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Improve Your English : Frequently Confused Words (2)
List below contains words that are frequently confused or misused. Learn the differences in meaning and usage of the words in each pair.
|Beside, Besides||Beside is a preposition meaning “alongside” or “by the side of”;
Besides means “an addition to” or “furthermore”.
In class Ray sits beside me.
Besides the cost, we also have to think about product quality.
|Bought, Brought||Bought is the past tense of buy;
Brought is the past tense of bring.
Jay bought a new computer.
He brought home the computer in his car.
|Defer, Differ||Defer means “to delay”, “to put off until another time”;
Differ means “to be unlike” or “to disagree”.
Mary has agreed to defer her departure by one week.
The two sisters differ in their looks but not in their views.
|Disinterested, Uninterested||If someone is disinterested, he is not involved in a situation and can make a fair decision;
Uninterested means he has no interest at all.
We need a disinterested member to evaluate this project.
Jim is uninterested in getting a new job nearer home.
|Emigrant, Immigrant||An emigrant leaves a country to live elsewhere;
An immigrant is someone who comes into a country.
The number of Malaysian emigrants to New Zealand has increased.
Indonesian immigrants work mostly in the construction industry.
|Eminent, Imminent||Eminent means “famous” or “outstanding”;
Imminent means “about to happen”.
Can you name one eminent Malaysian port?
All preparation have been made as the flood is imminent.