How many have you got between two words that you thought could be used interchangeably and have similar meanings? Many times isn’t it! It’s true that the English language has many such words which have proved to be a point of confusion among people of all ages. So how would one understand when and how to use such confusing words? For that, one has to know the meaning of such words and how they are different from each other. The moment you know the meaning of such words, it will automatically improve your grip over English words. Since there are many confusing words in the English language, we’ll discuss some of the common words that students get confused between.
Commonly Confused Words
- Among and Between – One of the commonly confused pairs of words is this. Uncountable people make the mistake of using ‘among’ instead of ‘between’ and vice versa. The primary point of difference between ‘among’ and ‘between’ is that the former is used when you want to refer to something in the midst of a number of things. For example, “Divide the chocolates among the students.” Whereas the word ‘between’ is generally used when talking about two objects, i.e. in the middle of. For example, “What’s the problem between you two?”
- Advice and Advise – While writing, there are times one must have got messed up whether to use the word ‘advise’ or ‘advice’, isn’t it? The simple difference is that when you use the word ‘advice’, it’s a noun and means guidance or counselling. For example, “If you take my advice, you shouldn’t visit that place.” Whereas the word ‘advise’ means to guide/counsel and is used as a verb. For example, “My brother advised me on how to fill up the form.” If you want to know more about the difference between these terms, you can go through the difference between advice and advise available at BYJU’S website.
- Assure and Ensure – Confused where to use ‘assure’ or ‘ensure’? Well, if you want to use ‘assure’, it means to convince or guarantee and is used as a verb. For example, “The teacher assured us that the exam would start soon.” Whereas ‘ensure’ (verb) means to make sure or confirm. For example, “The police ensured that they went through all the proofs.”
- Immigration and Emigration – Another set of commonly confused words are ‘immigration’ and ‘emigration’, and many have misused these words. BYJU’S has a detailed difference between immigration and emigration, which students can go through to understand the difference between these words clearly. The article will make sure students don’t use the words in the wrong context in future.