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Confusing words and phrases in English

There are words and phrases in English that are very confusing. These words are commonly used in IELTS and TOEFL tests. Note that these words may be problematic for you and may lower your score on the English language tests you take. That is why in this article we try to introduce confusing words in English to you dear ones, so stay tuned.

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Ten confusing English words

Some of these words are confusing because of their appearance. Others confuse learners because of their pronunciation, and some because of their specific and different uses. We will explain these words together to make it easier for you to understand.

Allowed / aloud

allowed means “to ask for permission” while aloud has the same meaning as “loud”.

Bored / board

Bored means losing interest (dull / tired) but board is a “wide piece of wood”.

Break / brake

 The meaning of Break is clear, but the meaning of brake is what you do to “slow down” a car or bicycle.

New / knew

New means the opposite of old, while knew is the past tense of the verb know and means “to know”.

piece / peace

A pie is “a part of something” (even the first three letters are made up of a pie). But the meaning of peace is “the absence of voice and enmity.”

past / passed

Past is a noun, but passed is a verb that has an s and ed added.

sure / shore

Sure means “certain”. But shore means “beach or shoreline”.

stairs / Stares

stairs is a noun but the current Stares means “stare eagerly”.

they’re / their / there

One way to summarize is they are.

Their adjective is an object.

there is a place like the phrase over there.

whether / weather

Whether indicates a choice “whether or not” while weather refers to the weather condition.

The difference of a few words is confusing

The number of confusing words in English is very high, but here we want to teach you the difference between some of these words.

The difference between lonely and alone

We use alone when we say we are alone, but we use lonely when we feel uncomfortable as a result of being alone. alone refers to a physical state but lonely refers to a mental state. Note the following example.

Sometimes I like to be alone.

You won’t be so lonely there.

The difference between hope and wish

Wish is naturally used when there is very little chance that our wish will come true. Hope means to be hopeful and is used when there is a good chance that something will happen. Consider the following example:

some people wish to have wings.

We are all going to the stadium, we hope our team wins.

The difference between job and work

Other confusing words in English are work and job. The difference between the two words is that job is a job that we have and work is a job that we do as a task in that job. Note the following example.

I completed my work in the afternoon

I earn 2000 dollars from my job on a monthly basis

We hope that the differences we have mentioned are understandable and that you will be able to identify them more easily from now on and choose the right word to use them with more confidence.

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