11 Common Mistakes with Word Pairs
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We know how easy it is to make mistakes when speaking English and to use the wrong word. Many of these mistakes are mistakes our learners make even though they know they are mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes become fossilised and are difficult to correct. However, there are some mistakes that our learners make because they genuinely do not know they are using the words incorrectly. Some native English speakers can even get confused with some word pairs.
11 common mistakes with word pairs
Advice vs advise
This may seem like a little spelling error but actually it’s a matter of pronunciation as well. Advice with a c is a noun and advise with an s is a verb. A handy way to remember it is that ice is a noun but is is a verb.
Every day vs everyday
Everyday is an adjective. It is used to describe something that is common or unexceptional. Every day is used to talk about something that happens every day.
Dessert vs desert
The one is nice to eat and the other has a lot of sand, but which is which? The Sahara is a desert and ice cream is a dessert, because with dessert we always want more (s’s).
Lose vs loose
This matter of the extra o may seem trivial but it totally changes the meaning of the word. Lose is the opposite of win and loose is the opposite of tight. To remember it just think that lose lost an o.
Quite vs quiet
Quiet is the opposite of loud, while quite means very.
Sensible vs sensitive
This may be problematic because of first language transfer. Sensible is an adjective meaning having common sense, while sensitive is an adjective meaning to hurt easily.
Felt vs fell
Felt is the past tense of feel, while fell is the past tense of fall.
Recipe and receipt
You might these are quite an odd pair to get confused but it may be because they are both unusual words in terms of spelling and pronunciation. A recipe is the list of ingredients and instructions for making a dish and a receipt is the slip of paper you are given after buying something.
Bear vs bare
Yes a bear is an animal but that’s not the meaning of the word that is so confusing. Bear is also a verb, meaning to support a heavy weight or to endure or suffer. Bare, on the other hand, means naked. The expressions these are most commonly confused in are bear with me or bear in mind.
Affect vs effect
In this case the difference is not so big because the two words belong to the same word family but they belong to different word categories. Affect is a verb while effect is a noun.
Compliment vs complement
A compliment is what someone gives you when they say “Your hair looks lovely”. Complement is used to describe two things which go well together – “This wine really complements this meal”.
When your learners make these mistakes, don’t be too hard on them – some of your friends probably make the same mistakes too!
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.