Words that have near similar meanings but cannot be used interchangeably: They are similar words but have a minor difference in meaning and change according to context and sentence formation. Some words may sound the same, but have entirely different meaning also.
I. Affect - effect:
Affect means make an effect/difference to (verb).
Effect means a result or a consequence of an action (noun).
- The chillness affected my throat.
But, "The chillness effected my throat" is wrong usage.
2. The harmful effects of pollution are numerous.
II. All - every:
All — a determiner that denotes the whole quantity or group.
Every — also a determiner - refers to individual members of the group.
- The meeting starts at 8; all are welcome.
But, "The meeting starts at 8; every are welcome" is wrong usage.
2. Laws are applicable to every citizen of the country.
III. Anymore - any more:
Anymore — any longer (adverb).
Any more — question form of some more.
- She does not live here anymore.
- Do you need any more tea?
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Commonly confused words from the lesson "The Three Questions":
Sentence from the lesson
|If he always knew the right time to begin everything;|
|He would never fail in anything he might undertake.|
|There were some things which could not wait to be laid before a council.|
|One had to decide whether to undertake them or not.|
|The most important thing in the world was science.|
|So the king put on simple clothes and, before reaching the hermit’s cell, dismounted from his horse.|
|The hermit was frail and weak.|
|The king at last stuck the spade into the ground.|
|The king turned round and saw a bearded man come running out of the wood.|
|When at last the blood ceased flowing, the man revived and asked for something to drink.|
|Meanwhile the sun had set, and it had become cool.|
|The king was very glad to have made peace with his enemy.|
|The hermit was outside on his knees.|
|I pray you to answer my questions.|
|He should have a council of wise men who would help him.|