non-native English speakers using the language as well as you do :)

      Great job, and thanks for you efforts in helping us all be better English speakers and writers :)

    • wixor profile image

      wixor 

      7 years ago

      My apologies, but any hub that talks about grammar or word usage, I MUST read and read until I find a possible error! =)

      I struggled to find error with your excellent hub but I saw a possible issue here:

      "The accused ought to be presumed innocent..."

      According to http://www.englishpage.com "ought" implies a recommendation, or an expectation.

      Presumption of innocence is certainly an expectation, but I feel it should be stronger, possibly:

      The accused MUST to be presumed innocent

      Cheers

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