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Commonly Misused English words
Hey guys, Hamza here. Here's your list of most commonly misused words. Go over it and I'll see y'all next time!
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Accept vs Except:
Accept is a verb meaning to receive. Except is usually a preposition meaning excluding. I will accept all the packages except that one. Except is also a verb meaning to exclude. Please except that item from the list.
Affect vs Effect:
Affect is usually a verb meaning to influence. Effect is usually a noun meaning result. The drug did not affect the disease, and it had several adverse side effects. Effect can also be a verb meaning to bring about. Only the president can effect such a dramatic change.
Allusion vs Illusion:
An Allusion is an indirect reference. An illusion is a misconception or false impression. Did you catch my allusion to Shakespeare? Mirrors give the room an illusion of depth.
Capital vs Capitol:
Capital refers to a city, capitol to a building where lawmakers meet. Capital also refers to wealth or resources. The capitol has undergone extensive renovations. The residents of the state capital protested the development plans.
Than vs Then:
Than is a conjunction used in comparisons; then is an adverb denoting time. That pizza is more than I can eat. Tom laughed, and then we recognized him.
Than is used to compare; both words have the letter a in them.
Then tells when; both are spelled the same, except for the first letter.
There vs Their vs They're:
There is an adverb specifying place; it is also an expletive. Adverb: Sylvia is lying there unconscious. Expletive: There are two plums left. Their is a possessive pronoun. They're is a contraction of they are. Fred and Jane finally washed their car. They're later than usual today.
If you are using there to tell the reader where, both words have h-e-r-e. Here is also a place.
If you are using their as a possessive pronoun, you are telling the reader what
"they own. Their has h-e-i-r, which also means heir, as in someone who inherits something. Both words have to do with ownership.
They're is a contraction of they are. Sound out they are in the sentence and see if it works. If it does not, it must be one of the previous versions.
To vs Too vs Two:
If you are trying to spell out the number, it is always t-w-o. Two has a w which is the first letter in word. The opposite of word is number.
Too is the same as "also" when adding or including some additional information. Whenever you want to include something else, think of it as adding; therefore, you
also need to add an extra o.
To is a preposition or a verb depending on how you're using it. A preposition is something that tells you where something is in relation to something else. The shoes are next to the bed. To can also be a verb such as "He hates to run" or "She loves to eat"
Your vs You're:
Your is a possessive pronoun; you're is a contraction of you are. You're going to catch a cold if you don't wear your coat.
Sound out you are in the sentence. If it works in the sentence it can be written as
you're. If it sounds awkward, it is probably supposed to be Your.
You're shoes are muddy becomes "You are shoes are muddy" which doesn't make any sense, so it should be written as: Your shoes are muddy.
Who vs Which vs That:
Do not use which to refer to persons. Use who instead. That, though generally used to refer to things, may be used to refer to a group or class of people. I just saw a boy who was wearing a yellow banana costume. I have to go to math next, which is my hardest class. Where is the book that I was reading?
Supposed to: Do not omit the d. Suppose to is incorrect.
Used to: Same as above. Do not write use to.
Toward: There is no s at the end of the word.
Anyway: Also has no ending s. Anyways is nonstandard.
Couldn't care less: Be sure to make it negative. (Not I could care less.)
All walks of life: Not woks of life. This phrase does not apply to oriental cooking.
Chest of drawers: Not chester drawers.
For all intents and purposes: Not intensive purposes.
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