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Confusing word pairs in English.

Some words In English will confuse you because you may feel that their meanings are the same.  But the truth is that it’s actually quite the opposite.  It is important that you don’t get confused anymore by understanding their difference and using the words in the right way-AT THE RIGHT PLACE IN A SENTENCE.  Let’s have a look at a few of them:

Deny / Refuse

 Deny- Say something isn’t true, or that you dint do something

 Example : Mary denied gossiping about her friend, she said she didn’t do it

 Refuse-Not do something, or say firmly that you will NOT do it

Example : The little boy refused to eat dinner

 Staff / Employee

Staff and employees have the same meaning i.e -people who work for a company.  But they are not going to be used in the same way while writing a sentence because of the following:

 Staff-singular and uncountable noun to refer to an entire group of workers

Employees- plural and countable noun referring to the collection of individual workers


 Interfere-something comes in between or affects a situation and you don’t want it to-negative word

Example :  I wish my boyfriend would stop interfering in my career choices

Intervene-when someone affects a situation in a good way-positve way of coming in the middle of a situation

Example : Joes’ mother intervened when he had a drug addiction problem

Problem / Trouble


 Trouble -uncountable

  • Example : I’m having a problem with my handset
  • Example : I’m having trouble with my handset
  • Example : We have two major problems
  • Example : We have major trouble

Suppose / Suppose to

 Suppose-think, believe, imagine, expect

Example : I suppose she won’t be answering her phone this late at night

 Supposed to-something should be done, but wasn’t

Example :  You’re supposed to be leaving two hours earlier so that you make it in time for the airport

 Change / Switch

Change-become different

 Switch-start using, doing one thing and start doing another

Example : She needs a change in her personality

Example : I want to switch from an android to an iphone

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