Spot the mistake: ‘Your my best friend!’
English is such a complicated language that many words may share similar pronunciations, but have completely different meanings! Here are some commonly confused words we have picked out. Do you know the difference between them?
Between is usually used when referring to two (or more) entities which are distinctly seperated.
e.g. Our classroom is between the Science Lab and the Music Room.
Among is usually used when referring to things which are part of a group, crowd, or mass of objects.
e.g. The registration list is lost among the piles of students worksheets.
Imply means to suggest or state indirectly. Usually a speaker is the one implying something.
e.g. Josh is implying that Ronald cheated in his examinations.
Infer means to draw a conclusion from what someone else had said. Usually the listener is the one inferring something.
e.g. We can infer from Josh’s tirade that Ronald had cheated in his examinations.
Than is a conjunction or preposition used to indicate comparison.
e.g. Evelyn scored better than Tyler in the recent English test.
e.g. Please submit your homework no later than 7pm tonight.
Then can be an adjective, adverb or noun that indicates time or consequences.
e.g. Mechanical pencils were not available back then.
e.g. If you eat too much cake, then you won’t have room for dinner any more.
Weather as a noun refers to the atmospheric state, whereas weather as a verb usually means to withstand something.
e.g. The weather forecast for tomorrow does not look too good for picnics. [n.]
e.g. Ted had weathered a tough financial crisis during the pandemic. [v.]
Whether is a conjunction that is commonly used with ‘or’, linking up two possible choices or alternatives.
e.g. We are wondering whether it will be sunny or rainy tomorrow.
e.g. Whether he realises it or not, he is lucky to have a sister like you.
Your is a possessive adjective.
e.g. This is your pen.
You’re is a contraction of you are.
e.g. You’re my best friend!