10 Most Confusing Words Commonly Used By Students

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10 Most Confusing Words Commonly Used By Students

For students studying in the UK, then whether they are foreigners or natives, the English Language, and its proper use, especially in academic documents, holds a great deal of importance. Not all students, including natives, are able to use the language perfectly though. In fact, even in the colloquial lingo today, a number of words, or rather, their incorrect use, both in written and oral use, has crept in.

This means that any number of students are now using a lot of words which are not exactly correct in the meaning or context in which they are being used. This actually poses quite a serious problem because while the incorrect use of a word might really help you express your feelings, in the written form it means you have made a rather big mistake on your paper and in the oral form, it means that are laying yourself open to criticism and ridicule. All of that can be avoided however because here is a list of some of the most commonly misused words in the English language.

  1. Literally

Literally means in actual fact or in reality. So, using this word in any other sense, for example, to say, ‘My heart literally stopped beating when I heard the door knock.’ No, your heart did not literally stop beating, but yes, that you were amazed, or scared sounds more plausible. Language purists could take offense at this particular misuse so take care!

  1. Accept and Except

Some words may sound alike but have different meanings and are used in different ways also. For students, however, interchanging the meanings of the words could mean changing the sense of the entire sentence so this is where most students really need to take care! Accept means to agree to something while except means to leave out. For example:

I accept the job

Everyone was invited except Roger

  1. Advise and Advice

Another of those same sound, different meaning words are advising which means recommending something. This word is a verb. Advice though is a noun and means making recommendations or giving information regarding something. For example:

The speaker offered advice on running a startup.

I’d advise you to study.

  1. Loose and Lose

Once again, loose, an adjective refers to unfasten or set something free while to lose, a verb refers to not being able to find something. For example:

I set the bird loose.

She will lose all her money this way!

  1. Irregardless

A newly cropped up word, irregardless is not a synonym for the word regardless at all! Regardless, for the record, means without any thought for the consequences!

  1. Who and Whom

Basically meaning the same thing, the confusion here is when to use these words. Who is used to refer to the subject of a sentence and whom is used for its object. Consider this example:

Who/ whom will you go out with?

Answer: with him not he

That means the correct word here would have been ‘whom.’ Trick you can use if the question can be answered with him instead of he, whom will be used in the sentence!

  1. Nonplussed

Nonplussed is often confusing because of the ‘non’ prefix before it. However, this refers to being bewildered by something.

  1. Disinterested

Disinterested is not, as many students feel referring to a feeling of not being interested in something. Instead, it means being unbiased regarding any issue.

  1. Enormity

Enormity may sound like enormous, but it does not refer to the size of any object, rather is used in terms of degrees, such as to describe extreme good or evil. So, the commonly used,

Enormity of the situation

Is incorrect unless the student is talking about adjectives like good or evil.

  1. Sight and site

While sight refers to the ability to see something, the site refers to a location. Avoid mixing up spellings as it could mess up your entire sentence!

Instead of being baffled, another alternative you have is to contact us, Academic Writing Experts for a perfect write-up.

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