A lot of words are similar but with different meanings. It is almost impossible to avoid making mistakes in English, but if you have a look ate these explanations, you might able to avoid making these ones.
Advice - advise
Advice is a noun, which means an opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you should act in a particular situation.
I need someone to give me some advice.
Advise is a verb, which means to give information and suggest types of action.
I advise everybody to be nice to their teacher.
Accept - except
Accept is a verb, which means to agree to take something.
I always accept good advice.
Except is usually used as a preposition or conjunction, which means not including.
I teach every day except Sunday(s).
Apart - a part
Apart (adv) separated by distance or time.
I always feel so lonely when we're apart.
A part (noun) a piece of something that forms the whole of something.
They made me feel like I was a part of the family.
Bought - brought
Bought is the past tense of the verb "to buy".
I bought a newspaper at the newsagents.
Brought is the past tense of the verb "to bring".
She brought her homework to the lesson.
If you know more examples, please post them here. Thanks. :-)
hey martha, you seem so helpful to busuu community especially to thosse who study English. Keep it up..
'll give an example but a different one. they're different words but same meaning...
famous and infamous =]
Thanks for your example!! :-)
Different words with the same meaning are called synonyms. The word "synonym" is a composite of two Greek words: The prefix "syn" means "together" and "onym" is "name". Synonym - together naming the same thing.
Some examples are:
Fast - quick
Answer - replay
Certain - sure
False - erroneus
Keep - maintain
Important - essential
The list goes on...
thank you so much for your example.
There are words called homonyms in English. They have the same pronunciation but different meanings. There are so many of them it's impossible to list them all, but here are a few of the most common ones:
to / too/ two
to: a preposition expressing motion in the direction of - I am going to Africa.
too: an adverb meaning to a higher degree than is desirable,permissible or possible. He is driving too fast. This T shirt is too small for me.
two: a number
new:adjective meaning not exisiting before, not used - opposite of old.
knew: verb past tense of to know.
feet / feat
feet:noun, plural form of foot
feat: noun meaing an achievement that requires great courage, skill or strength
sail / sale
sail: noun - a piece of material extende on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat oor verb - to sail - the use of a ship as a means of transport
sale: noun - the act of selling something
Then there are the words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently and have different meanings:
wound (pronounced woond) noun - an injury caused by a cut, blow or other impact
wound (pronounced wowned) past tense of to wind.
read (prounced reed) verb present tense to read
read (pronounced red) verb past tense of to read
bow: (pronounced bo)noun a knot tied with two loops and two loose ends
bow: (pronounced bow to rhyme with cow))verb to bend the head or upper part of the body as a sign of respect or noun - the front end of a ship
bough (pronounced bow to rhyme with cow) noun -a main branch of a tree
The list is endless! English is a difficult language.
Hello!! my name is Vilas I'd ask what diffrant read -present and read past?
I mean how recognis?
sorry, my english is very- very poor!!
Thanks! Your help is very useful. :-)
Read - present tense and read - past tense are spelled exactly the same but they are pronounced differently,
Present tense is read - pronounced reed - long e sound
Past tense read is pronounced red - short e sound.
The only way to tell them apart is from the context (meaning) of what you are reading or writing