It’s Monday and time for Commonly Confused Words #24
Envelop and envelope
‘She allowed him to envelop her in a hug.’ BUT ‘I need an envelope to put my letter in.’ VERB v NOUN!
Last one of the week!
Born and borne
‘I was born in Scotland.’ AND ‘His anger was born out of the belief that his wife had cheated on him.’ BUT ‘I can’t believe he has borne this burden alone.’
More next week and feel free to ask any questions about those that stump you!
Have a great weekend everyone
Bit late in the day, I know, but number #22 in the series – draught and draft (not US).
‘Close the door. A draught’s coming in.’ AND ‘A pint of draught when you’ve got a second, please.’ BUT ‘I’ve been working on the second draft of my novel for what seems like forever.’ AND ‘You need a banker’s draft to pay the solicitor on moving day.’
Back tomorrow for the final one this week!
It’s Wednesday so I thought I’d do a commonly confused words post beginning with W!
#21 Waver and waiver
‘He appeared to waver over his decision to accompany her on holiday.’ BUT ‘The firm made her sign a waiver limiting liability in case anything went wrong.’
Back tomorrow! It would appear that the list of commonly confused words just continues to grow and grow.
Morning! And it’s on to Commonly Confused Words #20 Cue and queue
‘As an actor I take my cues from the director.’ BUT ‘The queue for the cinema snaked around the block.’ (N.B. for our US friends, a queue is a line!)
You got it! Back tomorrow for #21
I appear to have forgotten to post this last week. That’s what happens when you’re trying to do it across various social media platforms too!
#18 Sight and site
‘You’re a sight for sore eyes.’ BUT ‘The building site was just past the shops.’
OK, I know, I know, I’m late with today’s post, but better late than never! Since it was specially requested, we’ll have as #19 past and passed.
‘I walked past the shop on my way to school.’ BUT ‘I passed the shop on my way to school.’
Easy way to remember this one – is your meaning a verb? If so, it’s ‘passed’.
Tune in tomorrow for #20
Thursday brings us to Commonly Confused Words #17
Waste and waist
‘You don’t want to waste a precious moment of your writing time’, BUT ‘watch your waistline when consuming all those chocolate biscuits at your desk.’
Tune in for the final instalment tomorrow (well, this week’s final instalment – the possibilities are endless!)
Wednesday takes us to Commonly Confused Words #16 lead and led
‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.’ (infinitive) BUT ‘I led him down the narrow staircase.’ (past tense)
Let’s see what #17 brings us tomorrow!
It’s Tuesday and time for Commonly Confused Words #15 Chose and choose
‘I chose to go to the store yesterday instead of today’ (past tense) BUT ‘I would like to choose a film tonight.’ (infinitive) AND ‘I choose to wear black because it’s my favourite colour.’ (Choose is also the present tense.)
Tune in tomorrow – you got it, for #16!