Come or Go? Is it affect, or effect? We’ve simplified the most confusing English words for you!

By now you might have noticed that English is a complex language, and it’s not just the grammar! English words can be just as puzzling. Many words have nearly the same meaning, but these English words aren’t just there to confuse you, there’s a reason. To help make your life simpler, we’ve made a list of the most commonly confused words. Thanks to our tips, you’ll never confuse these words again.

1. Come/Go

‘Come’ and ‘go’ have the same basic meaning, which is why they’re first on the list of easily-confused English words. ‘Come’ is used to show movement toward the speaker or the person being spoken to. ‘Go’ Is used to show movement away from the speaker or the person being spoken to. So if you’re in Malta at the moment, and returning home in a week, you will say ‘I’m going home in a week’, while your family will say ‘(name)’s coming home next week.’

Learn English words 2. Since and For

These two are another classic amongst easily-confused English words. ‘Since’ and ‘For’ are both used to talk about something that started in the past and continues into the present. ‘For’ is used to express the amount of time (how long). ‘Since’ is used when specifying the starting point of something. For example, ‘I’ve been a married since 2000’ or ‘I’ve been married for 17 years’.

3. Affect/Effect

‘Affect’ means to influence or create an impression on something. ‘Effect’ is the thing that is created. Sounds confusing right? A simple way to remember the difference between these English words is that ‘Affect’ is almost always a verb, whereas ‘effect’ is almost always a noun. For example, ‘The weather affects (verb) my mood’, while, ‘The weather has an effect (noun) on my mood’.

4. Advice/Advise

While these are two of the most mixed-up English words by students, they’re also the simplest to understand. ‘Advice’ is the noun (a thing), ‘advise’ is the verb (An action). As in, ‘When you need medical advice, I advise you to go to a doctor, and not use google!’

5. Practice/Practise

These English words follow the same rule as advice/advise. Practice is the noun (thing), while practise is the verb (action). For example: ‘I’m starting a course at BELS because I need more practice in English’, and, ‘While studying in Malta, I practise English every day!’

Is the difference between these confusing words clearer? Try writing some sentences using these English words, and give them to your teacher to correct! Come back for more tips!

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