Words easily confused in English

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Adjectives/nouns which have a similar form in English and are thus prone to confusion in L2 learners. Suitable for upper-intermediate or advanced learners.

Text of Words easily confused in English

  • 1. CONFUSABLECONFUSABLEWORDSWORDS
  • 2. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE
  • 3. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE The number of voters who changed their mindsat the last minute was considerable.
  • 4. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE The number of voters who changed their mindsat the last minute was considerable. Sugar is added in considerable quantities tomost soft drinks.
  • 5. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE The number of voters who changed their mindsat the last minute was considerable. Sugar is added in considerable quantities tomost soft drinks. It was so icy that Marcus had considerabledifficulty in reaching the top of the hill.
  • 6. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE The number of voters who changed their mindsat the last minute was considerable. Sugar is added in considerable quantities tomost soft drinks. It was so icy that Marcus had considerabledifficulty in reaching the top of the hill. After applying for a visa there is always aconsiderable delay before you receive it.
  • 7. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE The number of voters who changed their mindsat the last minute was considerable. Sugar is added in considerable quantities tomost soft drinks. It was so icy that Marcus had considerabledifficulty in reaching the top of the hill. After applying for a visa there is always aconsiderable delay before you receive it. CONSIDERABLE + noun
  • 8. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE The number of voters who changed their mindsat the last minute was considerable. Sugar is added in considerable quantities tomost soft drinks. It was so icy that Marcus had considerabledifficulty in reaching the top of the hill. After applying for a visa there is always aconsiderable delay before you receive it. CONSIDERABLE + noun meaning: LARGE enough to have an effectand make a difference
  • 9. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE Diane is a considerate boss who is alwayswilling to listen.
  • 10. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE Diane is a considerate boss who is alwayswilling to listen. Please be considerate towards other hotelguests. Do not use the TV after midnight.
  • 11. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE Diane is a considerate boss who is alwayswilling to listen. Please be considerate towards other hotelguests. Do not use the TV after midnight. I married John because he was kind andconsiderate and I wanted to be looked after.
  • 12. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE Diane is a considerate boss who is alwayswilling to listen. Please be considerate towards other hotelguests. Do not use the TV after midnight. I married John because he was kind andconsiderate and I wanted to be looked after. Used for describing PEOPLE
  • 13. CONSIDERABLE vs. CONSIDERATE Diane is a considerate boss who is alwayswilling to listen. Please be considerate towards other hotelguests. Do not use the TV after midnight. I married John because he was kind andconsiderate and I wanted to be looked after. used for describing PEOPLE meaning: always thinking of what otherpeople may need/want and taking care not toupset them
  • 14. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS
  • 15. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS It seems hardly credible that the governmentshould suddenly have started caring about theenvironment.
  • 16. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS It seems hardly credible that the governmentshould suddenly have started caring about theenvironment. Make it sound more credible. Tell her you wereat my house.
  • 17. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS It seems hardly credible that the governmentshould suddenly have started caring about theenvironment. Make it sound more credible. Tell her you wereat my house. Her story is completely credible. She doesntusually exaggerate.
  • 18. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS It seems hardly credible that the governmentshould suddenly have started caring about theenvironment. Make it sound more credible. Tell her you wereat my house. Her story is completely credible. She doesntusually exaggerate. credible
  • 19. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS It seems hardly credible that the governmentshould suddenly have started caring about theenvironment. Make it sound more credible. Tell her you wereat my house. Her story is completely credible. She doesntusually exaggerate. credible incredible
  • 20. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS It seems hardly credible that the governmentshould suddenly have started caring about theenvironment. Make it sound more credible. Tell her you wereat my house. Her story is completely credible. She doesntusually exaggerate. credible incredible meaning: something that can be believedbecause it seems likely or because you trustthe person who is saying it
  • 21. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS Had he forgotten that Arnold Jackson had atongue of silver, a tongue by which he hadcharmed vast sums of money out of thecredulous public, a tongue which very nearlyenabled him to escape the penalty of hiscrimes?
  • 22. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS Had he forgotten that Arnold Jackson had atongue of silver, a tongue by which he hadcharmed vast sums of money out of thecredulous public, a tongue which very nearlyenabled him to escape the penalty of hiscrimes? You may be able to persuade a more credulousaudience, but these people are prettysophisticated.
  • 23. CREDIBLE vs. CREDULOUS Had he forgotten that Arnold Jackson had atongue of silver, a tongue by which he hadcharmed vast sums of money out of thecredulous public, a tongue which very nearlyenabled him to escape the penalty of hiscrimes? You may be able to persuade a more credulousaudience, but these people are prettysophisticated. meaning: too ready to believe what otherpeople tell you
  • 24. INDUSTRIAL vs. INDUSTRIOUS
  • 25. INDUSTRIAL vs. INDUSTRIOUS That area of the country is industrial rather thanagricultural.
  • 26. INDUSTRIAL vs. INDUSTRIOUS That area of the country is industrial rather thanagricultural. The Industrial Revolution was the transitionfrom to new manufacturing processes thatoccurred in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.
  • 27. INDUSTRIAL vs. INDUSTRIOUS That area of the country is industrial rather thanagricultural. The Industrial Revolution was the transitionfrom to new manufacturing processes thatoccurred in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. Birmingham,