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ADVISE Vs. ADVICE

(1) Advise is a verb whereas Advice is a noun.

(2) Advise can be used as second, third form (Advised/Advised) and as present participle (Advising) whereas Advice can not be used in any of these case except as a noun.

For Example :

(1) My mother advised me to go there. (Right)

My mother adviced me to go there. (Wrong)

(2) They are advising me to leave alcohol. (Right)

They are advicing me to leave alcohol. (Wrong)

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WORSEN Vs. WORSE

(1) WORSEN is a verb whereas WORSE is both a noun & adjective.

(2) WORSEN can be used as second, third form (Worsened, Worsened) and as present participle (Worsening) where WORSE can not be used in any of these case except as a noun or adjective.

For Example :

(1) I will worsen your condition coming year. (Right)

I will worse your condition coming year. (Wrong)

(2) His condition is worse than that of Ram. (Right)

His condition is worsen than that of Ram. (Wrong)

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BESIDE Vs. BESIDES

(1) Beside is a preposition whereas Besides is both a preposition & adverb.

(2) Beside means ‘Near’ whereas Besides means ‘In addition to this’

For Example :

(1) My mother was sitting beside me. (Right)     (Hint: Here beside means near)

My mother was sitting besides me. (Wrong)  

(2) I can eat anything besides non vegetarian food. (Right)

I can eat anything beside non vegetarian food. (Wrong)

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IN SPITE OF Vs. DESPITE

(1) Both are prepositions and same in meaning but different in appearance.

(2) ‘In spite’ is followed by ‘Of’ means whereas Despite is never followed by ‘Of’.

For Example :

(1) My father used to put up with me in spite of my harsh behaviour. (Right)     

My father used to put up with me despite of my harsh behaviour. (Wrong)  

(2) He tortured her despite her ill health. (Right)

He tortured her despite of her ill health. (Wrong)

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BATHE Vs. BATH

(1) Bathe is a verb whereas Bath is a noun.

(2) Bathe can be used as verb’s second and third form (bathed) but Bath can not be used as second and third form.

For Example :

(1) Why don’t you bathe in the evening? (Right)     

Why don’t you bath in the evening? (Wrong)  

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OF  Vs. OFF

(1) Both OF and OFF are prepositions but they differ in their meanings.

(2) OF shows link and connect between the subject and the object whereas OFF shows disconnect between the subject and the object.

For Example :

(1) The boy who is standing in the kitchen is the brother of Joseph. (Right) 

The boy who is standing in the kitchen is the brother off Joseph. (Wrong)

(2) Tushar fell off the horse. (Right)

Tushar fell of the horse. (Wrong)

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BETWEEN Vs. AMONG

(1) Both Between and Among are prepositions but they differ in their meaning.

(2)Between is used for two people or things whereas Among is used for more than two people or things.

For Example :

(1) The Principal distributed the sweets between Rahul and Pankaj. (Right)

The Principal distributed the sweets among Rahul and Pankaj. (Wrong)

(2) That milk was shared among the students. (Right)

That milk was shared between the students. (Wrong)

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EACH OTHER VS. ONE ANOTHER

(1) Each other is used for two people or objects whereas One another is used for more that two people or objects.

For Example :

(1) Vipin and Kunal were talking to each other. (Right)

Vipin and Kunal were talking to one another. (Wrong)

(2) All the boys of the class were fighting with one another. (Right)

All the boys of the class were fighting with one another. (Wrong)

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SLEEP VS. ASLEEP

(1) Sleep is both a verb and noun whereas Asleep is an adjective.

For Example :

I was sleeping when my mother came. (Here sleep is used as a verb.)

Sound sleep is good for health. (Here sleep is used as a verb.)

My child was asleep when I reached his school. (Here sleep is used as an adjective.)

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VERB’S (3rd Form) VS. PAST PARTICIPLE

BROKEN Vs. BROKEN  (for Example)

Never get confused between verb’s 3rd form and present participle. Although they look same but there is a difference between them. Let us have a look at the difference.

(1) Verb works as an action whereas Present Participle works as an adjective.

For Example :

I have broken my phone by mistake. (Here broken is used as a verb)

My friend gifted me a broken phone. (Here broken is used as an adjective)

I swept all the rags from the floor yesterday. (Here swept is used as a verb)

I saw an unswept statue in the desert.            (Here swept is used as an adjective)

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As…as Vs. So…as

(1) Both are co-relative conjunctions but used differently.

(2.) As…as is used for the comparison to the similar thing or with the similar people whereas So…as used for comparison to dissimilar things or with dissimilar persons.

For e.g.

Aishwarya Rai is as beautiful as rose.    (Right)

Aishwarya Rai is so beautiful as rose.   (Wrong)

Manoj is not so handsome as his brother. (Right)

Manoj is not as handsome as his brother. (Wrong)

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Agree to Vs. Agree with

(1.) Agree to is used when one agrees to a statement whereas Agree with is used when one agrees with a person.

For e.g.

The Principal agreed to my words. (Right)

The Principal agreed with my words. (Wrong)

 

Do you agree to this statement? (Right)

Do you agree with this statement? (Wrong)

 

My father agreed with me. (Right)

My father agreed to me. (Wrong)

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Made of Vs. Made from

(1) Made of is used when we can see the thing which is being talked about whereas made from is used when we can’t see the thing which is being talked about.

For e.g.

This wall is made of bricks. (Right)

(Hint: Bricks are visible here therefore Made of has been used here.)

This paper is made from wood. (Right)

(Hint: Since wood is not visible in the paper therefore Made from has been used here.)

 

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Color Vs. Colour

(1) Color is an American word whereas Colour is a british word. Both are used as nouns,

 

For e.g.

What is the color of your t-shirt? (American English)

What is the colour of your t-shirt? (British English)

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There Vs. Their

(1) There is used for location, place or direction whereas Their is used for possession.

 

For e.g.

There is a lot of crowd in the market. (Right)

Their is a lot of crowd in the market. (Wrong)

 

They have done their work. (Right)

They have done there work. (Wrong)

 

All the people of this world prefer their wealth to health. (Right)

All the people of this world prefer there wealth to health. (Wrong)

 


Put up Vs. Put up with

(1) Both are phrasal verbs but both mean differently.

(2) Put up has many meanings such as; ‘to post, to offer, to erect’ etc. whereas Put up with means ‘to tolerate’

 

For e.g.

Why don’t you put up that notice on the notice board. (Right)

Why don’t you put up with that notice on the notice board. (Wrong)

 

She is putting up with the behaviour of her husband. (Right)

She is putting up the behaviour of her husband. (Wrong)

 


 

Little Vs. Few

(1) Both are determiners (adjectives).

(2) Little is used for quantity (uncountable) whereas Few is used for numbers (countable)

 

For e.g.

My brother bought little sugar for his family. (Right)

(Hint: Here ‘little’ is used for ‘sugar’ which is uncountable)

My brother bought few sugar for his family. (Wrong)

 

There were few students who failed in the exams. (Right)

(Hint: Here ‘few’ is used for ‘students’ which is countable)

There were little students who failed in the exams. (Wrong)

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