Words you may confuse

This unit looks at words which are easy to mix up.

Similar sounds:


A: Why do I always lose my keys!
B: Here they are.
A: Oh, thank you!

If you lose something, you do not know where it is / you can’t find it.
These trousers are very loose, (because they are too big)
(loose means they are not tight,)


Fell is from fall/fell/fallen.
Yesterday I fell and broke my arm.
Felt is from feel/felt/felt.
I felt ill yesterday, but I feel OK today.


This cooker costs £500. (= the thing you cook on)
He is a very good cook. (= the person who cooks)

Similar or related meanings


If you lend something, you give it.
If you borrow something, you get it.
Sam wants a bicycle:
SAM: Will you lend me your bicycle? (= you give it to me for one day/an hour, etc or Can I borrow your bicycle? (= I get it from you)
RlTA: Yes, take it.
SAM: Thanks.


The passport officer checked my passport. (= looked at it)
The mouse controls the computer. (= tells it what to do)

Other words often mixed up

In English the afternoon is from about 12 o’clock till 5 or 6 p.m.
The evening is from 5 or 6 p.m. until about 9 or 10 p.m.
After 9 or 10 p.m. it is the night.
They’re waiting for the bus.
I hope I pass my exams. (= I really want to pass)
I have not studied; I expect I’ll fail my exams. (= it’s probable)