Confusing Words Clarified: Group F; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "F" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
I hope I do not live to see
The death of the apostrophe.
For readers all will suffer fits
In disentangling its from it’s,
And they may also rave and rant,
Unable to tell cant from can’t;
Not to mention how they feel
When they mix up well and we’ll.
If you have any problems understanding the pronunciation symbols, go to this Pronunciation Chart for clarifications.
The new pharm was built on an old farm that had been purchased from the owner.
Pharaoh is used today as a synonym for the king of ancient Egypt. Much expense of labor, money, and treasure was involved in their funeral rites, as shown by the pyramids and the tombs; such as, that of Tutankhamen.
Each line of kings formed a dynasty, of which there were 31 in all, the peaks of power and development being known as the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. The term originally and literally meant the "great house" referring to the living quarters of the king which was the royal palace.
The institution of kingship in ancient Egypt was centered around the concept that the Pharaoh was himself divine, a god among the gods, and therefore on a plane above mankind.
From the time of the New Kingdom (starting in the 18th dynasty, 1539-1292 B.C.), the term came to be used for kings of Egypt; however, the term Pharaoh was never formally the king's title.
When the Pharaoh played faro, the prize for the winner was a farrow of baby pigs.
The simple rule is to use farther or farthest only when someone is talking about a measurable distance or space, otherwise use further to indicate greater in quantity, time, and degree.
In order to do further research for their geography class, the students went in search of a region that was farther away from their university town than the next village.
2. Pertaining to something placed or attached in a way that is not easily moved: Tie the rope fast to the hook.
3. Very loyal or faithful: They became fast and close friends.
Before they started their fast, the two athletes, who were fast friends, participated in a race because they were both fast runners.
2. Concerning something that causes ruin or failure: The burglar made a fatal mistake in his undertaking and got caught.
Linwood remembered that fateful day when the fatal explosion at the mine marked the end of the mining industry in his area.
Imogene's sister sighed, "I am convinced that it is my fate to be the crowned queen of the fete this year."
The history of the ill fated lovers is feted every year at the theater festival.
2. To seek favor by supporting slavishly every opinion and suggestion of a superior; to grovel, to be an apple polisher, etc.: Some of the pupils decided to fawn on their teacher in order to get good grades in their class.
Jamie thought she would fawn over her professor and impress him with her knowledge of Roman Mythology; especially, the myths surrounding the faun.
Unfortunately, in her essay she misspelled "faun" and wrote "fawn" instead. Her professor was amused at her efforts to fawn but he was not impressed.
Don't let the new phase of educational reform faze you, Martin. Remember, we teachers have watched this happen before.
Travis is never fazed when he reads about the changed plans that would have phased in prison reform.
Is it feasible that your plausible explanation of the explosion would be accepted by the engineers?
It was an extraordinary feat when Georgina danced in her bare feet during the dance competition at the fete. In fact, the judges decided to fete her and gave her a coupon to buy a new pair of shoes for her feet.
In order to foment a revolt among the farm hands, the revolutionary forces spread lies which caused a state of ferment among the farmers.
They even went to the local pub and ordered beer which was made when the hops and barley could ferment together.
The witch in the forest used a ferrule to straighten her ferule which she then used to chase the feral cats away from her Candy House.
A few days after the couple was feted at the Town Hall, the garbage, stored behind the building, was becoming very fetid and needed to be carted away.