10 Confusing English Words/Phrases You Probably Do Not know

Hello everyone, Here I will be teaching you some English words/phrases you probably don’t know. Some of the words I will mention here, are often asked in JAMB, WAEC, NECO and other examinations. So, it is advisable you take note of any one you do not know.

So let’s get going.

1. ALRIGHT

Do you know that the word “alright” is a wrong word. However, there is no reason for this, but its correct form should be “all right”.

You should also note that “Already, Almost, Almighty and Altogether” are correct.

2. THE USE OF “THAT”

The following sentences are wrong

a. I had no idea the house was that small.

b. As a pianist he isn’t really that good.

This use of that is wrong and is to be avoided. The correct form of the above sentences are:

a. As a pianist he isn’t really as good as that

b. I had no idea that the house was as small as that.

The common expression “that much” and “that many” should be “as much as” and “as many as that”

3. ADVERSE TO

You cannot be “averse to” , or “show aversion to”. This is because the suffix “to” signifies approach, when the opposite is intended. And as so, you can only be “averse from” , or show “aversion from” something.

4. TRY AND

When you say “try and” do something, it means you try first, before doing it. Thus, there are two actions involved in the word “try and”. “Try to” on the other hand, implies the combined action of trying and doing. Usually the correct expression is “try to”, and when people say “try and” they seldom have the logic meaning in mind.

READ  Preposition Attached to Certain Word.

5. AT ABOUT

When you say

“I shall expect you are about five o’clock.”

You are wrong”. This is because, “at” applies to “a definite time” . Therefore at about is a confusion of two unlikely, and should be avoided. The correct sentence should be ” I shall expect you about five o’clock”.

6. OUGHT TO

“He ought to, didn’t he? ” is something we often hear. The correct construction is, “He ought to, oughtnt’t he? Or ought he not? “.

7. CIRCUMSTANCES

“Circumstances” are the events around something. Therefore it is wrong to say “under the circumstances” the correct use is “in the circumstances”.

8. PARALLEL WITH

Two lines can be “parallel with” one another(or each other ). But it is wrong to say “parallel to” one another. The preposition “to” signifies approach, and the moment the link start approaching each other they cease to be parallel.

9. THE USE OF “XMAS”

The only excuse for writing “Xmas” for Christmas is that “X” was a Greek symbol for Jesus Christ. Some people, aware of this, do it deliberately, as a result of laziness.

10. BUT, HOWEVER

“But” and “however” are similar in effect, and should not be used together. It can either be But or However.

Example:

“It is a car, however, it does not look like like one.”

Remember, some of the words/Phrases mentioned above are often asked In many examinations. So, i advise you, study it assiduously and share with your friends

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