There are many confusing words in English. Let's talk about some common ones that will help you improve your fluency & comprehension. Watch & learn.
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Hi guys! I loved this lesson. Thank you so much! Pronunciation still is hard for me. I need more practice!... and I like this advice: Lisen English and repeat, you can imitate the "American accent" :D see you next Saturday, bye!
I can't understand how native English speakers have so many problems with this. The fact that you pronounce almost all of them different (except for story) is what makes it easy for me to remember it. I only get confused when I use the web site where my friend works and they say something like "the word literally doesn't have to mean in physical terms, then cite sources sowing that the word 'literally' has been used to mean 'figuratively' for over 100 years." He works for Oxford English Dictionary in England. He's a lexicographer; he puts words in dictionaries. It sounds boring but he makes it seem interesting. Still, I can't get used to using 'literally' to mean 'in a figurative sense.'
But OED is always trying to be on the cutting edge of how the language is being used.
Thanks for commenting. That's a good question. When I think of a "collapsing building," I think of a building that's neglected or in decay. A word that comes to mind would be "dilapidated." When I think of a "collapsed building," then I think the building has already fallen and is in rubble. Hope this helps! 👍
I really appreciate your lessons!🙊It was good to see you!
Would you mind checking the following sentences?
•John didn't come today, *maybe* he is sick
•John didn't come today, he *may be* sick
If they're not correct please let me know if they're used in different contexts.
Thank you in advance👍
Hi Gisele. Thanks for commenting & sharing those sentences. Both are correct and you used "maybe" and "may be" perfectly. The meaning is the same and this will help others distinguish between these commonly confused words. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😊