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Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 07:34
Hello everyone!

Everyday, we all come across many strange but funny English words or sentences. Let's have some fun with those words, sentences while learning Verbal section. This will also serve as Verbal notes. I will post on regular basis on this topic and I would love if everyone will contribute on this :)

GRAMMAR is one of most commonly misspelt words. Many people write it as GRAMMER. Another word is TUITION; many write as TUTION.

Don't confuse

MOMENTARY (short-lived) with MOMENTOUS (of great importance)

e.g. His anger was momentary.
It was a momentous occasion.

CROWD (a large number of people together in one place) with MOB (a large number of noisy & violent people difficult to control)

Q: Can you name the most commonly used English Word and Letter?
Q: Can you name the odd city?
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 07:58
I know another common mistake is Affect and Effect. 2 diff definition.
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 08:09
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 08:12
gurpreetsingh wrote:
http://www.learnenglish.de/mistakes/CommonMistakes.htm

This is quite helpful.


it is more fun listing one at a time though....
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 09:32
Thanks gurpreetsingh, the link is quite helpful. But as said by shaselai it would be fun discussing one at a time.

Anyhow, thanks again for the link.
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:17
Q: Can you name the most commonly used English Word and Letter?

Ans.: Most commonly used letter is E and letter is THE.

Q: Can you name the odd city?

Ans.: EccentriCity :)

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Q: Can you name the least commonly used English Letter?

Q: Can you name the weak City?

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Don't confuse:

POTABLE (fit to drink) with PORTABLE (that can be carried about)

Remember by: Potable water; Portable TV.

Don't confuse:

QUIET (calm) with QUITE (fairly or very)

e.g. The streets are quiet.
e.g. I'm quite willing to help.

Don't confuse:

RESEARCH (a serious investigation in order to discover new facts) with RE-SEARCH (searching again).[/color][/color]
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 20:16
Q: Can you name the least commonly used English letter?

Ans: Z

Q: Can you name the weak City?

Ans: IncapaCity :)

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1. DEADLY and LETHAL mean the same and used about weapons or poisons. DEADLY is also used of illness but not LETHAL.

2. PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS, a lung disease among miners, is the longest dictionary word in English.

3. NEITHER is always used with a singular noun and verb.
e.g. Neither answer is right.

4. NEITHER OF is used with a plural noun/pronoun & the verb can be singular or plural.
e.g. Neither of us has/have ever been to America before.

5. NONE is used for a group of 3 or more.
e.g. None of my friends helped me.

6. NEITHER is used for a group of 2.
e.g. Neither of my parents helped me.
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Re: Let's have some fun with English! [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 10:26
1. Use THOUSAND after a number such as three thousand men. Don't say 'three thousands men'. Use THOUSANDS before OF e.g. thousands of men.

2. IGNORANT is followed by ABOUT and OF.

e.g. Are you ignorant of economics?
They are ignorant about the range of job opportunities.

Don't confuse:

FORMALLY = in a formal manner
FORMERLY = previously, at an earlier time

Accept and Except

We ACCEPT your apology.
Everybody was there EXCEPT Stephen.

Adverse and Averse

ADVERSE = unfavorable
AVERSE = opposed

Advice and Advise

ADVICE (noun) = recommendation
ADVISE (verb) = recommend
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Re: Let's have some fun with English!   [#permalink] 11 Sep 2010, 10:26
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