Difference between “Above” and “Over”

Both "over" and "above" mean 'higher than' and in many cases are interchangeable. But there are some differences between them.

Arrive in or Arrive at?

It is not always clear whether to say "arrive in" or "arrive at" although it is not too complicated. Here is the explanation

Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour

Words "taste" and "flavour" are not interchangeable, as many may think, and we use them differently. The word TASTE refers to flavours we can feel with our senses: salty, sour, sweet or bitter. The word FLAVOUR refers to the quality of something which affects the sense of taste. Taste and flavour are both verbs and … Continue reading Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour

Borrow vs Lend

“Borrow” and “lend” often confuse English students. Even some native speakers make mistakes with these 2 words! Both words describe the action of somebody temporarily giving something to somebody else.

Farther vs Further

Farther and Further are mostly interchangeable, but there is a major difference between them.

GET vs TAKE

English learners sometimes get confused about the usage of these two verbs because it's not always easy to decide which one to use. Therefore, we need to be very careful when we use them. We can say that take means to hold or pick something, while get has meanings: obtain, reach, arrive. Besides, both verbs … Continue reading GET vs TAKE

Across vs Over vs Through

ACROSS  and OVER are both prepositions and adverbs. They are in most cases interchangeable. Look at these sentences: They had to go across the river to get to their house. We walked over the bridge in the misty morning. However, when the meaning is ‘from side to side’, ACROSS is preferred: I ran across the … Continue reading Across vs Over vs Through

Any Longer vs Any More vs No Longer

Any longer and any more (or anymore) are synonyms. Unlike any longer and any more, no longer is used in positive sentences because it makes the sentence negative.

Especially and Specially

 Especially and specially are adverbs. Especially means more than usual, most of all, in particular. Judith likes chocolate, especially the dark one. I like tea, especially green tea. He’s usually tired in the evening, but he was especially tired this evening. Specially is used to talk about particular purpose or way of something. This dress … Continue reading Especially and Specially

Mistaken Words Like and As

There is a lot of confusion about these two words because they are similar in meaning. Here are some important differences between them:

Bring or Take?

The verbs bring and take are often mistaken because they both describe the movement from one location to another. The main difference is that bring describes movement toward someone or something: I’ll bring some tea. Pam brought a friend to the party. We should bring a camera to the picnic with us. On the other … Continue reading Bring or Take?

Good & Well

The main difference between good and well is good is an adjective and well is an adverb. Things become confusing after linking verbs; we use good after linking verbs such as be, taste, sound, smell, look, seem and feel if we want to describe the subject, not the action of the verb