The English language is one of the hardest languages to learn. This fact is true, in the general census, practically anywhere in America that you go. Of all of the trouble spots that I know of, the hardest area to learn is in the proper use of many words that sound the same but are not the same, even though for some the fact is that they are spelled the same way as each other, but mean opposite or different things. These words are called synonyms. There are also certain two part statements with which the concept of them is hard for some people to grasp.
For the most part, once you learn whatever the part is that’s hard for you, then the English language isn’t so bad. There are some two part statements, that when the first part is done, then the second part also has to be done for the statements to be true. Below, I will give you the two that I know. As I remember different things about the English language, I will update this blog, so all of them will be together, as best as I can do it.
The two statements are: If …., then……. ; and: Not only …. but also ….
Now to give you examples of them. first the If…..then statement. If the oven is at 30, then put the cake in the oven.
The other one is: Not only …., but also ....: Not only does the cake have to bake, but it also needs to be frosted when it cools down.
buy – to purchase – You may buy this item for $19.95
by – shows an author, or a craftsman; The book is by Emily post. The furniture was handmade by Frank Happ.
bye – what is said to end a conversation, a visit, or a phone call. Bye, I have to go, it’s late.
capital – money used to secure a purchase, such as for a business. My capital is 1.5 M.
capitol – the main government of a state or a whole country. Frankfort is the capitol of KY.
favor – doing something for someone else when asked. Will you do me a favor?
favorite – an object or place that is liked the best. Disney is my favorite vacation place.
hear – when your ears vibrate with noise. I hear them calling for me.
hears – when you are talking about someone else hearing. He hears a strange sound.
here – a place to be. You need to come here when you’re done.
here’s – present tense of where something is. Here’s where the party is.
hem – a sewed area in a garment. Your hem is coming out of your skirt.
him – a male person. I see him coming.
hymn – a religious song. We will now sing a hymn.
led – past tense of lead. He led them down the stairs safely.
lead – verb meaning to go ahead of. You lead the group on the hike.
lead – a type of metal.That pipe is lead.
personal – having to do with one’s own things. That’s my personal valet.
personnel – the employees of a business. I have a great personnel group.
principal – person in charge of a school. The principal at my school is nice.
principle – a fundamental truth that serves as the foundation for a belief or behavior. It was upsetting when he went against the principle of it.
read – future tense of the word. It is your turn to read out loud to the class.
read – past tense of the word. I read out loud yesterday in another class.
red – a color of an object.The rug is red.
secretary -the person that handles communications and meetings in a business. The secretary is very efficient.
secretary – a piece of furniture with shelves, usually behind glass, a writing area and drawers to store supplies in. – That secretary is a turn of the century antique.
see – to have sight. I see the ship sailing in to port.
sea – a body of water. I have been to the red sea once on vacation.
tears – droplets coming from the eyes when upset or hurt. She cried a bucket of tears.
tears – rips in material. Her coat sure did get a lot of tears in it from the accident.
than – used when comparing two or more items. This bed is firmer than that bed.
then – some period in the future. After you make your bed, then you can go play.
their – belonging to. This is their basketball.
there – a place. She went over there.
they’re – plural meaning they are.They’re meeting for lunch at McDonald’s.
to – go toward. Go to the store.
too – means also. I went with them too.
two – a number. I have two cars.
yore – a time long ago. These are writings of yore.
your – possessive. That is your desk.
you’re – it means you are.You’re the one that’s going to the store.
who’s – it means who is. Who’s going to the movie?
whose – possessive. She’s the one whose costume is being worn.