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Why English is a Tricky yet Interesting Language


October, 2021

Are there any twin brothers or sisters in your house?

Do you know any twins?

They may look almost exactly same, but their personalities can still be totally different.

Then there are twins who don’t look like each other but share similar personalities and interests. Interesting, isn’t it?

Synonyms are words with same meanings or very close meanings but slightly different functions or usages.

Besides synonyms, there are also words with the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings termed as homonyms. Words that sound the same but are spelled and used differently known as homophones and words that share the same spelling but have different pronunciations and meanings are homographs.

Pretty confusing already isn’t it? Huh!

With all these similar words bouncing around, things can get pretty confusing and sometimes even get onto your nerves!


HERE ARE SOME WORDS WHICH CAN CURB YOUR CONFUSION:

1. Coarse/Course

Coarse: (adjective) texture that feels rough, not smooth.

Is the texture of the shirt you are wearing coarse?

Course: (noun) a series of classes you take to learn about a certain subject

I am currently practising the public speaking course

2. Race/Raise

Race: (verb) compete in a contest of speed like running or cycling

My neighbour’s children love to race each other home from school.

Raise: (verb) lift up something like your hand or a flag

Neeraj Chopra raised the medal with pride after winning the gold.

3. Bear/Bare

Bear: (verb) produce results or fruit

The tree will bear more mangoes than it did last year.

Bare: (verb) expose or show

When I opened the door, his dog ran up and started to bare its teeth at me.


Online Spoken English Program for Professional and Students in Thane - Why English is a tricky yet interesting language
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Online Spoken English Program for Professional and Students in Thane - Why English is a tricky yet interesting language
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4. Desert/Dessert

Desert: (noun) a hot, dry land with little rain and few plants or people

We better be ready with gallons of water when we are in a desert

Dessert: (noun) a sweet dish served at the end of a meal (for example, cake or ice cream)

The young lad ordered a dessert even though he was full.


Online Spoken English Program for Professional and Students in Thane - Why English is a tricky yet interesting language
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Online Spoken English Program for Professional and Students in Thane - Why English is a tricky yet interesting language
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5. Break/Brake

Break: (verb) separate something into pieces or cause it to stop working—usually after dropping or misusing it

Please don’t break those expensive Italian vases.

Brake: (verb) slow down or come to a stop

One should ensure that their cars’ brake is working in top notch condition.

6. Price/Prize

Price: (noun) the money you pay for something

I didn’t buy it because the price was beyond what I was willing to pay.

Prize(noun): souvenir or an award for accomplishment

The prize was not as huge as he thought it would be.

Lose/Loose

Lose: (verb) suffer a loss or fail to keep something in your possession

Harvey Specter does not enjoy to lose his cases

Loose: (adjective) not tightly fitted

He’ s much thinner now and his clothes have become far too loose.

8. Plain/Plane/Plan

Plain: (adjective) ordinary, not decorated

This dress is too plain. I prefer something with a floral design.

Plane: (noun) short for airplane

How long will the journey take by plane?

Plan: (noun) a detailed program of action

My plan is to stay longer in places that are less often visited by tourists.

Let’S Have A Look At Words With Similar Meanings:

1. Cut/Chop

Cut: (verb) divide something into pieces with a knife or scissors

It is advised not o cut the cake before the boss comes

Chop: (verb) cut into many small pieces with repeated strokes of a knife

You have to chop the garlic finely before you add it to the pan.

2. Rob/Steal

Rob: (verb) take something away from someone by force

Someone tried to rob him while he was on his way to the party.

Steal: (verb) take something away illegally or without permission

If I accidentally leave my phone in the park, is it likely that someone might steal it?

Lend/Borrow

Lend: (verb) give someone temporary use of something on the condition that it’s returned later

You left your wallet at home? That’s okay, I can lend you some money if you please.

Borrow: (verb) receive or ask for temporary use of something on the condition that it’s returned later

I have a history test tomorrow. Could I borrow your book to study?

4. Hear/Listen

Hear: (verb) become aware of a sound

Did you hear the doorbell ring?

Listen: (verb) pay attention or be alert to a sound

I like to listen to music while I’m driving.


Online Spoken English Program for Professional and Students in Thane - Why English is a tricky yet interesting language
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Online Spoken English Program for Professional and Students in Thane - Why English is a tricky yet interesting language
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5. Ice/Snow

Ice: (noun) frozen water

It was so cold last night that my car was covered in ice today.

Snow: (noun) small white frozen drops of water that fall from the sky

The reporter says that light snow is expected today.

WUFF! Finally, it is proved that English after all is pretty confusing yet interesting language.



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