Monday, 10 March 2014

Words often confused and misused: 5

1.    College and Collage    
College    /ˈkɒlɪdʒ/                      Institution of higher learning
One develops one’s personality only during his/her college days.
Collage     /ˈkɒlɑːʒ/                     Picture with pieces stuck on surface
The collage work made by Nandini won her the first prize.

2.      Comma and Coma
Comma   /ˈkɒmə/                       Punctuation mark to indicate a brief pause or interval
When you read, pause a little, when there is a comma.
Coma  /ˈkəʊmə/                          Long period of unconsciousness
The accident victim has passed into a coma.

3.      Confident   and confidant
 Confident /ˈkɒnfɪd(ə)nt/           Sure and certain
My sister is quite confident that she can finish cooking before 7.p.m.
Confidant /ˈkɒnfɪdænt/             A person who is entrusted with secrets
My mother is my best friend and confidant.

4.    Conscious and Conscientious  
Conscious /ˈkɒnʃəs/                             Keenly aware; intentional
You must be conscious of your weakness as well as your strength.
Conscientious  /ˌkɒnʃiˈenʃəs/              In accordance with somebody’s conscience
Being Conscientious, Sekhar could not get along with his dishonest boss.   

5.      Considerable and Considerate
     Considerable /kənˈsɪd(ə)rəb(ə)l/            Moderately large
     My company pays me a considerable salary and I am quite happy here.
Considerate  /kənˈsɪd(ə)rət/                  Sympathetic

We should always be considerate towards the poor and the needy.

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