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Improve Your English : Frequently Confused Words (1)
List below contains words that are frequently confused or misused. Learn the differences in meaning and usage of the words in each pair.
|Accept, Except||Accept means “to take something that is offered”;
Except means “to leave out” or “exclude”.
Don’t accept anything from strangers.
Everyone except John came for the meeting.
|Adopt, Adapt||To adopt someone or something is to make them one’s own;
If you adapt something, you make it suitable for a new purpose or need.
My uncle and aunt have adopted a child since they don’t have any children of their own.
This novel has been adapted into a film.
|Advice , Advise||Advice is a noun that refers to an opinion or suggestion given;
Advise is a verb meaning to suggest.
You must accept your teacher’s advice.
I’m in trouble, please advise me.
|All ready, Already||All ready means “everyone is prepared”;
Already means “completed”.
Mum, we are all ready to go.
She has already packed her bags.
|Almost, Most||Almost means “nearly”;
Most means “a greater part of a whole”.
Jack was almost knocked down by a car.
Most of the workers here are from India.
|Breath, Breathe||Breath is a noun meaning “air taken into the lung”;
Breathe is a verb meaning “to inhale and exhale”.
Take a deep breath before diving into the water.
Help me, I can’t breathe.