Saturday, 15 March 2014

Words often confused and misused -8

1.    Delightful and Delicious  

Delightful /dɪˈlaɪtf(ə)l/                Very pleasing
I was totally impressed by her delightful singing.
Delicious /dɪˈlɪʃəs/                     Tasty, good to eat
The food in this restaurant is quite delicious.

2.    Destiny and Destination

Destiny /ˈdestəni/           Somebody’s preordained future
You can shape your  destiny with a proper goal and perseverance.
Destination /ˌdestɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/      the place where someone or something is going
This bus will take you to your destination.

3.    Deny, decline and refuse

Deny /dɪˈnaɪ/       to say that you did not do something  that someone has  accused you of doing
The officer denied having accepted bribe.
Decline/dɪˈklaɪn/            to say politely that you will not accept something or do something/ to become less or worse
Mala declined the invitation to attend Ravi’s wedding.
The number of people using bicycles has declined drastically.
Refuse /rɪˈfjuːz/              Indicate unwillingness; not accept something
Today’s women refuse to be cowed down by male domination.

4.    Dependant and Dependent

Dependant (noun)/dɪˈpendənt/                                    a child or other relative to whom
 you givefood, money, and a home.
Having his parents as dependants, Sekhar works overtime to make both ends meet.
Dependent (adjective)  /dɪˈpendənt/              Not self-reliant
I have two dependent relatives to care for.

5.    Desert and Dessert
Desert (noun) /ˈdezə(r)t/           a large area of land with few plants and little water
The Thar Desert’ forms a natural boundary running along the border between India and Pakistan.
Dessert /dɪˈzɜː(r)t/      sweet food that you eat after the main part of a meal
I am planning to prepare gulab jamuns for dessert .

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