ACCEPT or EXCEPT
ACCEPT – to take something willingly.
Ex: They accepted our offer.
EXCEPT: excluding, not including, other than.
Ex: Everyone was happy except Gilbert.
ADVICE or ADVISE
ADVICE (noun) is an opinion or suggestion given to someone.
Ex: Janine gave me a very good advice about cooking.
ADVISE (verb) means to give advice to someone.
Ex: Alan did what we advised him to do.
AT THE END or IN THE END
AT THE END is used for: end of physical location (at the end of the road), metaphorical end (at the end of the film), final point of a time period (she told us about itat the end of the meeting).
IN THE END – finally, after a long time (We worked hard, and in the end we were properly paid).
BECAUSE or BECAUSE OF
We use BECAUSE for clauses, and BECAUSE OF is for words or phrases.
I like him because he is kind BUT I like him because of his kindness.
Joanna wants a new phone because she lost her old one BUT Joanna wants a new phone because of losing her old one.
EACH or EVERY
EACH is used for one or more things, taken one by one.
Ex: Each of the two boys was wrong.
EVERY is never used fot two, but always for more than two things, taken as a group.
Ex: She read every book in the library.
Note: EACH and EVERY are always singular
Ex: Each (every) one of the twenty boys has a book.
FARTHER or FURTHER
Farther and Further are mostly interchangeable, but there is a major difference between them.
We use FARTHER when it is about physical distance.
Ex: He climbed farther up the hill.
We use FURTHER when it is about symbolic distance.
Ex: They need to conduct further research.
FINISH or END
TO FINISH (v)– refers to bringing any action into its completion.
Ex: We were hurrying to finish the job.
TO END (v)– refers to termination to any action.
Ex: The Second World War ended in 1945.
GOOD or WELL
GOOD (adj.) – use it to describe a peron, place or thing.
Ex: He is a good painter.
WELL (adv.) – use it to describe an action.
Ex: She paints well.
MAY BE & MAYBE
MAY BE means ‘might be’, ‘could be’.
Ex: Your wallet may be on the table.
MAYBE means ‘perhaps’.
Ex: Maybe Sheila wants to be alone.
PEACE & PIECE
PEACE –state of tranquility, calmness, a time with no war.
Ex: I love to have my breakfast in peace.
PIECE –a separate part of something.
Ex: Julia gave a me a piece of chocolate.
RECENTLY or LATELY
RECENTLY – use it for non-repetive actions.
Ex: I have visited Rome recently.
LATELY: use it for repetitive actions.
Ex: I have been working out lately.
TASTE or FLAVOR
Words taste and flavor are not interchangeable, as many might think, and we use them differently.
The word TASTE refers to flavours we can feel with our senses: salty, sour, sweet or bitter.
The word FLAVOR refers to the quality of something which affects the sense of taste.
Taste and flavor are both verbs and nouns.
That soup tastes much better with garlic in it.
I like the taste of that chocolate cake.
The cooks flavored that dish with cardamom.
My favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.
VICIOUS or VISCOUS
VICIOUS–refers to someone cruel and mean.
Ex: That vicious boy stole my purse.
VISCOUS-refers to something thick and sticky.
Ex: Honey is a viscous substance.