10 September 2020
We all know English is a crazy language.
Many words have the same spelling and pronunciation.
Some of these words confuse even native speakers, especially when writing.
For example, when do we use "advice" and when do we use "advise"?
And what about "bear" and "bare"?
For English learners, these similar words can be confusing.
To help you, we have created this list. On it you will find pairs of similar sounding the most confusing English words - English words that are confused all the time.
Bear / beər / (British English) / ber / (American English) - may be both a noun and a verb meaning “to bear”, “endure”, “endure”.
There are things we believe we cannot bear.
Bare (naked) is pronounced exactly like bear (English is crazy, remember?).
But all we could see was bare rock and sand...
A Compliment /ˈkɒm.plɪ.mənt/ (British English) /ˈkɑːm.plə.mənt/ (American English) is something nice about somebody else, something pleasant that is said to another person.
It's easy to confuse this word with complement, which again has exactly the same pronunciation as compliment, but means "add" or "support"
That wine complements the meat dish well.
Affect / əˈfekt / also can be understood as "influence".
Know your enemy, it might affect your strategy.
Effect / ɪˈfekt / (British English) / əˈfekt / (American English) means as “impact”.
Financial sanctions are having an effect.
These three are very confusing. Further /ˈfɜː.ðər/ and farther /ˈfɑː.ðər/ have the same meaning - "going forward", but are used in different situations.
Farther - Used when talking about physical distance.
The school is farther than the station.
Further - used for abstract situations.
A further stabilization and segmentation of the real estate market is expected this year.
Father /ˈfɑː.ðər/ is pronounced exactly like farther and I think you know what that word means.
Luke, I am your father..
These words have similar spellings, similar meanings and only a slight difference in pronunciation.
Advise is a verb. We pronounce it with the sound z - / ədˈvaɪz /
Advice is a noun. It is pronounced with a sound with - / ədˈvaɪs /.
Help him, give him a piece of advice.
And one more thing, (as if not enough), note that advice is an uncountable noun, therefore, it would be wrong to say an advice, instead, a piece of advice is used ( English is what? Right!)
Author: Andew Shapovalov
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