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Confusing English Words!

Pre-assembly Talk 5 July 2012

Elizabeth Ng

on 29 December 2012

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Borrow or Lend? Hand In or Pass Up? Confusing English Words!
English Pre-assembly Talk
5 July 2012 Principal or Principle? Lay or Lie? Later or Latter? It's or Its? Stationary or Stationery? Desert or Dessert? You borrow something that belongs to someone else when you use it for a while. You lend something that belongs to you when you let someone else use it for a while. Its possesive form of it,
that means, "belonging to it". It's is short for it is or it has. Later is an adverb that means "at that time in the future". Latter is used as a noun to refer to the second of two people or things already mentioned. Stationary is an adjective that means "not moving". Stationery is a noun that refers to writing materials, such as paper and envelopes. Lay in the present tense is used as lay eggs, lay the table, etc.
It is also the past tense of lie e.g. lay on the bed. Lie can mean to rest (past tense -> lay)
or to say things that are not true (past tense -> lied). A desert is a large area of very dry land where very few plants grow.
To desert a person / place is to leave them behind. A dessert is a sweet dish eaten at the end of a meal. You hand in your homework when you return it to your teacher for marking. If you pass up a chance or an opportunity, you let go of it. Principal can be used as an adjective or a noun.
Adjective -> It means main, e.g. the principal points
in a discussion.
Noun -> The head of a school, e.g. Ms See. Principle is a noun that refers to a basic idea, truth or belief.
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