You might have seen many people who don’t like English, and if you ask what’s the reason for them to dislike English, the majority of them will say that they find the English words confusing. Well, irrespective of age, people often get confused with words that have the same pronunciation or almost the same spelling. But the confusion of pronunciation or spelling often leads people to use these words in a completely wrong context.
To ensure that students don’t get confused while using such words, BYJU’S has come up with a unique solution. In this article, students will get a list as well as the meaning of commonly misused words, which will thus make it easier for kids to understand when and how to use these words. With BYJU’S, students don’t have to worry about how to learn english anymore; just go through the meanings of commonly confused words, and you will never get confused with them.
- Quite and quiet – How many times have we all got confused while using the terms ‘quite’ and ‘quiet’? Many times, isn’t it! And teachers have reported that students, irrespective of their class, have often made mistakes while using these words. Now, how can someone remember what’s the difference between ‘quite’ and ‘quiet’? The simple way to remember the difference between ‘quite’ and ‘quiet’ is the former is the adverb, and the latter is an adjective. The term ‘quite’ means the utmost degree or completely. In contrast the term ‘quiet’ means to make no or little noise, i.e., being noiseless and discreet.
- Later and latter – Do you do a thing ‘later’ or ‘latter’? Confusing, isn’t it! Well, the difference is not just with an extra ‘t’! The term ‘later’ is an adverb, whereas the term ‘latter’ is an adjective. When you use ‘later’, it refers to a time afterwards or after a point of time in the present, whereas the term ‘latter’ is used to refer to happening at the end of any activity.
- Its and it’s – One of the most common mistakes that students make is when they use the terms “its” and “it’s”. It is very important the students know the difference between its and it’s as it will help them use it in the correct context. A single apostrophe can change the entire meaning of the sentence. In simple terms, when you use ‘its’ in a sentence, it is used as a possessive pronoun and used to refer to something that has previously been mentioned. Whereas the term ‘it’s’ is simply the contraction of ‘it has’ or ‘it is’. Once students understand this point of difference between the two, it will be easier for them to implement the terms in sentences.
- Desert and dessert – A single ‘s’ goes missing, and your tasty sweet dish becomes a hot land with sand and dust! The term ‘desert’ can be used both as a noun and a verb. When used as a noun, it means geographical feature, i.e., the land of sands with no/minimum rainfall, whereas when used as a verb, it means to abandon something/someone. The term ‘dessert’ means a sweet dish that’s generally served after the main course.
- Hair and heir – Haven’t we all got confused between these two words sometime or the other? Well, to ensure that you don’t get confused anymore with these words, here’s the difference between these two. Though both are nouns, ‘hair’ refers to fine strands that grow on the skin of humans as well as animals. Whereas ‘heir’ simply means a person who succeeds their predecessor or someone who’s legally entitled to get rank or property after their predecessor.
These are some of the commonly confused words, and once students go through the list of these words, they can understand how one is different from the other. So go ahead and read the entire list.