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Improve Your English : Frequently Confused Words (3)
List below contains words that are frequently confused or misused. Learn the differences in meaning and usage of the words in each pair.
|Ensure, Insure||Ensure means “to make sure”;
Insure means “to arrange for compensation in the event of damage to or loss”.
You must ensure that everyone gets enough food.
Please insure these goods before exporting them.
|Fewer, Less||Fewer is used with nouns that can be counted;
Less is used for uncountable nouns.
Fewer students attended the meeting last week.
There was less discussion about the new school rules.
|Hear, Here||Hear means “listen”;
Here means “in this place”.
I can’t hear you, talk loudly please.
You can put all the books here.
|Imaginary, Imaginative||Imaginary is something that exists only in the mind;
Imaginative means “creative”.
His fear are only imaginary.
Julie paints well as she is imaginative.
|Latter, Later||Latter refers to the second of the two things;
Later means after the usual time.
I bought both cakes and fruits, but my children only ate the latter.
I arrived at 7 p.m. my parents arrived an hour later.
|Lose, Loose||Lose means “to suffer a loss” or “mislay”;
Loose means “free” or “not tied up”.
You must not lose the house key.
I can’t wear this shirt, it’s too loose.
|Memorable, Memorial||Memorable refers to something that is remembered because it is special or unusual;
Memorial is a structure built to remind people of a famous person or event.
We had a memorable holiday in Bangkok.
The war memorial is certainly worth a visit.