Confusing usage words part three

  • can (verb) to know how to to be able to
    I think that I can climb that fence with little effort.
    may (verb) to be allowed to
    May I help you with those heavy bundles?

  • cent: (noun) one penny 1/100 of a dollar
    Lou found one cent under the couch.
    scent: (noun) a smell odor (verb) to smell to perceive with the nose
    Do you smell the scent of raccoon? (noun)
    I scent a raccoon around here. (verb)

  • cite: (verb) to quote
    A respected attorney will often cite several cases in her argument.
    site: (noun) piece of land; location
    Our favorite restaurant chain plans to build a new establishment on
    this site.

  • continual: (adjective) happening over and over again
    The continual good behavior of the class members earned them free
    time each Friday.
    continuous: (adjective) happening without interruption
    The continuous noise of the hammers and saws disturbed the workshop

  • doesn’t: (contraction for does + not) does not
    Steven doesn’t think that we will need three umbrellas for the
    beach today.
    don’t: (contraction for do + not; considered substandard usage) do not
    or does not
    We don’t know what the future will bring.