Most Confusing English Words with Exercise: Part 7

DEAR & DEER

DEAR

Meaning: Regarded with deep affection.
Example: She is my dear friend.


DEER

Meaning: A hoofed grazing or browsing animal.
Example: They found a baby deer and rescued it.

CURRANT & CURRENT

CURRANT

Meaning: A small dried fruit.
Example: The dish was made with beef, mutton, raisins, currants, and mixed spices.’

CURRENT

Meaning: Belonging to the present time
Example: I started my current job in 2001.

COLONEL & KERNEL

COLONEL

Meaning: A rank of officer in the army.
Example: There are many officers in the embassy who are equivalent to general officers and colonels.

KERNEL

Meaning: A softer, usually edible part of a nut, seed, or fruit stone contained within its shell.
Example: Macadamia is cultivated for its edible kernels.

CANVAS & CANVASS

CANVAS

Meaning: A strong, coarse unbleached cloth used to make items such as sails and tents and as a surface for oil painting.
Example: ‘The fabrics include washed denim and heavy canvas.

CANVASS

Meaning: Try to obtain support.
Example: They're canvassing support among shareholders.

CASH & CACHE

CASH

Meaning: Money in coins or notes
Example: The staff members were paid in cash.

CACHE

Meaning: An auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible.
Example: Typical cache sizes range from 64K to 256K.

MALE & MAIL

MALE

Meaning: Relating to or characteristic of men or male animals.
Example: I heard a deep male voice.

MAIL

Meaning: Letters and parcels sent by post.
Example: I did not receive any mail.

MAID & MADE

MAID

Meaning: A female domestic servant.
Example: She managed to find a job as a maid.

MADE

Meaning: The past and past participle of make.
Example: This is a Japanese-made camera.

MANOR & MANNER

MANOR

Meaning: A large country house with lands.
Example: His manor house in the English countryside is really beautiful.

MANNER

Meaning: A way in which a thing is done or happens.
Example: She is taking notes in an unobtrusive manner.

NAVAL & NAVEL

NAVAL

Meaning: Relating to a navy or navies.
Example: A naval base.

NAVEL

Meaning: A rounded knotty depression in the centre of a person's belly.
Example: The dead man has a Batman tattoo and a pierced navel.

PALE & PAIL

PALE

Meaning: Light in colour or shade; containing little colour or pigment.
Example: We will choose pale floral patterns for walls.

PAIL

Meaning: A bucket.
Example: Residents cooperated in extinguishing the fire by using pails to fetch water from the nearby river.

Test Your Memory

1. He is very ……to me. (Dear/deer)
2. Looping back around, I got a closer look at the ears and realised that it was a ……. (Dear/deer)
3. Combine the butter, ……, sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, and water in a saucepan. (Currant/current)
4. One ……trend is to make the skirt panels extremely stiff.(Currant/current)
5. There are five women ……qualified for promotion. (Colonels/kernel)
6. The ……of a walnut. (Colonels/kernel)
7. I need a ……bag. (Canvas/canvass)
8. I will also ……the support of some organisations and labour movements. (Canvas/canvass)
9. The $300 deposit can be made using cheques, credit card or……. (Cash/cache)
10. A similar argument can be applied to copies in the …… memory of computers. (Cash/cache)
11. To get the ……point of view, they interview one man. (Mail/male)
12. Many surveys have shown that most people like to receive direct……. (Mail/male)
13. She worked as a domestic ……with a family in Mangalore. (Maid/made)
14. I like hand…… chocolates. (Maid/made)
15. He hired an interior planner for the interior alterations and additions to the ……house. (Manor/manner)
16. This activity is done in a conventional…….(Manor/manner)
17. She is married to a ……officer. (Navel/naval)
18. If the patient wears a ……ring, she is asked to remove it. (Navel/naval)
19. She looked ……and drawn. (Pale/pail)
20. I need a ……to soak the leather. (Pale/pail)

Answers

1. Dear
2. Deer
3. Currants
4. Current
5. Colonels
6. Kernel
7. Canvas
8. Canvass
9. Cash
10. Cache
11. Male
12. Mail
13. Maid
14. Made
15. Manor
16. Manner
17. Naval
18. Navel
19. Pale
20. Pail
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