So, you’ve received a Birthday party invitation. Should except or accept one? English is the kind of language that has tons of confusing verbs that make the life of a non-native speaker nightmarish. However, with some short and detailed explanations one can master these confusing verbs

1. Except / Accept

When you say accept, it means you agree to something. At the same time, to except means ‘to exclude.’ In other words, when you’re receiving an invitation to the college party or a regular offer from the essay writing service, make sure to accept! For example: If there’s nothing wrong with the contract, feel free to sign it here in order to accept. / I love all movie genres except thrillers.

2. Lose / Loose

Remember – you have to pronounce and spell those words differently. But the reality is that English speakers make use of them incorrectly. But the good news is that they are ready to distinguish.

3. Ensure / Assure

When you would like to assure someone, it means you’re going to reassure them or remove a certain doubt. At the same time, ensure means to make sure something is actually happening. For instance: I assured my mother that I will come to the Birthday party. / Please, ensure that you will be home at 5 p.m.

4. Resign / Re-sign

This is when the things are getting tougher. The problem is that these words have identical spellings, while the meanings are completely opposite. When using resign, you say you’re quitting your job. Mind that the ‘s’ in this word should be pronounced as ‘z.’ As for the re-sign, the word means to sign a contract one more time. Moreover, usually by using this word, you agree to stay in your current position. For instance: Since my boss decided not to increase my salary, I made a decision to resign. / I have the best job on earth, which is why I’m going to re-sign for the other year.

5. Compliment / Complement

When you hear something like ‘I love your dress’, someone is complimenting you. To cut it, you’re receiving a compliment. Using this word as a noun or a verb, you’re saying something pleasing to the person next to you. As for the complement, the word is used in fashion or food industry to point out that 2 things go excellently together. For example: My brother complimented me on my yummy cooking. / The wine we have chosen complements the salad perfectly.

6. Bear / Bare

As a verb, the word bear has several meanings, including to support or to hold up a heavy weight, as well as to handle difficulties. Meanwhile, bear is a verb that means ‘to reveal’ or an adjective meaning ‘naked.’ For example: I cannot bear to see him crying. / He bared his arm to demonstrate his scarf.

7. Brooch / Broach

One should pronounce these words the same way. As for the meaning, the first word, as a noun, means a little pin to fasten the clothing. The word broach is a verb and more often than not it is used to say ‘to open up.’ For instance: Michele sat and waited in the awkward silence, trying to figure out if she was about to broach the subject of her hesitation. / She created a beautiful necklace using old brooch and her mother’s earrings.  

8. Lie / Lie

This pair is probably one of the most confusing. When the question is about an exact meaning, the verb lie is used to either describe the action of not telling the truth or the one of resting / reclining. For instance: The dog lies in the sun. / The books are lying on the shelf now. Megan lay on her bed in severe pain last night. / She lied to me about the guy she’d spent the previous evening with.

9. Emigrate / Immigrate

Some people immigrate while the others emigrate. Make sure to see the core difference between these two. When you’re about to leave a country, you emigrate. At the same time, immigrate means ‘to move to the other country.’ For instance: Grace emigrated from the USA in 2010. / He immigrated to France in 2013.

10. Rise / Raise

Raise is used to describe an action that is being done by someone. As for the rise, the word means the action itself. For example: The authority decided to raise the tax. / According to the latest news, the taxes will rise soon.

It’s good to know the difference between these confusing words. Make sure to generate an example sentence with each one in order to keep it in mind and use correctly.

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