English | Some confusing words

| By Webner

1. Accept vs Except vs Expect:

Accept: To approve/to agree.
Example: I accept the new business proposal.

Except: Leaving someone or something.
Example: The new software works on every operating system except Windows 98.

Expect: To hope.
Example: I expect this code will run successfully.

2. Loose vs Lose:

Loose: Something which is not fit or not tight.
Example: I can’t wear that loose shirt.

Lose: Unable to find something or someone.
Example: Shut down your laptop properly or you may lose important data files.

3. Quiet vs Quite vs Quit:

Quiet: Silent.
Example: He was asked to quit out of the class for not remaining quiet.

Quite: Completely.
Example: He is quite well.

Quit: To leave.
Example: He was asked to quit out of the class for not remaining quiet.

4. Sure vs Shore:

Sure: Completely confident of something.
Example: I am sure this code will run successfully on mobile devices as well.

Shore: The land adjacent to the sea.
Example: They went to the seashore in the evening.

5. Site vs Cite:

Site: Area of ground on which building is constructed.
Example: A wish to select a good site for constructing a house.

Cite: To show/to present.
Example: I want to cite few examples to explain what Salesforce is capable of.

6. Advise vs Advice:

Advise:  The act of giving advice.
Example:  The doctor advised him to take rest.

Advice: A suggestion.
Example: He did not pay attention to his doctor’s advice.

7. Proof vs Prove:

Proof: Protected from something.
Example: This wrist watch is water-proof.

Proof: Evidence.
Example: He was asked to give identity proof at the airport.

Prove: To demonstrate that something is correct.
Example: I want to prove that he is guilty.

8. Its vs It’s:

If you can replace it[‘]s in your sentence with it is or it has, then your word is it’s. Otherwise, your word is its.

Its: Give me the phone with its charger.

It’s: It’s nice to know that you have learned C++.

9. Compliment vs Complement:

Compliment: To praise.
Example: He got lots of compliments for his new house.

Complement: Used when something goes well with something else.
Example: The suit he wore did not complement with the theme of the party.

10. Stationary vs Stationery:

Stationary: Not changing in quantity or condition.
Example: Every gym has set of stationary cycles.

Stationery: Writing and other office materials.
Example: He was asked to use good quality of stationery for writing important documents.

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