Sunday, May 17, 2015

What Did You Mean/

Everyone speaks English.  English is the language of business.   Whether or not these expressions are accurate depends on where you are, what you’re doing.

But one thing is certain.  English isn’t an easy language.   Multiple words that sound the same have different spelling and different meanings.  These words puzzle native English speakers not just those for whom it is a second or third language. 

Did you mean to say something is permitted (allowed) or spoken out loud (aloud)?  Was it that you wished to say add to and improve (complement) or show admiration (compliment)?    

Click on this link to get a look at dozens and dozens of word pairs that won’t get corrected by spell check if you use one incorrectly.

Language – any language – can surprise or puzzle you.   That's certainly true for English.

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