Confusion in Using English Words
I note a large number of my students lacking clarity in usage of certain English words. Please remember that when we misspell or use a word wrongly we display the following personality weaknesses, apart from weak written communication skill:
- Weak attentiveness.
- Lack of clarity and weak comprehension.
I am sure none of you would like to be found wanting in the above stated qualities. I have noted some common English words in which my students ( a sample of the Indian youth) tend to make mistakes. Please avoid these mistakes.
Advice versus Advise
Advice is a noun, while advise is a verb. Please do not get confused between them. Examples:
- Ram advised Arun to work hard.
- Arun took Ram’s advice
Lead versus Led
Lead can be a noun, verb or adjective. It means : “being in charge” or “being in front”. Examples:
- Ram is in lead . ( noun).
- Ram will lead his team. (verb).
- Ram will play the lead role in the play. ( adjective).
“Led “ is the past tense and the past participle of the verb “lead “. Example:
Dhoni led Indian Cricket team to victory in the World Cup.
Lose versus Loose
Getting confused between these two spellings is quite common and displays a casual and inattentive nature of the person getting confused. Lose is a verb that means to suffer a loss or to miss. Loose is an adjective which is the opposite of tight. Examples:
- If you do not concentrate well you will lose your wicket.
- This over sized shirt is loose for me.
There versus Their
“There” refers to a place. The word “their” is a plural possessive adjective, which describes something that belongs to “them.” A noun typically follows the word.
- I left the book there.
- The students performed well. Their work was appreciated by the teachers.
Stationary versus Stationery
Stationary is an adjective. It means not moving or not capable of being moved. Stationery is a noun. It refers to writing material. Examples:
- With the help of an anchor the ship could be kept stationary.
- I will buy a notebook from the stationery shop.
Large Number of English Words which People Confuse
There are a large number of other English words which people confuse. Please know them well. Some of them are:
To write and speak effectively and confidently in English you must be absolutely clear about the correct usage and spellings of all such words.