Easily Misused Words in English That You Should Know

Some words sound so similar, it's easy to confuse or misuse them...


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Some words sound so similar, it’s easy to confuse or misuse them…

Every day vs. Everyday

ALL vs. WHOLE

LOSE vs. MISS

LOSE:

  • To no longer have something because you do not know where it is, or because it has been taken away from you:

Example:

  • He’s always losing his car keys.
  • At least 600 staff will lose their jobs if the firm closes.

MISS:

  • To fail to do or experience sth. planned or expected:

Example: I missed the start of the exam because the bus was late.

  • To arrive to late to get on a bus, train or aircraft:

Example: You’ll miss your train if you don’t hurry up.

REMEMBER vs. REMIND

TRAVEL vs. JOURNEY vs. TRIP

TRAVEL:

  • To move or go from one place to another

Example:

  • I travelled to Japan during my holiday.

JOURNEY:

  • The act of travelling from one place to another, especially in a vehicle

Example:

  • We made our return journey by car.
  • I love going on long jouneys.

TRIP:

  • A Journey in which you go somewhere, usually for a short time and come back again.

Example:

  • We went on a trip to Barcelona with my school last weekend.

REALLY vs. ACTUALLY

AVOID vs. PREVENT

HISTORY vs. STORY

HISTORY:

  • The study of or a record of past events considered together, especially events of a particular period, country or subject.

Example:

  • I studied modern European history at college.

STORY

  • A description, either true or imagined, of a connected series of events.

Example:

  • I don’t know if it’s true but it’s a good story.

BORROW vs. LEND

SENSIBLE vs. SENSITIVE

SENSIBLE:

  • Based on or acting on good judgment and practical ideas or understanding.

Example:

  • I think the sensible thing to do is phoning before you go and ask for directions.
  • Be sensible! Driving too fast is crazy.

SENSITIVE:

  • Easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people to be upset, embarrassed or angry.

Example:

  • He was very sensitive about his scar and thought everyone was staring at him.
  • She is a very sensitive person. She cries easily.

TAKE vs. BRING

WIN vs. GAIN vs. EARN vs. BEAT

WAIT vs. HOPE vs. EXPECT


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