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Tricks to Learn Confusing English Words

Published on Monday, March 19, 2018
Tricks to Learn Confusing English Words
Dear learners, I want to let you know the importance of synonyms.
Definition: A word having the same or nearly the same meaning is called a synonym.
Words often have many different synonyms. 
  • For example, Drab, ebony, murky, dull and shady are all synonyms for “dark”. 
  • For example instead of saying “ His hair was dark”. You can say “ His hair was inky”. 
  • In writing, especially creative writing, repeating the same words numerous times can make writing dull or uninteresting. Replacing a word with an equivalent one it reveals your capability of writing. 
One thing to remember is some words have slightly different meanings and to be used in different ways.
Here is the list. Read them and use inappropriate place. 

Able --- Capable

Able = it conveys a general idea.
  • Eg: I shall be able to help you when I get money. 
Capable = it conveys a particular idea.
  • Eg: She is capable of drafting letters. 

Abstain--- Refrain

Abstain =it is used with reference to a thing .
  • Eg: Manoj abstained from drugs. 
Refrain = it is used with reference to an action.
  • Eg : We must refrain from criticizing others. 

Adapt --- Adopt

Adapt = adjust
  • Eg: We have to adapt ourselves to changing times. 
Adopt = follow
  • Eg: I adopted a novel technique in teaching. 

Assent --- Consent

Assent = it refers to an official agreement.
  • Eg: The chief Minister assented to the proposal. 
Consent = it refers to a general agreement.
  • Eg: He expressed his consent to sell the house. 

Avenge --- Revenge

Avenge = to punish evildoers.
  • Eg: He avenged the death of her father. 
Revenge = to punish someone to gratify one’s grudge.
  • Eg: Rajesh took revenge with Raja for his misdeeds. 

Banish --- Exile

Banish = send away (somebody) out of the country.
  • Eg: The King banished him after he was proved guilty. 
Exile = it is sometimes voluntary.
  • Eg: The poet lived in exile for more years. 

Battle --- War --- Fight.

Battle = refers to a single fight.
  • Eg: The Kong was defeated in the battle. 
War = a series of fights or battles.
  • Eg: The First World War took place in 1914. 
Fight = a quarrel between two persons or a limited group.
  • Eg: The five brothers had a big fight among themselves. 

Blunder --- Mistake --- Error

Blunder = a serious or gross mistake in relation to action or policy.
  • Eg: The politician committed a political blunder in his foreign policy. 
Mistake = refers to wrongs relating to mechanical nature.
  • Eg: I found several spelling mistakes in his essay. 
Error = pertains to action or policy.
  • Eg: He collected a number of common errors from magazines and newspapers. 

Bring --- Fetch

Bring = to get something for someone
  • Eg: Please bring me a book from the library. 
Fetch = to go and bring.
  • Eg: Could you please fetch me a cool drink? 

Ceiling --- Roof

Ceiling = The inner part of a roof.
  • Eg: We have to get the ceiling of our house repaired. 
Roof = top covering of the house.
  • Eg: I saw a bird on the roof of my house. 

Change --- Alter

Change = replace one by another.
  • Eg: My father changed his job. 
Alter = to modify.
  • Eg: She altered her dress. 

Compare --- Contrast

Compare = point out the similarities and differences.
  • Eg: Shakespeare compared the world to a stage. 
Contrast = point out only differences.
  • Eg: I found a lot of contrast between Praveen and Naveen. 

Custom --- Habit

Custom = relates to society.
  • Eg: Shaking hands are a custom of the British. 
Habit = refers to an individual.
  • Eg: He has a habit of reading books. 

Decrease --- Diminish

Decrease = due to unknown causes or reason.
  • Eg: Most of the Indian forests have decreased recently. 
  • Diminish = due to known cause. 
Eg: Her appetite for food diminished by overeating.

Disability --- Inability

Disability = physical deformity.
  • Eg: Raju’s disability obstructed his progress. 
Inability = having no ability to do something.
  • Eg: She expressed her inability to speak in the public. 

Finally, I want to conclude that if you want to improve upon your writing skills start by learning these synonyms. The correct use of synonyms can transform your writing boring to exciting or repetitive to imaginative.

Thank you.
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