Homophones, Complex Grammar, Puzzling Pronunciation
Finally speak correctly and avoid making the most common mistakes in English language.
Affect or effect?
Affect is a verb meaning ‘influence or cause someone or something to change’:
The cold weather has really affected her health.
New technologies continue to affect how we live.
Effect is a noun that means ‘the result of an influence’:
The pollution in the city had a bad effect on me.
Most people these days understand the serious effects of smoking.
Source: English Grammar Today
Aisle vs Isle
Aisle - a long, narrow space between rows of seats in an aircraft, cinema, or church:
Would you like an aisle seat or would you prefer to be by the window?
Aisle - a long, narrow space between the rows of shelves in a large shop:
You'll find the shampoo and the soap in the fourth aisle from the entrance.
Isle - (used especially in place names) an island:
Explore the more remote Caribbean isles.
Conscious vs Conscientious
Conscious - to notice that a particular thing or person exists or is present:
I think she's very conscious of being the only person in the office who didn't have a university education.
Conscientious - working hard and careful to do things well
She is a very conscientious student.
Especially or specially?
Especially and specially are adverbs.
Especially means ‘particularly’ or ‘above all’:
She loves flowers, especially roses.
I am especially grateful to all my family and friends who supported me.
Not: Especially I am …
We use specially to talk about the specific purpose of something:
This kitchen was specially designed to make it easy for a disabled person to use.
He has his shirts made specially for him by a tailor in London.
Source: English Grammar Today
Serious vs Series
Serious - not joking
I was serious when I said I liked your dress.
Series - a set of television or radio programmes that are all about a particular subject, person, or group of people
Friends is the best series ever! I didn't miss any of the episodes.
Compliment vs Complement
Compliment - verb: to say something nice to or about someone
noun:something nice that you say to praise someone
He kept paying me compliments on my new haircut.
I was just complimenting my mun on her wonderful dress.
Complement - verb: to combine or complete each other
noun: - something that combines well with something else
Strawberries and chocolate complement each other perfectly.
The photographs are a great complement to the text of the article.
Die vs Dye
Die - to stop being alive
This old man is dying of cancer.
Dye - to change the colour of something using a special liquid:
How to dye your hair blonde at home?
Practicable vs Practical
Practicable -manageable and possible; capable of happening
Is this a practicable solution or only an empty promise?
Practical - 1. functional; efficient 2. realistic; down-to-earth 3.useful or suitable
I need some practical suggestions on how lose weight.
My wife is always practical and full of common sense.
I need a practical car for the family.