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.
Phew! It's hot in here.
Phew! What's that odor?
Craig muttered, "Phew! Even though I had only a few pages to read to finish the book, it seemed to take me forever."
There are fewer fish in the stream this year than last year.
2. A reference to abstract situations: It is obvious that there is less honor in business dealings these days; especially, with some banks.
3. Pertaining to matters involving degree and value of a smaller amount or quantity: There is much less purchasing power than in the past because there is less money available for people to use.
Although too many writers and speakers use these words incorrectly, everyone should realize that fewer should refer only to countable numbers or things or to units capable of being counted; as in "The less money there is available, the fewer hamburgers and potato drinks people can buy."
Few means not many; little means not much. Fewer means smaller in number; less means smaller in amount, as in "People have fewer legs than a centipede, but a centipede has less intelligence."
Possibly "a doubtful proposition" according to Willard Espy.
If you are still not convinced, then consider the following: Although colloquial English is often different, standard written English uses fewer with things that can be counted and less with things that cannot be counted; for example, fewer people, but less money. It is unacceptable to write less students or less players.
Also, don't write fewer than six weeks because the expression "six weeks" refers to a single period of time, and not a collection of six individual objects; therefore, the required wording is less than six weeks.
In times of economic restraint, there are fewer people investing less of their hard-earned wages when they go out for a coffee. George always asks for less sugar in his coffee than usual so he will gain fewer pounds.
My fiancé, who works in the finance sector of the economy, introduced me to his family as his fiancée.
2. A thin thread of natural or artificial material that can be used to make cloth, paper, etc.: This organic fiber will allow the fabric to breathe and the daily gazette can be made from both cotton and wood fiber.
Fred was not a fibber when he told Leann that a diet high in fiber would be good for her. In fact, he wrote out the information on a piece of paper that was made of natural fiber.
Greta was fiddling around in the attic when she discovered the fiddle her uncle used to play.
She had fond memories of the fiddling concerts in the kitchen when she was growing up in Newfoundland; but now, many people think that kitchen concerts are of piddling consideration.
2. Someone who is deeply dedicated to and involved with something; such as, a sport: I think Eliza is a real athletic fiend because she spends just about all of her time on the sports field.
In the small business, the people knew they had a friend in the senator who supported the tax relief that they needed if they were to survive the bad economic times.
The police said the fiend who was preying on youth in the park often met them by pretending to be their friend. In fact, the fiend was a fiend for skateboarding.
2. The act of giving an official form or document to someone in authority in order to begin a legal process: The filing for the income tax return was taken care of by the tax consultant.
3.The job, activity, or storing of documents in an organized and safe place: The secretary at the school does all the computer work and filing for the principal.
2.A food mixture that is put inside something to complete a recipe: The pie needs more apple filling or the crust will be more significant than the fruit.
After the dentist put a filling in Mike's tooth, she wrote up the report and gave it to the clerk for filing.
The clerk said he would complete the filing the following day because he was late filing his income tax forms, explaining that he had difficulty filling in the questionnaire.
2. To provide the things that are asked for in something; such as, an order: Victor went to the drugstore to fill his prescriptions.
When you fill in the questionnaire, be sure to mark as nil the question about the number of cats in your household. That should fill the appetite of the statisticians for trivia.
2. Superior in quality: Ruth and Allen enjoyed the finely performed recital by the students at the music hall.
Selma and her friends attended a finely executed dance recital at the end of which the dancers performed, as their final number, the grand finale from a famous ballet before it was finally time for the curtain to come down.
2. To get or to discover something or someone that a person is looking for: Sometimes it can take days to find a key that has been lost.
The prosecutor was determined to find the man guilty of speeding and the judge fined the man and suspended his driving license for two months.
2. The proportion of pure gold or silver in an alloy: There is a high fineness of gold in this ring.
2. Subtlety or tact in maneuvering; craftiness: Todd showed much shrewdness and finesse in dealing with the company executive.
The fineness of Leila's training was amply demonstrated by the finesse with which she managed the job interview after which she was offered a high-paying position in the law firm.
2. The final coating on a surface or the appearance produced by such a coating: The final finish on the table made it look like new!
Is it possible to have a Scandinavian ending or a Finish finish at the winter sports this year?
When the fir is covered with fluffy snow, it looks like it is wearing a coat of white fur.
2. The foremost woman of a specified profession or art: Ladonna has the reputation of being the first lady of theater and dance in England.
Ms. Brown was the first lady of the violin and often gave concerts hosted by the first lady of her government and attended by the First Lady, wife of the President of the United States.
Because of the fiscal restraints at this budget time, investment in programs for the physical well-being of people may not happen.