Thanks to a collaboration from Richard, a fellow blogger, author of “One More Good Adventure”, I was able to partly clear some confusion I had about several English words. He sent me an e-mail with an article explaining the difference between word-pairs easily confused, even by English-speaking persons. The difference between them is very subtle and it requires concentration to notice the difference between them.
The name of the article sent by my friend is, “Shades of Meaning: Five Commonly Confused Word-Pairs” written by William B. Bradshaw, author of “The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors”. If English is your second language, reading this article will be highly beneficial in polishing up the language. Reading the book will further consolidate the understanding of the difficult language of William Shakespeare.
“Most of the world’s prominent grammarians have reached consensus for the appropriate uses of many often-confused word pairs. I explore the details of many of these grammatical errors in The Big Ten of Grammar and am sharing the grammarian’s official verdict on the usage of five commonly confused word-pairs.
These are the five word-pairs selected by William B. Bradshaw:
- “Sure” and “Certain”
- “Less” and Fewer”
- “Further and “Farther”
- “Big” and “Large”
- “Often” and “Frequently”
Bradshaw offers a comprehensive distinction between the often confused English word-pairs. Even though I’ve read his explanation of items 4 and 5, I still feel confused as to the proper usage of the terms. I’ll keep my ears close to the ground to see how they are used by recognized authors. In the meantime, I’m still inside the English maze trying to find my way out.
Source: “Shades of Meaning: Five Commonly Confused Word-Pairs” penned by William B. Bradshaw