Saturday, 25 April 2015


Hiya lovelies?? I'm so sorry I've been off and on here, I've been extra busy with stuffs here and it's not been easy juggling two things at a time hence my silence.

Today we'll be considering English words that are commonly confused otherwise known as false cognates.

These words are often confused because they sound or are written so similarly.

  • A while and awhile: A while is two words meaning "a short period of time"  while awhile doesn't exist in English language. 
  • Advice and advise: Advice is a noun meaning "an opinion given with the intention of helping"  while advise is a verb meaning "to give counsel or advice". 
  • Affect and effect: Affect is a verb meaning "to influence"  while effect means "to cause". 
  • Aid and aide: Aid is "help or assistance given"  while aide "is a person who helps". 
  • All right and alright: All right is a phrase meaning "everything is right"  while alright is a single word meaning ok.
  • All together and altogether: All together is applied to people or things that are being treated as a whole while altogether is an adverb that means "completely or totally". 
  • All ways and always: All ways means "by every means or method"  while always means "forever". 
  • Already and all ready: Already is an adverb that indicates an action that is completed by a certain time while all ready means "everything is completely prepared". 
  • Among and between: Among is used for three or more while between is used for two things. 
  • Amount and number: Amount is used with uncountable and abstract nouns while number is used with countable and concrete plural expressions. 
........ And that's it for today's lesson. Thanks to this source for additional information. 


  1. Thanks ever so much for posting this - you know know much I love grammar

    1. And I promise not to let you down nne

  2. **waves** Hey mamacita! You are really good at this you know...

    1. Hallo darling. I'm just trying to be the best you know *winks*

  3. Thanks for this Amaka, i learned something new.

  4. Hian!! Nawa oh! Even i still dunno what "cognate" means.. You know yeah, this is very enlightening oh.. But as our Lecturer Koko.. Sheybe we can ask kweshion ni?! Oya Leggooo... Mbok i dont quite understand what the difference between Advice and Advise is oH! According to your Onyibo definition to Sure... in the above I mean (hehehehe lemme join and speak Big Big English to show i learnt someRRin :) ) their definitions kinda look similar.. Also same with Altogether and All together...

    I have to candidly say (See me blowing Onyibo oh.. Oossssshhheeey turn uP! Amaka koko, your Teaching is working oh!) ... that I am just learning that Among and Between one for the very first time, and i must say that that is rather interesting.. Nice one Amaka toh Sure.. this was quite an interesting read.. and the crowd goes.. Yyyyeeaaaahhh mehn! Lecturer toh Sharp Baje Baje.. **Shines teeth..

    1. ...And that is how we still miss you... **deep sigh...

    2. You have a way of making me smile with your comments bubba..
      I can't wait to be in Lagos because of you though. X

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.. Appreciate

  6. i've missed this girl mehn!!!!!