Everyday in the English language people subconsciously use the wrong words to convey something in writing, when the wrong word is used it has a great affect on the meaning of the sentence. If you have noticed I just misused the word affect. I should have used the word effect instead of the word affect because; the word affect is used to describe an emotional impact and effect is used to describe a result, a consequence from causation. Using the wrong word in sentences will result in a misconstrued meaning. People use the wrong word so consistently because there are many words in the English language that sound alike and are hard to discern.
All ready and Already
All ready should be used to describe when everything or everyone is ready, and prepared.
Everyone is dressed and all ready to go.
Already is an adverb that means, something has occurred previously, in the past, or that something will have occurred in a certain time.
She already told me that story yesterday.
By 10:00 she will already be home.
Picture and Pitcher
Picture is a noun and it is a photograph a painting, or drawing of an object.
This picture that you made of me is spectacular.
Pitcher is a noun and it is the person at a baseball game who throws the ball to the batter.
The pitcher threw the ball really fast.
Pitcher is a noun and it also means a large jug that is wide in width and narrow at the neck.
He served us ice cold lemonade in a pink pitcher.
Emigrate and Immigrate
Emigrate is a verb that means to leave one country to live in another country.
I will emigrate from my country because it is so terrible.
Immigrate is a verb that means to enter a country to live there.
I will immigrate into the United States to be with my family.
Emigrate is a verb that means to leave and immigrate means to move in to, or enter.
Lay and Lie
Lay is a verb that means to place something down.
I will lay this flower vase on the table.
Lie is also a verb; it means to place oneself down to rest, in a reclining position,
I am going to lie down for a few minutes.
Lie can also be used to describe a location;
Mexico lies south of the United States
Lie also means to say something untrue;
She is telling a lie!
Conscience and Conscious
Conscience is a noun, and it means to have a sense of right and wrong.
My conscience is telling me to admit what I did wrong.
Conscious is an adjective, and it means to be aware and awake.
Since that incident, I am more aware of my surroundings.
Lose and loose
Lose is a verb and it means to misplace something, or to be defeated.
I know we will lose the game.
I will try my best not to lose my money.
Loose is an adjective, and it is used to describe something that is not tight fighting, something that is wobbly.
My daughter’s two front teeth are very loose.
These jeans are very loose around my waist.
The screws in this table are loose.
Personal and Personnel
Personal is an adjective and is used to describe something that is private, not public.
My decisions are personal.
It’s hard to keep my life personal as a celebrity.
Personnel, is a noun that means, employees in a business, the people employed in a business.
All personnel must report to the conference room.
Personnel must dress professionally every day.
Thorough and Through
Thorough is an adjective that describes doing something carefully and fully.
We will give the patient a thorough examination.
Through is a preposition which means to travel across.
We will walk through the lake.
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