6 COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS FOR BOTH ENGLISH LEARNERS AND TEACHERS
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Its or it’s? To, two or too? They’re, there or their? You might think these are silly examples but you’d be surprised how many people get them confused. In fact, English is so complicated that even native speakers can get confused using the language. Even English teachers! Of course, as teachers we are expected to know the language inside out and not make mistakes when speaking English. However, there are quite a few words which are confusing for all of us.
To make sure you are not making these mistakes (and teaching them to your learners!), read this list and make sure you know the difference.
Commonly confused English words
Accept vs except
Accept is a verb, meaning to receive.
Except is a conjunction, meaning apart from.
He accepted her gift.
She remembered to pack everything except her umbrella.
Affect vs effect
Affect is a verb, meaning to produce a change in.
Effect is a noun, meaning the result brought about by a change.
The town was badly affected by the storm.
The next day everyone could see the disastrous effects of the storm.
Bad vs badly
Bad is an adjective, meaning not good.
Badly is an adverb, meaning not well or done incorrectly.
Going out so late at night was a bad idea.
He didn’t want to go with her because she always drove badly.
Borrow vs lend
Borrow is a verb, meaning to take something from someone with the intention of returning it after a time.
Lend is a verb, meaning to give something to someone with the expectation that they will return it after a time.
She borrowed his book because she had left hers at home.
He lent her his book because she had left hers at home.
Breathe vs breath
Breathe is a verb, meaning to take air in and out of your lungs.
Breath is a noun, referring to the air you take in and out of your lungs.
If you start to panic, breathe deeply and you’ll feel better.
He took a deep breath and immediately felt better.
Compliment vs complement
Compliment is a verb, meaning to say something nice to someone, or a noun, referring to what is said.
Complement is a verb, meaning to complete something, or a noun, referring to the thing which completes something else.
He liked her dress so he complimented her on it.
He gave her a compliment on her dress.
The Malbec really complemented the lamb dish.
But wait, that’s not all! Stay tuned for our next post when we look at more commonly confused words for both English learners and teachers.
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- 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.