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Mustard and mustered are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. Homophones are a group of words with different spellings, the same pronunciations, and different meanings....
Have you heard people talk about a visit that they had in English? Do you feel as if there are a lot of other words and phrases used to talk about a visit? This is what we are talking about...
Pasty and pasty  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. These word pairs are often misused words. Heteronyms exist because of our ever-changing English language, and these words with...
We know how busy a teacher’s life can be, between ongoing assessment, professional development, student counselling, and, of course, planning and teaching classes! So, just in case you missed them, we thought we’d bring together the ten most...
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours is an idiom that dates back hundreds of years. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odip2iy4LGY “Cheesy” and “tacky” are two things you definitely do not want to be. Learn what these common adjectives mean in English, and how you should use them. For more on how to use “cheesy,” see our Cultural English 454, and...
Get a handle on is an interesting idiom. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery...
Don’t judge a book by its cover is a proverb. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that may be a famous quote, an inspirational quote, an epigram, or the topic of a parable. These common sayings...
Get wind of is an interesting idiom. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors,...
Recant and recount are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. Confusables is a catch-all term for words that are often misused or confused; there are many confusing words in the English language that...
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