Questions tagged [confusable]

This tag is for words, or phrases that are easily confused with each other.

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Difference: about or just about?

What is the difference between the following? a. John gave me just about 100 dollars. b. John gave me about 100 dollars.
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Using “to” or “for” or not

I have came across a sentence made without "for" or "to", therefore I have a little confused. The sentence is: It can help you maintain a healthy weight. Don't we need to use preposition ...
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Why is New York often said with the word “City” in English?

Usually, while watching some videos/movies or reading books in English, I tend to see that people always adding the word "City" to New York(New York City). What's behind this stuff in English? I can ...
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Agreement of multiple objects with one verb

How would a native speaker understand such a sentence? She truly believes in the power of diversity and collective intelligence She believes in the power of diversity AND SHE ALSO BELIEVES in ...
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We got a PM who’s [sic] 93 years old

while @elmoehussaini posted: “We got a PM who’s [sic] 93 years old. We got a Team of Eminent Persons to repair the economy who are of 60 years old and above. I guess the “I’m too old for this s***” is ...
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I am good or I am well?

It is another confusing stuff for me, because I am getting answers after my question: how are you? 1. I am good. 2. I am well. I tried to find which one is correct and I found that both are correct. ...
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“Date”, “Meeting”, “Gathering” and “Appointment”

As far as I know, a romantic meeting can be called a "date". They both like each other. But when you meet a person who provide you with a service such as a dentist, doctor, psychologist, lawyer..., it ...
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Verbs for the word achievements e.g other achievements he … are (fill … in)

Does this make sense? Other achievements he attained... Or is it "obtained"? Thank you everyone! This is my first time using this website and you have been very helpful.
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What is this large mammal with antlers called: a moose or an elk?

Is it a moose or an elk in the picture attached? It's from this Wikipedia article. I've always called this animal an elk. Wiki says: The moose (North America) or elk (Eurasia), Alces alces, is the ...
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How to avoid the spelling mistake of Android vs Andorid?

Most of the time when I'm trying to write the word Android, I get the confusion about it's spelling, like will it be Andorid or Android. So most of the time I was written wrong spelling. To overcome ...
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Is there a way to not mix up these words

I often mix up these words when I writing some short text quickly. than and then their and there this and these I also have some hesitation about usage of 'than' and 'then'. Is there a way that do ...
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Screenshoting Or Screenshotting?

Which one is correct? Screenshot is probably a noun. I screenshotting grammatically correct? or it's just screenshoting?
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Use of loose and lose [closed]

Do we use loose or lose when a team has been defeated? For us to win the league,we must not loose/lose again. I've always used lose.But,so often I see alot of people using loose,am I the one who ...
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Why is “aircrafts” bad English, while “crafts” is okay?

I am puzzled by this. Why is "aircrafts" invalid, while "crafts" can be used legitimately? I've also heard that "crafts" cannot be used because the plural of "craft" is always "craft". Which is right?
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Do we say something for affect or effect?

Do we say something for affect or effect? For instance, if I give the description of a round ball, it seems that the word round is redundant; however, I have chosen to combine those words "for affect/...
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What is the easiest way to remember where to use “could” and “would” while talking to someone?

Whenever I speak it gets confusing for me where to use "would" and "could". I want some easy tips on how to use it. I mean overall how to use this model verbs for the past sentences and for the ...
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Continued help understanding affect/effect

I have done this for 2 decades now. I don't think I ever want to forget this again. Because of the confusion I am continuously questioning myself on it. I know that affect influences and effect is the ...
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Difference between “constitutional” and “constituent”

Should "constitutional" be changed to "constituent" in the following sentence? Or do both of them give the same meaning? The spectra indicate the removal of constitutional water from the octahedral ...
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Difference between “suspected”, “a suspect” and “suspicious” [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between suspected: have an idea or impression of the existence, presence, or truth of (something) without certain proof. suspicious having or showing a cautious ...
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(Whose) Who's bright idea was it to leave the refrigerator open? [closed]

Have a look at the following dictionary entry, line 5: Who's bright idea was it to leave the refrigerator open? Source: Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary under the entry: ...
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What is the diffenence between ' specially' and ' especially'?

Can anyone tell the the difference between these two words, and in which condition should they be used?
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Low values vs Small values

I would like to describe the indication of some numerical index, let us say x. I would like to say that if x << n then this indicate positive impact however x >> n this indicate negative ...
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When to use 'effective' and 'affective'

I find the words 'effective' and 'affective' confusing. When should each of these be used? Post Script: I have checked the dictionaries that I use (of course, not the ones that run in several volumes)...
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The use of “very” and “so” in the “that-clause”

I'm very sorry that I can't join you. I'm so sorry that I can't join you. Which one is grammatical and correct? Thanks in advance.
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Is there a difference between “revoke” and “revocate”?

I'm trying to find a verb that would correspond to noun "revocation", and it seems logical to me that I should use "revocate". However, in many editors this word is highlighted by the spell checker, ...
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famous for “its”… or famous for without “its”

Madura is famous for its heart-stopping bull race, filled with excitement. Madura is famous for a heart-stopping bull race, filled with excitement. Could you please tell me the difference of ...
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“Both stand valid” or “Both stands valid”

I was answering a question in ELL and I got stuck between the usage of 'stand' and 'stands' in the phrase 'both stand/stands valid'. Which one is the correct version? Context: (Question) Which is ...
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Using “For” and “To” interchangeably

This question always confused me and finally I decided to know which one is correct and wrong! Can we use "for" and "to" interchangeably? for example: He always goes to the confectionery to buy ...
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writing details for house sale advertisement

I was posting an house sale advertisement and wanted to say that all the rooms of the house dont have any problems with light and fresh air passes through the rooms. How can i write about that in the ...
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Correct use of floor and flooring

I was writing a question on Home Improvement, when I realized that I don't really know how to use the two words floor and flooring. Here's one example from familyhandyman.com that confuses me: How ...
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Why “original painting” and not “genuine painting”?

"This is a copy; the original painting is in the Louvre museum". Why can't we use the word "genuine" (not a copy or a fake), instead of "original?"
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Usage of Disinterested vs. uninterested

Both words seem to mean the following: Having or feeling no interest in something or someone. When do we use disinterested vs. uninterested? Are they interchangeable?
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What's the differences between 'get it right' and 'make it right'?

I know that both "get it right" and "make it right" have a meaning of "correction", but what's the significant difference between them?
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When is last Tuesday if it's Wednesday

If we are in the middle of the week and I want to refer to a day just passed in the same week, such as the case in the title, would I still say, for example, last Tuesday? Or would that mean the ...
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“For” versus “on” in the given sentence

I was shocked when my teacher told me that this sentence is wrong: Do not congratulate him for his success. Could anyone explain why we can't use for here? I know that on is another competitor. ...
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Meaningful use of 'hard to believe'

We often say or write, "It is hard to believe." Similarly, would it be correct if we say "He is hard to believe" to mean that whatever he is saying is hard to believe? I am getting confused here?
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Does this count as an affirmation?

I've encountered similar situations many times and I am at a total loss regarding the actual meaning of the phrase. Here's the example/reference: I ask while chatting with my friends "Not ...
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Which is the appropriate word here : 'wish' or 'want'?

I read the two sentences below and I am confused as to which one is more appropriate. I wish you to be mine. I want you to be mine. The word wish refers to desire and the word want refers ...
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Is there any good methodology to help remember sound-alike words?

I'm working mostly with non-native English speakers, and I it becomes apparent that sound-alike words often cause confusion, particularly in business emails. There are too many of these words to make ...
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“Its” and “it's” - how to remember?

What is a good mnemonic rule that an English learner can use to remember the difference between its (possessive adjective: a team has started its lunch) and it's (verb: it's raining)?
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Is “Agree to NOUN” instead of “Agree to VERB” acceptable?

I'm aware about two usages of the verb agree: To agree with somebody or something: I agreed with him. I agree with this idea. To agree to do something: We agreed to stop and eat. However, I ...
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Are “stress” and “distress” interchangable?

Are the words distress, and stress interchangeable? I have heard them used in the same place, but are they the same? He was very (stressed/distressed) about his co-workers thoughts of his idea.
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Is there a mnemonic that helps remembering when I should use “hate,” and when “ate”?

Being an Italian native speaker, I sometimes write ate when I should have written hate, and vice versa. Is there a mnemonic I could use to remember when I should write ate, and when hate?
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How can I make use of mnemonics? [closed]

During self-study, especially English, I occasionally see suggestions that include mnemonic rules. I understand they can help me with studying, but I don't get these ideas. Here's a typical example: ...
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Understanding difference between “intense” and “intensive”

"Intense" and "intensive" are two different words: If you are putting forth an intense effort, your work is “intense”: “My intense study of Plato convinced me that I would make a good leader.” ...
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The vs. a: Surprising use of the

Consider the following exchange: A: How are you getting to Seoul? B: I'm taking the train. Note B's use of the. Usually, we use the when the listener knows which one. So, why doesn't B say a?
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Difference between “alright” and “all right”?

Is there any difference between "alright" and "all right"? I can find both forms in different articles (especially on the Internet), although all right seems to be more common. I was wondering if ...
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How can I remember the difference between “lay” and “laid”?

I often confuse lay and laid. For instance, in selecting the appropriate word in these contexts: She lay/laid a hand on his arm. He lay/laid across the bench lazily. We lay/laid down our ...
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How can I remember the difference between “loose” and “lose”?

Although both words can be found in dictionaries, I'm constantly forgetting which one is which. Are there any mnemonic rules that would help me remembering them?