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Pinnacle SSC CGL CHSL English Confusing Words Part F

Pinnacle SSC CGL CHSL English Confusing Words Part F 

Pinnacle SSC CGL CHSL English Confusing Words Part F

In this post we shall discuss about “Confusing Words” and these are the most important for competitive exams.

Bascially we can say that Confusing words are those words which have same pronouciation but have different meanings and spellings. Such as Weak and Week.

We have started the series of confusing words. So Here is the list of some confusing words::

 

Immemorial/Immortal

Immemorial refers to that which is beyond time, ancient: These artifacts have been here since time immemorial.

Immortal describes things that live forever: The way the man drives, he must think that he is immortal.

 

Implicate/ Imply

Implicate means “to closely link or connect”: The blood on his hands implicated him in the murder.

Imply means “to point to, or suggest indirectly”: The victim’s friend implied he thought he knew who the murderer was.

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Imply/Infer

Imply means “to suggest indirectly”: Her hesitation implied that her answer was no.

Infer means “to draw a conclusion from known facts”: He inferred that the answer was no from her hesitation.

 

In regard to/As regards

Both of these mean “referring to”, but use one or the other: In regard to your proposal I have an idea, or: As regards your proposal, I have an idea. NOT in regards to!

 

Inchoate/Incoherent

Inchoate describes something in an early stage of development, and that is incomplete: Her plan remained inchoate and was developed no further.

Incoherent describes something that is lacking connection or order: Some even thought that her plan was just a few incoherent thoughts that didn’t work out together.

 

Incredible/Incredulous

Incredible means “astonishing or difficult to grasp”: The incredible power of a tornado attracts storm chasers.

Incredulous means “skeptical and disbelieving”: She was incredulous about Fred’s interpretation of the event.

 

Intolerable/Intolerant

Intolerable refers to something unbearable: The heat during the summer of 2005 was intolerable.

Intolerant refers to a person who is unable to accept differences in opinion, habit, or belief: Maya is intolerant of anyone who chews with their mouth open.

 

Irregardless/Regardless

Regardless is the correct word to use, meaning “without regard”: The young man left regardless of the warnings.

Irregardless is a double negative that should be avoided.

 

Its/It’s

Its is the possessive form of it, like hers, his, and theirs: The dog licked its foot after stepping in maple syrup.

It’s is short for ‘it is’, a contraction of those two words: “Well, I guess it’s [it is] time to wash the dog again.”

 

Latent/Patent

Latent means “present but not visible or active”: Just because I’m not in bed doesn’t mean that I don’t have a latent virus.

Patent means “visible, active, or obvious”: The claim that I pinched the girl is a patent lie as she stood ten metres away from me!

 

Later/Latter

Later means “afterward”: Come later than seven o’clock.

Latter means “the last of two things mentioned”: If I have to choose between brains or beauty, I’ll take the latter.

 

Lay/Lie

Lay is a transitive verb, which means it takes an object. It means “to set or put down flat”: The lady laid the child in the crib, or Lay a book on the table, please. Its forms are lay, lays, laid, has laid, and is laying.

Lie is an intransitive verb, so it does not take an object. It means “to rest supine or remain in a certain place”: I have to lie down because I’m not feeling well, or I like to lie in the grass for hours. Its forms are lie, lies, lay, has lain, and is lying.

 

Lead/Led

Lead can be a verb meaning “to guide, be in charge of”: Gurmeet will lead a group this afternoon. It can also be a noun meaning “a type of metallic element”: Use a lead pencil to fill in your answer sheet.

Led is the past tense of lead: Gurmeet led the group this afternoon.

 

Lend/Loan/Borrow

Lend is a verb that mean “to temporarily give something to someone”: Lucy will lend her bicycle to me for a day. A loan is a noun meaning something borrowed: Most people get a bank loan to buy a house. Loan is also used in American English as a verb meaning “to lend”.

Borrow is to receive something from someone temporarily: Can I borrow the book if I promise to return it tomorrow?

 

Lessen/Lesson

Lessen means “to decrease or make less”: She lessened the headache pain with aspirin.

A lesson is something you learn: A teacher might say, “Today’s lesson is about ancient Egypt.”

 

Liable/Libel

Liable means “legally responsible for or subject to”: Tom is liable to pay for the damage if he doesn’t prove his innocence.

Libel is a noun that means “a slanderous statement that damages another person’s reputation”: The man was sued for libel for what he printed about his neighbor.

 

Lightening/Lightning

Lightening is a verb that means “to reduce the weight of”: My course load needs lightening if I am to complete this course successfully.

Lightning refers to the electrical discharge in the sky: Fred captured the image of a bolt of lightning on film.

 

Loathe/Loath

Loathe is a verb meaning “to detest or dislike greatly”: Maneka Gandhi  loathes animal cruelty.

Loath is an adjective meaning “reluctant, unwilling”: Lokesh was loath to ask for an extension on his term paper  that semester.

 

Loose/Lose

Loose is not tight: A loose-fitting jacket was more suitable than a shawl.

Lose is to misplace and not be able to find: I often lose my bearings when entering a new city. Thank goodness I don’t lose my keys though!

 

Manner/Manor

Manner is a way of doing or behaving: My neighbor  did the plumbing work  in an expert-like manner.

A manor is a house on an estate: The chauffeur drove slowly up to the manor.

 

Mantel/Mantle

A mantel is the shelf above a fireplace, or face of one: The lady placed several candles on the mantel.

A mantle is a cloak or blanket: Karuna grabbed her mantle before heading out the door.

 

Marital/Martial

Marital refers to marriage: Both of them are having marital problems.

Martial refers to war or warriors: Bunny has a black belt in martial arts.

 

Marshal/Marshall

A marshal is an officer of highest ranking;The marshal gave orders to the troops.

Marshall is a verb meaning “to together”: The drunk boy gathered  enough strength to walk past the bar on his way home.

 

Meet/Mete/Meat

Meet means “to get together or connect with someone, to encounter”: Anu plans to meet a colleague for lunch.

Mete means “to distribute”: We had to mete out the last of the water when we were still 20 miles from civilization on our hiking trip.

Meat is flesh that may be eaten: Nilesh  is a vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat at all.

 

Militate/Mitigate

Militate means “to influence toward or against a change”: His coming late to office militated against his promotion.

Mitigate means “to lessen, make easier, or bearable”: The medicine mitigated the pain.

 

Mute/Moot

Mute means “having no sound or without speech”: He was struck mute by the horror of the events.

Moot as a noun is a public meeting; as an adjective, the more common usage, means “open to debate” in the UK and “not open to debate” in the US. It is most often used in the phrase moot point: When the leader walked in, the question of who was going to become his deputy became moot.

 

Noisome/Noisy

Noisome means “disgusting, offensive, and potentially harmful”: A noisome smell arose from the garbage can.

Noisy means “making a lot of sound or racket”: With so many children, the park became a noisy place in the evening.

 

Obeisance/Obsequious

Obeisance is respect and homage paid someone: The man  greeted the queen with sincere obeisance.

Obsequiousness is submissiveness and an eagerness to obey: The obsequiousness of the waiter made them roll their eyes.

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Obtuse/Abstruse

Obtuse means “lacking quickness of wit or sensitivity, dull, dense”: The boy is so obtuse he doesn’t even know  when he is being insulted.

Abstruse means “too difficult to understand for the average mind”: The professor presented an abstruse metaphysical concept that went over our heads.

 

Overdo/Overdue

Overdo is to exaggerate something: The lady overdoes her makeup every morning before she goes to office.

Overdue indicates something that has missed its deadline: You must return these overdue books to the library immediately.

 

For Previous Articles ::

For Part A :: Click Here

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For Part C :: Click Here

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