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Confusing English words

 

English can be confusing sometimes. Because there are similar words with different meanings, it is easy to make some mistakes.

 

Here is a list of common pairs of words that can be confused:

 

ALREADY/ALL READY

 

Already- By this time (ya)              "I have already done it"

 

All ready- Fully prepared (todo listo/preparado)  

 

 "Everything is all ready for the party"

 

 

ALL TOGETHER/ ALTOGETHER

 

All together means everything or everyone together

 

            “Come on, everybody!  All together, 1 . 2 . 3 ….”

 

Altogether means ‘completely’ or ‘everything considered’

 

           “I’m not altogether happy about letting him go to the  park on his own.”

           

BAD/BADLY

 

Bad- Not good (adjetivo, describe las cosas o las personas)

           

           "This cheese tastes bad"      "I fell bad today"

 

Badly- Not well, in a bad manner (adverbio, describe los verbos o las

 

acciones)

 

           "The printer works badly"       "I get on badly with him"

 

BESIDE/BESIDES

 

Beside -Close to/next to.  It is usually used for people and animals

 

           “The children slept beside me”      “I like to be beside the sea.”

          

      

Besides is a preposition and adverb meaning ‘in addition to’

 

             “Besides learning French and English, she learned Chinese too”

 

            “It’s too wet to eat out, and besides, we have plenty of food at home”

 

     Besides is also  used to mean ‘apart from’

 

             “The weather was horrible, there was nothing to do besides                        watching the TV.”

 

 

BORED/BORING

 

Bored can be a feeling, like hunger or thirst

 

             “Can we leave the party, I’m really bored.” 

 

               “We should play a game, I think the students are bored”

 

Boring is a quality:

 

             “That film was really boring”     “That man is so boring” 

                

     Bored and boring are also part of the verb to bore

 

             “Don’t bore me with all your holiday photographs!” 

 

             “He bored us by talking about politics all night” 

 

             “Sorry, am I boring you?”

        

 

     

DESERT/DESSERT

   

Desert- Dry, sandy area (desierto)

 

                  "When I go to Morocco, I'll spend one night in the desert"

 

Dessert- Final sweet course in a meal (postre)

 

                    Would you like to see the dessert menu?

 

DRESS UP/GET DRESSED

 

Dress up- When you put on special clothes for a wedding, performance or a fancy dress party

 

                   "I dressed up as a zombie for Halloween"

 

Get dressed- Is what we do every morning

 

                   "I'm going to miss the train, I have to get dressed in a hurry"

 

QUIET/QUITE

 

Quiet- Silent,calm

     

                  "During the performance people were very quite"

 

Quite- Very

                

                  "Trust me, I'm quite sure about that"

 

SOMETIME/SOMETIMES

 

Sometimes is an adverb of frequency

 

          “I sometimes lose my keys.”       “He annoys me sometimes.”

 

Sometime is an unspecified time

 

          “Come and visit me sometime”

 

          “I need to go to the supermarket sometime today”

 

     Sometime implies one, unspecified time

 

         

Anytime implies one or more unspecified times, and emphasises that the hour or the day is not important:

 

        “Feel free to come and see me anytime”    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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