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Improve Your English : Frequently Confused Words (4)
List below contains words that are frequently confused or misused. Learn the differences in meaning and usage of the words in each pair.
|Peace, Piece||Peace means “no war”;
Piece means “a part of” or “a bit”.
In Malaysia we always have peace.
Who wants this piece of cake?
|Personal, Personnel||Personal means “belonging” or “relating to an individual”;
Personnel refers to workers or employees in a company or organisation.
Please do not talk about his personal problem.
We need extra personnel for the sales department.
|Practice, Practise||Practice is a noun;
Practise is a verb.
The practice will be held every Friday.
You must practise writing your own essays.
|Principal, Principle||Principal means “head” or “chief”;
Principle means “basic truth” or “rule of conduct”.
The principal of this college is from Ireland.
Amin always follows the correct principle in life.
|Quiet, Quite||Quiet is an adjective meaning “free from noise”;
Quite is an adverb meaning “to a certain extent” or “more or less”.
Please be quiet, I want to study.
I haven’t seen you for quite a while.
|Sergeant, Surgeon||Sergeant refers to a rank in the army or police;
Surgeon is a doctor who performs operations.
My father is a sergeant in the army.
The surgeon completed the operation in two hours.