Confusing English Words

Be Sure to Choose the Correct Word.

We all know the English language can be a bit confusing. Imagine being non-American and trying to learn English. Many people repeat words they hear, but confuse it with what was intended. Each week, I will display a few common misused words.

  • Adverse – unfavorable, opposing, contrary. Adverse criticism; adverse winds.
  • Averse – having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, distaste. He is not averse to a drink from time to time.
  • Anecdote – a short account of a story, or event – especially an amusing one.
  • Antidote – (n) medicine or remedy; something that prevents from happening. Laughter is the best antidote to sadness. (v) to counteract with an antidote. Medication was given to antidote the poison.
  • Concurrent – equal authority, two concurrent courts of law; agreeing, concurrent testimony by three witnesses; in conjunction, concurrent efforts by the committees; occurring side by side, concurrent subway bombings.
  • Consecutive – following one another, uninterrupted, logical sequence
  • Eminent – high in rank, protruding, noteworthy, lofty
  • Imminent – impending, likely to occur soon. Rain is imminent.

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