Confusing Words Maths and English Team CPD 2014 Donna Ross
Homophones • Words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Same Sound Homo Phone
Homophones • Over 7700 homophones in the English Language (http://wiki.answers.com)
Spellcheck • Don’t rely on a spellchecker. The current version of Office identifies some words as being ‘incorrectly used’ (with a blue underline) but it won’t identify all homophones as you may not have spelt the word incorrectly, just used the wrong version of it.
Spellchecker Poem • Eye halve a spelling chequer It came with my pea sea It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kin knot sea. • Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait a weigh.
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Your/You’re Quiz • http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/youre_your.htm
There/Their/They’re Quiz • http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/there_their_theyre.htm
Wear - also relates to age. “You might wear it out before you can sell it on”. • Watch out for ‘were’. It doesn’t sound the same as where, wear and we’re but looks very similar to we’re. ‘Were’ is the past tense of the verb are: • Today we are….. • Yesterday we were……..
Where/Wear/We’re/Were Quiz • __________ are you going? _________ going to be late! • We _______ going to go to Bristol Zoo, but ________ going to Bath instead. • If you keep walking up and down you'll _________ a hole in the carpet! • I'll _____________ my blue suit for the interview. • City ___________ winning at halftime.
Where/Wear/We’re/Were Quiz • ___Where___are you going? ____We’re_____ going to be late! • We _were___going to go to Bristol Zoo, but _we’re_____going to Bath instead. • If you keep walking up and down you'll _wear ____a hole in the carpet! • I'll _wear________my blue suit for the interview. • City _were_____winning at halftime.
Two/To/Too Quiz • http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_60.htm#toex
Other commonly confused words • Past and Passed • Affect and Effect • Practice and Practise • Accept and Except
Past and Passed • Passed is the past tense of to pass. For everything else, use past. • Read more at http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/past_passed.htm#FimftAcAOdDeLauB.99
At quarter passed / past six this morning, the drone passed / past the crash site of the passenger aircraft. It flew passed / past the crash site four times, taking fifteen pictures on the last pass. When it landed back at the ground station, the photographs were downloaded and passed / past to the communications team, who passed / past them to the New York office via satellite.
At quarter passed / past six this morning, the drone passed / pastthe crash site of the passenger aircraft. It flew passed / past the crash site four times, taking fifteen pictures on the last pass. When it landed back at the ground station, the photographs were downloaded and passed / pastto the communications team, who passed / pastthem to the New York office via satellite.
Affect and Effect • Effect is a noun meaning outcome, consequence, or appearance. • To affect is a verb meaning to transform or to change. • http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/affect_effect.htm
Affect/Effect Quiz • http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/affect_effect.htm
It’s not always possible to be word perfect at all times. Your brain is always working faster than you can write or type. The important thing is that you’re happy and confident with your final piece of writing. So proofread, use a dictionary, use the internet and get it right before you send/submit/use it!
Further reading • http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused_words.htm • http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/words-to-watch-out-for • http://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/learning/study_skills/basic_skills/default.asp