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.
Along the shore Jodie could see a lot of flotsam from ship wrecks; however, here and there was some jetsam from a ship which she took to the museum.
The professor reminded his students that the phrase "flotsam and jetsam" is often used to refer to the accumulation of bits and pieces of junk along the shore that come from ships.
The shipwrecked sailor appeared to flounder in the water as he attempted to flounder to the shore. Several years later, James became the founder of the school system on the island.
Flowers have more scents than people.
Can you believe that there is such a thing as flower flour or what is also known as "ground-grain blossoms"?
Getting lost when driving always seems to frustrate Jill very much. In fact, it tends to fluster her so much that she has to take a break for a coffee.
Can a mare be foaling a foal while she still has a foal with her and so have two, or more, foals or doesn't she have to wait until the previously foaled foal has reached a certain age before she foals another foal?
2. Concerning something which is not clear or is confusing: Frank's memory is a bit foggy because he doesn't remember where he put his car keys!
The old fogy seemed to be very foggy about the activities being planned in the afternoon; however, all the plans were cancelled because the weather became very foggy and no one could drive safely.
The foundling girl was so sweet and patient; she did not seem to mind the other children fondling its locks of hair.
2. Used to indicate the thing that something is meant to be used with: The food here is for Mildred's birthday party.
3. In order to help or serve someone or something: Jim offered to carry the heavy box for Lily.
2. An indication of the time of day following three o'clock: Art comes back every afternoon from work at four from Monday to Friday.
When the two couples go out to eat, they often request a table for four in the fore part of the restaurant.
Tradition says that eating one's potatoes should forego eating a dessert; however, Albert thinks he will forgo tradition and enjoy his chocolate pudding right now before eating the potatoes.
Jose is forever asking silly questions about the meanings of words.
Justine's father promised her that he would love her for ever.
In the United States, the term forever is normally the preferred spelling; while in other English-speaking areas, it is acceptable to use the separated words of for ever; so, essentially, either one can be used to express the same meanings; however, one dictionary (Collins English Dictionary) states that: forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is "without end". For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form.
Eric had a new friendship with someone in the United States who promised to love him forever; however, because he lived in Canada, he promised to love her for ever.
Ursula is moving forward with the work on her book; in fact, she just completed the foreword in which she explained her interest in how people can get a better education.
2. A bodily shape: Some people strive to develop a form of the body which has appeal for another person or other people; such as, a shapely form has a special appeal for modeling, acting in movies, on TV, etc.
The statistical researcher's job was to give form to the ideas of the committee and so Tami was going to create a form to send to the group's colleagues.
2. Concerning following or being in accord with accepted forms, codes of conduct, or regulations: Lenora dressed quite formally which was required for the international convention.
Formerly the ritual of installing a new president at the university was a very informal affair; however, now that the president is installed formally, everyone is dressing formally for the occasion.
2. Something that a person is particularly good at: She said that cooking was not really her forte.
Bret studied military history and his forte was in analysing the foundations of the old fort in the city.
2. Out into notice or view: There was a flow of lava bursting forth from the earth.
The snow is gone and the flowers are ready to spring forth.
2. The number of something greater than three and less than five: David will be flying in on the fourth of the following month.
The ball player got a base hit in the fourth inning.
Nettie was fourth in line when her name was called forth for her to pick up her registration package for summer school.