After many months, I am back and hope to continue with my blogging.
We tend to get confused between words either because they look alike or sound alike. They need not necessarily be homonyms or homophones. Some kind of similarity can make people get confused. When we misuse words, the greatest disadvantage is that we fail to get our ideas across. They can also prove hilarious or dangerous. It is better to know the difference between words and use them appropriately.
1. Abuse Maltreatment of a person or animal
In some houses, children are abused even today.
Misuse The incorrect or improper use of something.
The officer was arrested for misusing his authority.
2. Adapt Adjust
My sister easily adapted to her new home after her wedding.
Adopt Follow; legally raise another’s child
The childless couple adopted a baby girl last month.
He is an adept at playing saxophone.
3. Affect Influence somebody or something
Meera is affected by the chill weather.
Effect Result; being in force or operation; power to influence
This medicine has very good effect.
4. Alibi The accused’s claim of having been somewhere else
The movie, ‘Drishyam’ revolves round the concept of alibi.
Alias Also known as (a.k.a)
Chanakya alias Kautilya was the author of Arthashastra.
5. Alone Without company
I don’t like to stay alone in the house.
Lonely Feeling alone
We at times feel lonely in the midst of a crowd.
More will follow.