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        Hey,guys!!!

        Considering the fact that I was not born and raised in here and of course English is not my arterial language which to me has always been a challenge...harder than any other languages that I've learned and what makes more difficult is to spell the words correctly even the words I use in daily basis...some words are spelled tricky,some I can't even pronounce them right and definitely hard to memorize them...
        So I am going to post at least one word that I've found very difficult and tricky.
        I would also like ask my family members to help me to learn words that I might not have known or have learned incorrectly. Thanks in advance!!!

        I will start the first one.

        vengeance -I used to spell it as vengence until someone corrected me...


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        Bless you Nan.  Your English is perfect to me.  You write with such charm and feeling.

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        Wow, Wnanhee, I am truly impressed by your English skills then!  I've been on these boards for so long I can usually tell when English is not someone's primary language, but I would never have guessed from your postings that it's not.  Congrats on a hard language learned well!

        Ok, a couple of pet peeves of mine.  Easy words to learn & spell, but apparently too hard for many to learn to use correctly. 

        Lose & Loose

        Lose

        –verb (used with object)
        1. to come to be without (something in one's possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery.
        2. to fail to win (a prize, stake, etc.): to lose a bet.
        ....... plus about 20 million other examples.

        Loose

        –adjective
        1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
        2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.
        3. uncombined, as a chemical element.
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        Yes - I'll agree with you on that one LhasaLover.  Even the newspapers spell it wrong sometimes.

        Another one is

        rogue -

        A vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.
        A deliberately dishonest person; a knave; a cheat.
        One who is pleasantly mischievous or frolicsome; hence, often used as a term of endearment.
        A casino  (I added that one)

        rouge -

        red.
        A red amorphous powder consisting of ferric oxide. It is used in polishing glass, metal, or gems, and as a cosmetic, etc. Called also crocus, jeweler's rouge, etc.
        A cosmetic used for giving a red color to the cheeks or lips. The best is prepared from the dried flowers of the safflower, but it is often made from carmine.

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        Oh my...you both are just too good...

        Yes, to all those words...my, my, my...Lose & Loose and rogue & rouge were indeed one of the tricky words that made me confused...(busted!)
        Took me la while to learned the differences in spells and meanings. Now you know why I said some words are tricky.
        rouge-I don't think I ever used this word before until the movie, Moulin Rouge and started to use it...

        Thanks,LH...for being so generous and kind. I have always felt that you are one of the kind and so helpful and knowledgeable in many areas through great posts...you are a terrific and magnificent friend!

        Blue...as always, such a wise and an astounding woman that you are...
        No wonder why your son is so supreme, talented and charming...hmmm...let's see where he got that from...

        You both made me feel so humbled...thanks so much for the words...and for making me feel less embarrassed...you both are great teachers!!!
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        there / their / they're

        your / you're

        its / it's

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        My biggest pet peeve has already been mentioned: Lose/loose.

        I think more people misuse these words then those who get it right!

        Another pet peeve i have and i'm going a bit off topic is the pronunciation of the state i live in Illinois. Many many people who have been born and raised here will pronounce the "S" on the end when in fact it is silent!

        I have to admit my biggest blunder is writing hear/here and one/won. I know the difference but when i am posting or writing like a mad woman i go brain dead and get careless and have to go back in change it!

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        Yes, I have a pet peeve about spelling, and if I mess up in my post I HAVE to edit it. It would bother me if I didn't...

        Thanks Nan



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        ...and then their are those who mispell words hear just to get a rise out of people with word pet peeves and giggle as they loose there temper.  hehehe
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        LOL you are silly ish.


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        haha hehe...fun with alfabits
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        Nice post Wnanhee, and i too didn't know your first language wasn't english, you are doing very well..

        My two words.. and these have been my most difficult

        Affect
        af·fect (ə fekt′; for n. 2, af′ekt′)
        transitive verb
        to have an effect on; influence; produce a change in: bright light affects the eyes
        to move or stir the emotions of: his death affected us deeply

        Obsolete a disposition or tendency;
        an emotion or feeling attached to an idea, object, etc.
        in general, emotion or emotional response

        to like to have, use, wear, be in, etc.: she affects plaid coats
        to make a pretense of being, having, feeling, liking, etc.; feign: to affect indifference
        Archaic to aim at; seek
        af·fect 1 (ə-fĕktˈ)
        To have an influence on or effect a change in: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
        To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
        To attack or infect, as a disease: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.
        noun (ăfˈĕktˌ)
        Feeling or emotion, especially as manifested by facial expression or body language: “The soldiers seen on television had been carefully chosen for blandness of affect” (Norman Mailer).
        Obsolete A disposition, feeling, or tendency.
        af·fect 2 (ə-fĕktˈ)
        transitive verb affected af·fect·ed, affecting af·fect·ing, af·fects
        To put on a false show of; simulate: affected a British accent.
        a. To have or show a liking for: affects dramatic clothes.
        b. Archaic To fancy; love.
        To tend to by nature; tend to assume: a substance that affects crystalline form.
        To imitate; copy: “Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language” (Ben Jonson).

        Effect
        ef·fect (-fkt) n.
        1. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
        2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence: The drug had an immediate effect on the pain. The government's action had no effect on the trade imbalance.
        3. A scientific law, hypothesis, or phenomenon: the photovoltaic effect.
        4. Advantage; avail: used her words to great effect in influencing the jury.
        5. The condition of being in full force or execution: a new regulation that goes into effect tomorrow.
        6.
        a. Something that produces a specific impression or supports a general design or intention: The lighting effects emphasized the harsh atmosphere of the drama.
        b. A particular impression: large windows that gave an effect of spaciousness.
        c. Production of a desired impression: spent lavishly on dinner just for effect.
        7. The basic or general meaning; import: He said he was greatly worried, or words to that effect.
        8. effects Movable belongings; goods.
        tr.v. ef·fect·ed, ef·fect·ing, ef·fects
        1. To bring into existence.
        2. To produce as a result.
        3. To bring about. See Usage Note at affect1.
        Idiom:
        in effect
        In essence; to all purposes: testimony that in effect contradicted her earlier statement.


        Usage Note: Affect and effect have no senses in common. As a verb affect is most commonly used in the sense of “to influence” (how smoking affects health). Effect means “to bring about or execute”: layoffs designed to effect savings. Thus the sentence These measures may affect savings could imply that the measures may reduce savings that have already been realized, whereas These measures may effect savings implies that the measures will cause new savings to come about.


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        Usage Note: Affect and effect have no senses in common. As a verb affect is most commonly used in the sense of “to influence” (how smoking affects health). Effect means “to bring about or execute”: layoffs designed to effect savings. Thus the sentence These measures may affect savings could imply that the measures may reduce savings that have already been realized, whereas These measures may effect savings implies that the measures will cause new savings to come about.





        I agree..affect and effect are most confusing for me too.  I understood affect as the verb and effect as the noun.  So, with the above example...I would've written 'layoffs designed to affect savings.' X WRONG! X..no more lifelines for me and I'd be outta the game.  I dont even know what the hell a transitive verb is.

        And to complicate things further...Affect, in science/ medicine, is a noun...meaning emotion/ mood.  Persons with 'blunted affect' or 'flat affect' have little to no emotional response/ reactivity.


        English is way confusing...
        If something is horrible, its horrific.
        But if something is terrible, is it terrific?
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        Recognize a transitive verb when you see one.

        A transitive verb has two characteristics. First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity like kick, want, paint, write, eat, clean, etc. Second, it must have a direct object, something or someone who receives the action of the verb.

        Here are some examples of transitive verbs:

        Sylvia kicked Juan under the table.

        Kicked = transitive verb; Juan = direct object.


        Just for you ish


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        If something is horrible, its horrific.
        But if something is terrible, is it terrific?


        Sometimes it can be, like when someone buys you something hideous for a gift, you can say...

        "Thanks, it's terrific!"

        LMAO



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