English Help: Know Your Vocabulary
We have given you reading comprehension advice
in the past, and we would like to educate you about some words that many people misuse and confuse. Do not fall into the same pit traps.
Idle vs Idol vs Idyll
"Idle" is an adjective that means inactive. An "idol" is an object of worship or adoration. "Idyll" is a happy interlude. "Idol" has an "o" for when you adore your favorite celebrity, "Oh, how well he can dance!"
Passed vs Past
"Passed" is the past tense of the verb "pass," as in, "I passed the supermarket on the way to work." "Past" refers to a former time or place. The "t" in "past" stands for time.
Adapt vs Adopt
"Adapt" means to change something for a specific purpose while "adopt" means to take something as your own. People adapt to their environment by adopting new behaviors.
Complement vs Compliment
"Complement" can be a noun or a verb referring to an element that adds to or enhances something. A "compliment" is something nice said about someone. The "e" in complement is because it is "completing" something. And "i" like compliments as much as the next person.
There vs Their vs They're
"There" refers to a location- over there- and it is not "here". "Their" is a possessive form of they. "They're" is a contraction of "they are". Contractions always have apostrophes, so you can distinguish "they're" from the others.
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