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#EngVocab: Homophones start with “W”

Good evening, Fellas! It’s midweek already. Did your day go as well as mine? I hope it did! Today is Wednesday, so I want to talk about some words that start with a “W.”

The words I’m going to talk about sound similar, but have different meanings. They are: “waist” and “waste”; “whoever” and “whomever”; “while” and “whilst”; “whether,” “weather,” and “wether.”

Here are some explanations about the differences:

“Waist” and “waste”

“Waist” (n) is the part of the body between the ribs and hips. Meanwhile “waste” can be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. As a noun, it means useless materials left over from another activity (i.e., rubbish (UK) or  garbage (US)). As a verb, “waste” means to expend materials or resources without reason. For example, “Do not waste drinking water.” Lastly, as an adjective, “waste” means uninhabited or uncultivated (usually of land).

“Whoever” and “whomever”

“Whoever” (just like he) is the subject of a verb.

Example:

  • “Whoever finds me wins a cake.” (Whoever is the subject of finds)

“Whomever” (just like him) is never the subject of a verb, tt is an object.

Example:

  • “Whomever I find loses a cake.” (Whomever is the direct object of I find.)

“While” and “whilst”

“While” and “whilst” have a similar meaning when we use them as conjunctions. They both mean ‘during the time that something else happens’, or ‘in contrast with something else’. “While” is frequently used in daily communication than “whilst.” Besides, “whilst” sounds more formal.

“While” can be either a noun or a verb, while “whilst” doesn’t have the same trait. As a noun, “while” means a period of time. As a verb, it means an activity to spend the time (usually at a leisurely pace).

Example:

  • “I lived there for a while.” (while as a noun).
  • “She used to while away the hours in the meadow.” (while as a verb)

“Whether,” “weather,” and “wether”

“Whether” is a conjunction with a similar meaning to “if.”

Example:

  • “I wonder whether it will rain.”

“Weather “refers to the state of the atmosphere, e.g., temperature, wind, clouds, rain).

Lastly, a “wether” is a castrated ram (male sheep).

Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 23 September, 2015.


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#GrammarTrivia: Grammar mistakes people need to stop making

Hi, fellas! We have told you many times that grammar is very important. Good grammar ensures that what you write is correctly comprehended and enjoyable to read. Who wants to read a page full of grammar errors, anyway? It doesn’t look so professional, right?

Today I’m going to tell you six other grammar mistakes that you need to stop making. Let’s see!

  1. “All of the sudden”. The correct phrase is “all of a sudden” and it is an expression. Why don’t we use “the” instead of “a”? Because there is not particular sudden, so it has to be “a” sudden.
  2. “Try and (do something)”. When you say “try and run”, you are implying two different actions – trying and running. If you want to combine the two into one action, it’s “try to run”.
  3. Misused quotation marks. Quotation marks are not meant to be used for emphasis. If you tell people that your melons are ‘fresh’, chances are that they wouldn’t buy it.
  4. Cut back on the unnecessary capitalization. Capitalization (for the most part) should be reserved for proper nouns. Capitalizing a word in the middle of a sentence doesn’t make the word more important.
  5. Mistakes in apostrophe usage. Apostrophes are used to show possession. You do not use an apostrophe after a possessive pronoun such as my, mine, our, ours, his, hers, its, their, or theirs.
  6. Using “toward” and “towards” interchangeably. Both words are correct, but the latter is British and the former is American. Which you choose depends on your audience, and please be consistent.

Grammar can be complicated and overwhelming, but if you use it correctly you will make good impression on other people.  Keep learning, fellas!

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Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, September 13, 2013


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#EngTrivia: Common grammar mistakes

Hi, fellas! Making a sentence in English sounds simple, but sometimes we misuse words because we hear others use them.

You may hear this often, but in this article, I’ll show you some of the most common grammar mistakes that you actually can avoid.

Let’s start!

  1. Homophones. Meaning: a homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word, but with a different spelling & meaning.
    • Example:
      • I can’t sea the error in this sentence.
  2. Dangling modifier.  Meaning: when the participle is not properly connected to the noun that it is modifying.
    • Example:
      • We ate the lunch that we had brought slowly.
      • It suggests that we brought a lunch slowly. To correct the meaning, move the adverb ‘slowly’ near ‘ate.’
  3. Historic/historical. Meaning: ‘historic’ means an important event; ‘historical’ means something that happened in the past.
  4. Affect/effect. Meaning: ‘affect’ is a verb; ‘effect’ is most often a noun.
    • Example:
      • Your ability to communicate will affect your social life.
      • They realize the effect of swimming.
  5. Commas. Meaning: a comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence. Use it wisely!
    • Example:
      • Let’s eat mother!
      • (You don’t really want to eat your own mother, right?)
  6. Misusing ‘literally.’ When you said, “I literally felt like falling to the bottom of the sea,” you didn’t really mean that, right?  You meant ‘metaphorically.’
  7. Using ‘irregardless.’ This word is always listed as ‘non-standard,’ because it’s meaningless.
  8. Using ‘that’ instead of ‘who.’ If you’re writing about people, always use ‘who.’
  9. Using ‘toward’ & ‘towards’ interchangeably. Both are correct, but the latter is British & the former is American. Which you choose depends on your audience.
  10. Fewer vs less. Use ‘fewer’ with things you can count and ‘less’ with quantities you can’t count.

Now… Do you have other common mistakes that people usually make?

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Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, July 19, 2013

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