Affect or Effect, Advice or Advise, Accept or Except,…
One of the most significant obstacles for English learners is understanding the many words that sound the same when spoken but have entirely different meanings. When reading the words in their written form, it is much easier to understand the difference.
1. Accept or Except
To accept is to receive something given or passed to you.
I accept your proposal.
Except, is an exception, exclusion, something not included.
We are open every day, except for New Years Day.
2. Adverse or Averse
Adverse 还是 Averse
Something harmful or damaging to a person is considered adverse.
Breathing in Petrol Fumes is adverse to your health.
Averse refers to an intense dislike or opposition to something.
I am averse to the new Government proposal.
3. Advice or Advise
When you give someone counsel or a recommendation about what to do this is called, advice.
When I was young, my father gave me some great advice.
Advise is similar in meaning to advice but more specific to recommending something.
The doctor advised me to take this particular medicine for my headache.
4. Affect or Effect
Affect 还是 Effect
Even native English speakers have problems with this one! When something has been changed or made different, it is an affect.
What I saw there had an affect on me, now I don’t take my life for granted.
The effect is the result or the bringing about of a result.
The heart transplant had a healing effect.
5. Aisle or Isle
Aisle 还是 Isle
An aisle is a space or passage between the rows of seats.
The bride looked beautiful as she walked down the aisle.
An isle is usually a smaller island or peninsula.
Located near England is the famous Isle of Man.
6. All together or Altogether
All together还是 Altogether
When many people or many things are in the same place, they are said to be all together.
They were all together at the party.
Used more in a singular sense, altogether, carries the meaning of something being complete or whole.
Mike is altogether more intelligent than the rest of his friends.
7. Always or All ways
Always 还是All ways
Always is like saying every time, all the time.
He always arrives late to work.
All ways (noun) is rarely used today but means a direction or course that can be followed.
All ways lead to the city center.
8. Along or a long
Along 还是a long
When something moves horizontally, it is moving along.
The car drove along the highway.
Long (a long) is merely a descriptive way to speak about something of significant length with the article ‘a’ in front of it.
Long (a long)是一个描述性的词语，把a放在long前面表示某物的长度。
Can you get me a long rope from the hardware store?