Confusing Words …not so confusing any more
Between/Among • A person or object can physically be between only two other people or objects. • If more than two people or objects are present, that person or object is among them • Example: • Stevie sat between her brother and Nicholas at graudation • Stevie stood among her friends as they all congratulated her for winning the race
REMEMBER: Between = Two Among = Three or more
Good/Well • GOOD is an adjective, meaning it always describes nouns. • Example: That is a good sandwich. • WELL is an adverb, meaning it describes verbs or adjectives. • Well also answers the question “how?” • Example: We performed well today in the competition.
REMEMBER: Good is for nouns Well is for verbs
Sit/Set • Sit is an action done to the person or object performing the action. • Example: Justin sat in his desk when he came to class today. • Justin put himself in the desk. • Set is an action done by a person or object to another person or object. • Example: Justin set his book on his desk in front of him. • Justin put the book on the desk. The book did not put itself on the desk!
REMEMBER: Sit yourself Set anything else
Lie/Lay • Lie is an action done to the person or object performing the action. • Example: Tammy is lying on the floor because she fainted. • Lay is an action done by a person or object to another person or object. • Example: When Tammy fainted, the Dr. Jimerson gently laid her head on the ground.
REMEMBER: Lie yourself Lay anything else
Fewer/Less • Fewer is a word used with objects that can be counted one-by one. • Example: There are fewer emails in my inbox than there were yesterday. • I can count the exact number of emails! • Lessis used with an amount of something that cannot be individually counted. • Example: There is less hairspray in her updo than there was yesterday. • Hairspray cannot be individually counted.
REMEMBER: Fewer count Less noncount
Many/Much • Many is another count word. • Example: Brynn ate too many cookies today. • Cookies can be counted! • Much is a non-count word. • Example: Brynn drank too much milk today. • Milk cannot be counted. We would never say that I drank seven milk.
REMEMBER: Many count Much noncount
Number/Amount • Number refers to something that can be counted. • Example: The number of people at the funeral was shocking. • Amount refers to something that can be measured in bulk, but not individually. • Example: The amount of chocolate sauce leftover is less than Karissa expected.
REMEMBER: Number count Amount noncount