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#EngTrivia: Commonly confused words (2)

In this article, we will be sharing some commonly confused words.


  • Adverse. Meaning: unfavourable, harmful.
  • Averse. Meaning: strongly disliking; opposed.


  • Advice. Meaning: recommendations about what to do.
  • Advise. Meaning: to recommend something.


  • Affect. Meaning: to change or make a difference to.
  • Effect. Meaning: a result; to bring about a result.


  • Aisle. Meaning: a passage between rows of seats.
  • Isle. Meaning: an island.


  • Altar. Meaning: a sacred table in a church.
  • Alter. Meaning: to change.


  • Complement. Meaning: an addition that improves something.
  • Compliment. Meaning: to praise or express approval; an admiring remark.


  • Ensure. Meaning: to make certain that something will happen.
  • Insure. Meaning: to provide compensation if a person dies or property is damaged.


That’s all I can share for now, fellas. I hope this article could be useful for you!

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, July 5, 2016


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#EngQuiz: Commonly confused words in English

In this post, we’re going to have a little practice on how well you can differentiate some commonly confused words in English. For example: What’s the difference between affect & effect? :)

Let’s see this sentence. Fill in the gap with the right word:

“Andy’s absence did not ___ (affect/effect) us.”

“affect with an a as a verb and effect with an e as a noun” – @_Electra330_

“affect” – 

Let’s start! Choose the right word from the brackets to fill in the gap.

1. Thanks for your (advise/advice). It’s really helpful!

2. like all seafood (accept/except) octopus.

3. I need to go to the (stationary/stationery) store to buy some pencils.

4. If you want to be fluent you have to (practise/practice) your English a lot.

5. Put on the (break/brake) if you want to stop the car.

6. Her new hair and the makeup (complement/compliment) each other well.

7. Please don’t go! I don’t want to (lose/loose) you.

8. What do you want for (desert/dessert)?

9. I think I’ll (choose/choice) this shirt. It’s better than that one.

10. The school (principal/principle) usually leads the flag ceremony at school.

Sources: Commonly confused words & Common Errors in English Usage

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, February 17, 2014

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#EngTrivia: Common mistakes and confusing words in English (3)

In this post, I’ll share a few pairs of words which might confuse you sometimes. We’ll see how one different or extra letter could make a huge change.

‘Aisle’ vs. ‘isle’

Aisle (n). Meaning: a passage between rows of seats, lorong, gang.

  • Example:
    • “Where can I find ketchup? They’re at the next aisle.”

Isle (n). Meaning: a small island, pulau kecil.

  • Example:
    • “He invited me to a new isle he just bought, but I dare not go.”


‘Along’ vs. ‘a long’

Along (prep). Meaning: Over the length of, di sepanjang.

  • Example:
    • “He held my hand as we walk along the beach.”

A long (Adj). Meaning: something of great length, panjang.

  • Example:
    • A long hair is hard to maintain.”

‘Bazaar’ vs. ‘bizzare’

Bazaar (n). Meaning: a market, pasar, pasar dadakan.

  • Example:
    • “The faculty held a bazaar last week and all the proceed will go to the poor.”

Bizarre (adj). Meaning: strange, odd, aneh.

  • Example:
    • “I found this bizarre tomato on the net last night.”



‘Breach’ vs. ‘breech’

Breach (v/n). Meaning: to break through, to break a rule, melanggar, menerobos, pelanggaran.

  • Example:
    • “Someone breached through the farm last night and stole a cow.”

Breech (n). Meaning: buttocks, rear part of a gun, bokong, lubang untuk mengisi peluru di senapan.


breach of contract

‘Cue’ vs. ‘queue’

Cue (n). Meaning: Signal, wooden rod, billiard stick, signal, tanda, tongkat billiard.

  • Example:
    • “Stay here and wait for my cue!”

Queue (n/v). Meaning: a line, to wait in line, antrian, mengantri.

  • Example:
    • “There’s a long queue outside the store, people are lining up for free phones.”




‘Envelop’ vs. ‘envelope’

Envelop (v). Meaning: to cover, to surround, menyelimuti, menyelubungi.

  • Example:
    • “The baby is enveloped in the green blanket to keep him warm.”

Envelope (n). Meaning: paper container for a letter, amplop.

  • Example:
    • “Someone left an plain envelope with some money inside. Whose could it be?”


‘Forbear’ vs. ‘forebear’

Forbear (v). Meaning: to refrain, to hold back, bersabar, menahan diri.

  • Example:
    • “You need to forbear crying until he leaves.”

Forebear (n). Meaning: ancestor, forefather, leluhur, nenek moyang.

  • Example:
    • “Our forebears are said to be sailors.”

‘Pole’ vs. ‘poll’

Pole (n). Meaning: a long piece of wood or iron, axis of a sphere, tongkat, kutub.

  • Example:
    • “The ice is melting at the North Pole due to global warming.”

Poll (n). Meaning: number of votes cast or recorded, jajak pendapat, pemilihan suara.

  • Example:
    • “A recent poll shows people are growing tired of the traffic jam in Jakarta.”

‘Sight’ vs. ‘site’

Sight (n). Meaning: the ability to see, a view, pengelihatan, pemandangan.

  • Example:
    • “The sight of his wife brought him back to reality.”

Site (n). Meaning: a location, tempat.

  • Example:
    • “Her job is to visit construction sites everyday.”

‘Storey’ vs. ‘story’

Storey (n). Meaning: Level or floor of building, tingkat, lantai.

  • Example:
    • “They’re building a new eight storey building right next to the mall.”

Story (n). http://twitpic.com/d6h92r Meaning: a tale, cerita, kisah.

  • Example:
    • “He changed his story when his wife questioned him.”

And that’s a wrap, fellas! I hope this #EngTrivia article could help sort out your confusion on those words.


Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on August 13, 2013


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#EngVocab: Confusing Words Starting with letter “T”

Evening fellas :) So it’s Tuesday, what letter does Tuesday start with? Anyone?

@renggasanti: capital letter T <=   Yep, it’s T! This evening admin will share some #EngVocab on confusing words starting with the letter ‘T’

As previously discussed, ‘T’ comes after ‘E’ in ETAOIN SRHLDCU which means ‘T’ is the second most common letter in English Language

Let’s start shall we :) The words, some explanations and pronunciations were taken from wordinfo.info :)

1.“The trusty was the trustee of the tool box which contained the trusty electric screw driver.” Are trusty and trustee different?

1a. Trustee (tru STEE) (noun) = (1) individual yang diberikan kuasa dari seseorang biasanya untuk hal administratif. Contoh: “I am the trustee of the documents for my colleague who’s out of town.”

1a. Trustee (tru STEE) (noun) = (2) individual yang menempatkan posisi kepercayaan. Contoh: “My son is a trustee with the local charity.”

1b. trusty (TRUS tee) (adjective) = bisa dipercaya, biasanya untuk mendeskripsikan suatu alat yang telah dimiliki lama. Contoh: “I always have my trusty pocket knife with me.”

1c. trusty (TRUS tee) (noun) = seorang yang dipenjara dan diberikan kepercayaan serta hal-hal special karena telah berbuat baik selama dipenjara. Contoh: “Tony is a trusty and got longer time to create artworks.”

2. Tortoise dan turtle. Bukannya sama-sama kura-kura ya?

2a. tortoise (TOR tis) (noun) = (1) mahluk-mahluk terestial, khususnya termasuk Testudinidae, yang memiliki cangkang tinggi bundar besar yang menjaganya. Hidupnya di darat. Contoh: “Did you hear that the eldest Galapagos tortoise died a while ago?”

2a. tortoise (TOR tis) (noun) =  (2) siapapun yang bergerak lamban. Contoh: “Because I had a blister on my foot, I moved like a tortoise.”

2b. turtle (TUR t’l) (noun) = reptil terestial atau akuatik, tidak bergigi, memiliki cangkang yang berkulit/bertulang dan kepala serta ekor bisa keluar masuk darinya. Contoh: “Yesterday our sister’s green turtle was given to our nephew as his new pet.”

@doc_holliwood: Beda, tortoise kura2 darat, turtle kura2 air..

3. “At the banquet, we noticed the buffet was laid out in a tasteful fashion and the chef told tasty stories about each of the very tasty dishes.” Hmm, tasteful dan tasty beda?

3a. tasteful (TAYST fuhl) (adjective) = apresiasi yang bagus suatu  karakteristik yang enak dilihat. Maka kalimat di atas: “We noticed the buffet was laid out in a tasteful fashion.”

3b. tasty (TAY stee) (adjective) = (1) sangat menarik. Seperti di atas: “The chef told tasty stories.”

3b. tasty (TAY stee) (adjective) = (2) terasa atau terlihat enak. Seperti di atas: “About each of the very tasty dishes.”

@renggasanti tasteful-penuh rasa. tasty-enak

4. “Be careful that you don’t hurt your toe when you try to tow the grocery cart up the steep hill.” Pengucapan toe dan tow sama, namun artinya beda.

4a. toe (TOH) (noun) = satu jari kaki. Contoh di atas: “Be careful that you don’t hurt your toe.”

4b. tow (TOH) (verb) = menarik suatu kendaraan menggunakan tali, rantai atau mekanisme khusus untuk keadaan tersbut. Seperti di atas: “When you try to tow the grocery cart up the steep hill.”

5. “The tun that was filled with rare wine felt as if it weighed a ton.” – Hmm, tun dan ton terdengar sangat mirip ya?

5a. tun (TUHN) (noun) = (1) suatu tempat besar untuk cairan biasanya untuk minuman anggur atau wine. Seperti di atas: “The tun that was filled with rare wine.”

5a. tun (TUHN) (noun) = (2) pengukuran untuk kapasitas cairan, satu tun diperkirakan 252 galon (954 liter). Contoh: “The wine company is estimating how fast a tun of wine sells.”

5b. ton (TUHN) (noun)  = (1) unit pengukuran suatu benda, biasanya sangat berat. Contoh: “The meat that were exported last week weighed around 2 tons.”

5b. ton (TUHN) (noun) = (2) Perumpamaan kuantitas yang besar. Seperti contoh di atas: “Felt as if it weighed a ton.”

6. “His boat was tied to the pier so the tide wouldn’t take it out to sea.” – Hati-hati antara tied dan tide ya :)

6a. tied (TIGHD) (noun) = diikat. Seperti di atas: “His boat was tied to the pier.”

6b. tide (TIGHD) (noun) = gelombang air. Seperti di atas: “So the tide wouldn’t take it out to sea.”

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on April 9, 2013

#EngTrivia: Some Confusing Words in English


Well, the answer is both are the same. J

Jadi memang ada 2 pengucapan: Gray digunakan di US and negara yang memakai US English.

Sementara Grey digunakan di UK dan negara yang menggunakan UK English

Tapi tentu saja, yang namanya bahasa Inggris selalu ada pengecualian. ;)

  1. Kata benda seperti nama: Earl Grey, etc. Kalau memang tulisannya Grey, jangan diubah menjadi Gray.
  2.  Greyhound (jenis anjing): tetap ditulis grey.
  3.  Iradiasi makanan (jumlah energy radiasi yang diserap oleh makanan ketika melalui radiasi selama proses pengolahan): satuannya Gray.



Menjawab pertanyaan dari @ohohmaniac mengenai penggunaan “must”, you can check the explanation here J http://englishtips4u.posterous.com/?sort=&search=must



Meskipun accident & incident mirip, tapi artinya berbeda, fellas!

Accident adalah sesuatu yang terjadi benar-benar tanpa kesengajaan.

Contoh accident: He discovered the truth by accident.

Sementara incident berarti peristiwa, jadi sesuatu yang terjadi bisa dengan sengaja maupun tidak sengaja.

Contoh incident: We don’t talk to each other since the incident last December.



Some people are having trouble in differentiating the use of these words.

Go dipakai u/ menjelaskan perpindahan dari tempat di mana pembicara berada ke tempat lain.

Contoh (go): Are you going to the restaurant tonight?

Sementara come dipakai u/ menjelaskan perpindahan tempat dr suatu tempat ke tempat pembicara berada.

Contoh (come): Could you come to my place tonight? I’ve something to tell you.



Assure digunakan untuk meyakinkan seseorang sementara ensure berarti memastikan sesuatu untuk hal terjadi.

Assure digunakan dengan tujuan untuk membuat seseorang menjadi lebih tidak khawatir/lega.

Contoh: We assured them that there was no danger because we had ensured that they were in a safe place.

Nah, semoga ini menjawab kebingungan fellas mengenai beberapa kata dalam bahasa Inggris ya J