Do grammar mistakes make you want to go back to school? Not your fault! English is a confusing language. Even the best subject matter expert falters and makes silly mistakes when it comes to spellings and meanings of certain words in English.
When I type an email to a client in a hurry, I tend to write words that mean the opposite of what was intended, making me look like a darn fool. So today, we take a look at the commonly confused words, to wrap your head around it, so you can avoid making these silly willy errors.
You’re vs. Your
This reminds me of the hilarious scene from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Yes, guys, this is one of the most common mistakes we make day in and day out, without even realizing it. So, here goes the difference.
Then vs. Than
This usually happens when we fail to understand that while the former is related to time, the latter is used to compare. ‘Then’ is an adverb that gives the reader an idea of the sequence of a series of actions. ‘Than’ is a conjunction used to make comparison between two objects, situations, etc.
It’s vs. Its
This is confusing mainly because of the apostrophe. Use ‘its’ when you want to say that something belongs to someone. Using ‘it’s’ is quite simple. The full form of ‘it’s’ is ‘it is’. So use it accordingly.
Advise vs. Advice
This is often misunderstood and hence, misused. Since both these words are very close to each other in terms of their meanings, it is imperative, therefore, to first understand the meanings of both. ‘Advice’ is a noun which means information, guidance or suggestion. ‘Advise’ is a verb and means giving out suggestion or counseling.
Loose vs. Lose
Many people mix up these two words. This also roots from the fact that they have similar pronunciations. While ‘loose’ means that something that’s not tight or rigid, ‘lose’ means ‘the loss of something’.
Affect vs. Effect
The other morning, my colleague annoyingly said, I hate how the rains effect normal life. Well, if you just passed a smile that meant ‘I know that too well’, you’re not alone. Affect or effect? We tend to mess it up all the time, don’t we? ‘Affect’ is when something’s bringing about a change in your life, routine or thinking process. ‘Effect’ is generally, the outcome of some event or situation.
Hope this article helps you to avoid using the commonly confused words and excel at written English. Know more of such words? Share them in the comments section below.