Are you one of those who, when you write, seem to be unsure whether you’ve written the right word? If you are, there are no surprises there! English is replete with words that sound alike and because of this, people get confused. Here is a list of some of the most commonly confused words:
Its / It’s: the first is a possessive pronoun which means something belongs to something else. It’s, on the other hand, is a short form of «it is»
The dress is new and its design is unconventional.
Lose / Loose: The first one is a verb that means to misplace something or unable to win, whereas the second one is an adjective that means too big in size
I don’t want to lose in this game.
He’s wearing a loose shirt.
Than / Then: «Than» is used in comparisons as in, whereas «then» is used to show time or sequence.
She’s taller than him.
He left the room, then went immediately outside
Whose / Who’s: The first is a possessive pronoun which means «belonging to», while «who’s» is a short form of «who is».
Compliment / Complement: The former means something good that you say about others, whereas, the latter means something that completes another.
She received compliments for her exemplary performance.
Her jewellery is a great complement to her outfit.
The next time you use these words, make sure you write the correct ones. Always proofread your work so you won’t cause confusion to others.
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