Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know( or were very wrong about it, in retrospect).
I have noticed even the most educated people have used these words inaccurately, e.g , (to, too, two) (lose, loose,) and (there, their and they’re).
Even though the above words do not seem difficult, yet they are used incorrectly. One example is :it looses its value.
In the above sentence looses is incorrect, it should have been loses. I think if we think about the pronunciation of these words we’d be able to use them correctly.
Loses has a z sound whereas loose has an s sound.
I try to use simple words when I write my posts.
This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: Puffin; bulbous;fidgeting).Do you have an example of such a word that sounds the exact opposite of what it refers to? What do you think creates this effect?
I am having difficulty pin pointing a word that creates this effect, it means something but sounds the exact opposite, rather than take the whole afternoon thinking about it.
I want to write about a particular word, it sounds the same but the meaning changes when it’s spelled differently,i.e There their,they’re.
Most of the time there and their are used incorrectly. I used to have a tough time explaining to my nine year old pupils, why the sentences, e.g Carla went to there house. I want to go over their,are incorrect.