We have chosen just 10 confusing words in English to take your English to the next level.
When it comes to speaking and writing, sometimes just one letter in a word could change the meaning of your sentence. In reality, there are so many words in English to choose from with hardly any difference. This makes it easy to confuse words in English.
What’s more, it’s easy to misuse these words because of their meaning. Meanings can also be confusing because these might very similar at first.
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Here’s a small list of confusing words in English:
DISEASED vs DECEASED
Diseased: suffereing from an illness or disease
The only remedy is to cut off and burn the diseased branches.
Deceased: person who has recently died
The only picture was of a teenage boy, apparently the deceased brother.
LOCATE vs LOCALIZE
Locate: find the position of someone or something
I wasn’t able to locate the boundary limits on the map
Localize: confine to a particular part or area
The thief had been localized around Hyde Park.
LUXURIOUS vs LUXURIANT
Luxurious: very rich and comfortable
The hotel room was luxurious and comfortable
Luxuriant: abundant in vegetation
Some of the volcanic soil is barren, but much of the district is clothed in luxuriant vegetation.
EMINENT vs IMMINENT
He is an eminent judge from another state
Imminent: likely to happen soon
The way they were treating each other, a break-up was imminent
INGENIOUS vs INGENUOUS
Ingenious: clear and skillfull
He really does have an ingenious sense of humour
Ingenuous: innocent, naive
I can’t understand her ingenuous attitude. She knows better than that
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