Confusing usage words part six

  • learn: verb to acquire knowledge
    How did you learn to swim so gracefully?
    teach: (verb) to instruct
    Will you please teach me the eight parts of speech for this test?

  • personal: (adjective) individual or private; intended for use by a single person
    This is a personal problem that I would not want to share with others right now.
    personnel: (noun and adjective) body of persons employed in an organization or a
    The director said that the case involved a personnel issue involving several experienced

  • poor: (noun and adjective) the opposite of rich; not done well
    Will you be willing to contribute some money to help the poor? (noun)
    Your team showed a poor effort in not running out the grounder in the third inning.
    pore: (noun) an opening
    Harold looked very closely at his skin pores and was amazed.
    pour: (verb) to cause to flow
    My aunt was nice enough to pour milk into my little sister’s cereal.

  • quotation: (noun) something that is quoted
    The quotations of Mark Twain and Yogi Berra are used quite often for various effects.
    quote: (verb) to repeat or cite
    Did you quote that author at any time within your term paper?

  • respectfully: (adverb) politely
    We respectfully acknowledged their country’s leader.
    respectively: (adverb) in precisely the order given
    Please line up these folders from A to Z respectively.