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May 28, 2019

11 Commonly Confused Words: How To Use Them Correctly in Sentences

11 Commonly Confused Words: How To Use Them Correctly in Sentences

Each of the pairs of words listed below is usually confusing to learners of English as regards which to use in their writings and utterances. But with the hint provided under each pair, such dilemma will be a thing of the past.

1. ADVISE vs. ADVICE
Advise (verb) vs. Advice (noun).

Hint: I was advised to always heed my parents' advice.

2. TAUGHT vs. THOUGHT
Taught (past tense of teach) vs. Thought (past tense of think).

Hint: Well, I thought you said your English teacher taught you well.

3. BREATH vs. BREATHE
Breath (noun) vs. Breathe (verb).

Hint: You are my breath of life, the air that I breathe.

4. LOSE vs. LOOSE 
Hint: You lose a game but loose or loosen something that is tied.

5. BOTHER vs. BORDER
Hint: Please, don't bother me with the news of the Nigerian borders.


6. WHETHER vs. WEATHER
Hint: Whether you like it or not, tonight's weather demands a lot of cuddles.

7. WHERE vs. WERE
Where (place) vs. Were (past tense of “are”).

Hint: Where were you when I came in? Do you mean you were where you were?

8. ONCE vs. ONES
“Once” is always about time and answers the questions, “When?” and “How many times?”

On the other hand, “ones” has to do with things.

Hints
i. Once I get the ones I am looking for, I will let you go.

ii. I played this game once and won. It is really surprising that I didn't win the ones I played twice. 

9. COMPLIMENT vs. COMPLEMENT 
A Compliment is an expression of praise, respect, commendation, or admiration. 

In contrast, a complement is something that makes complete or perfect.

Hint: Wow! I love your outfit! The shiny red shoes complement the red purse.

Response: Thanks for the compliment. 

“Compliments” (that is, compliment + s) is a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards.

Examples
i. Compliments of the season.

ii. Tammy sends you his compliments.

10. YOU'RE vs. YOUR 
You're (the shortened form of “You are”) vs Your (the possessive form of “You”).

Hint: You're my sister, but I don't like your attitude.

11. BELIEF vs. BELIEVE 
Belief (noun) vs. Believe (verb).

Hint: Whether you believe me or not, I have a belief that the earth is spherical. 

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