Confusing English Words!!! – $€£%&*@!!!!

English teachers are always telling you to be careful with some English words because they sound similar to other words which have VERY different meanings – here we will help you understand some of them!

1. “Accept”

  • I accept that the planet is round because there is evidence to prove that it is.
  • I went to the shop to buy some new shoes but they didn’t accept credit cards so I couldn’t buy them! I’m really sad.
  • I want to help my uncles fix his house but he is very proud and he won’t accept any help.
“Except”
  • I like all animals except for snakes because they are evil!
  • I love eating fruit, except for grapes because they make me feel ill.
  • I am having a party this weekend and everybody is invited except for John. He always causes trouble at parties!

Explaining "accept" or "except"

2. “Compliment”

  • Juan gave me the nicest compliment ever! He said that I look like a super model!
  • Compliments to the chef, our food was incredible!
  • I would like to compliment the artist who created this master piece!
  • I think you are a fantastic English teacher. Thank you! (This is a compliment)
  • You are a fantastic English student, please continue to work so hard! (This is a compliment)
“Complement”
  • This ice-cream complements the chocolate very well. It’s a great combination!
  • The colour of your t-shirt really complements your trousers! It’s a great match!
  • Wine really complements cheese very well! I should eat it more often!

3. “Emigrate”

  • I am sick of Britain. I am going to emigrate to Barcelona!
  • I hate the rain in England. I wish I could emigrate to a warmer country!
  • I keep getting sunburnt in Barcelona so I am going to emigrate to Britain!
“Immigrate”
  • My friend came to visit me in Barcelona and loved it so much that he is going to immigrate here!
  • I have been living in Barcelona for 3 years. I immigrated here in 2009!

4. “Flammable”

  • Be VERY careful with that liquid. It is highly flammable and dangerous!
“Inflammable”
  • Be VERY careful with that liquid. It is highly inflammable and dangerous!

5. “Its”

  • It’s a beautiful day!
  • It’s my book!
  • It’s a Spanish song!
“Its”
  • The dog was big and its fur was brown.
  • I’ve lost my book. Have you seen it? Its cover is blue and grey.

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