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Common Confusing Verbs


SAY (SEI) - Speak words to convey information, an opinion, a feeling or intention, or an instruction. Past - SAID (SED)Past Participle - SAID(SED)*Third-person singular present simple - SAYS(SEZ)EXAMPLE SENTENCES:He always says he's tired.'Thank you' he said.I have said many times that you should study more!SEE - Perceive with the eyes, understand, experience or witness, meet socially or by chance. Past - SAWPast Participle - SEENEXAMPLE SENTENCES:I can't see you.They saw a leopard on their African safari.He's never seen a live concert.


FEEL - Be aware of (a person or object) through touching or being touched; experience (an emotion or sensation).Past - FELTPast Participle - FELTEXAMPLE SENTENCES:I don't feel well today.She felt sad because he was leaving.I have never felt so happy in my life!FALL- Move from a higher to a lower level, typically rapidly and without control; lose one's balance and collapse; decrease in number, amount, intensity, or quality.Past - FELLPast Participle - FALLENEXAMPLE SENTENCES:Be careful! Don't fall into the river!The child fell down on the sidewalk and started crying.The workers have fallen off the ladder many times.


BEGIN - Perform the first part of an activity or action. Past - BEGANPast Participle - BEGUNEXAMPLE SENTENCES:She usually begins her day with a healthy breakfast.They began talking about their trip to the U.S.Peter and Mary have just begun living together. BECOME - begin to be Past - BECAMEPast Participle - BECOME EXAMPLE SENTENCES:He becomes angry when someone questions his work.She studied hard for years and became a doctor.It has become more and more difficult to find parking in the city center.


COME- Perform the first part of an activity or action. Past - CAMEPast Participle - COMEGO - begin to be Past - WENTPast Participle - GONE


TAKEPast - TOOKPast Participle - TAKENBRING Past - BROUGHTPast Participle - BROUGHT


TRY - Make an attempt or effort to do something; subject (someone) to trial. Past - TRIEDPast Participle - TRIEDEXAMPLE SENTENCES:I always try to do my best.They tried and tried but they couldn't open the door.The criminal has been tried three times for robbery in the past. FIND - Discover or perceive by chance or unexpectedly; identify something as being present; reach by a natural or normal process. Past - FOUNDPast Participle - FOUND EXAMPLE SENTENCES:He always finds himself in trouble. They found the dog running around in the yard.I have found listening to jazz music in the evening very relaxing.

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Common Confusing Words


HISTORY - The study of past events; a continuous, typically chronological record of events; a record kept by a web browser of accessed web pagesHis daughter is studying Asian history in college.The patient has a complicated medical history.Let me see if I can still find that website on my history.STORY - An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment; an account of past events in someone's life.Their grandmother loves reading stories to them.The film is based on a true story.


PERSON - plural PEOPLE or PERSONS Most of the time, people is the correct word to choose as a plural for person.Persons is archaic, and it is safe to avoid using it, except in formal contexts or in legal writing, which has its own traditional language.Peoples is only necessary when you refer to distinct ethnic groups (for example, within the same region).She is a wonderful person.No persons are admitted without a pass.The peoples of the world practice a wide variety of religions.(Grammarly Blog)


DIFFERENT (ADJECTIVE) - not the same as another or each other.Every day she dresses in a different way.DIFFERENCE (NOUN)- A point or way in which people or things are dissimilar.Government aid had made a big difference in a lot of people's lives.


WEIGH (VERB) - find out how heavy someone or something is, typically using scales.When I was born I weighed 10 pounds.WEIGHT (NOUN) - the heaviness of a person or thing; Thanks to her diet, she lost a lot of weight.


HIGH (ADJECTIVE) - of great vertical extent; great or greater than normal in quantity, size, or intensity; having a frequency at the upper end of the auditory range; feeling euphoric, especially from the effects of drugs or alcohol.They climbed to the top of a high mountain.You mustn't wash clothes at high temperatures.She always speaks in a high voice.Mark drank too much at the party and he was a little high.HEIGHT (NOUN) -The measurement of someone or something from head to foot or from base to top; the point or period at which something is at its best or strongest.My sister is of medium height.The height of the tourist season is in August.


DEAD (ADJECTIVE) - No longer alive or functioning.I used my phone all afternoon and now the battery is dead.DIED (VERB - past simple and past participle of DIE) - Stop living.William Shakespeare died in 1616 at 52 years of age.DEATH (NOUN) - The end of the life of a person or organism; the destruction or permanent end of something.She never recovered from her husband's death.The economic crises caused the death of the company.

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