CONFUSING WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
Sometimes English words are confusing. There are several reasons for this. Here are just a few of them:
Words such as lend and borrow have related meanings and are easily confused.
Other examples include
infer and imply
house and home.
Adjective - Noun pairs:
Some words go together (collocate) with each other and are commonly used in everyday speech. However, collocations are not always regular:
For example, we say
BUT strong wind.
These can be difficult to understand because the meaning of the phrase can be very different to the meaning of the individual words.
For example, if you are over the moon, it means that you are very happy.
These can have meanings which are different to the meanings of the individual words. Moreover, they can have more than one meaning.
take off can mean 'remove an article of clothing' or it can mean 'leave the ground and start to fly' (referring to an aeroplane).
The meaning of this type of verb can also change according to the second word:
take off and take over all have different meanings.
If you've got a word or an expression that you find confusing, search for it as there may already be an answer to it!
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