Many words in English cause confusion because they sound or look alike. Here are a few rules to help you with some common but tricky words.
Rule 1: The word accept means “to agree,” “to receive.”
The word except means “but,” “not including.”
I accept your apology.
I’ll eat anything except cottage cheese.
Rule 2: The word allusion means “an indirect mention of something.”
The word illusion means “false perception.”
In her novel, the author made an allusion to her own childhood. OR The author alluded to her own childhood.
The magician created the illusion that the rabbit disappeared right before our eyes.
Rule 3: The word complement means “to complete” or “to enhance.”
The word compliment means “to praise.”
Their algebra textbook won awards because her math skills complemented his writing skills beautifully.
I want to compliment you on your beautiful singing voice.
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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009, at 9:52 am2 Comments on Clearing Up Confusing Words