Saturday, 24 October 2015

Grammar 101

It's been really really long we did this. Apologies are in order my people, I'm not a run away lecturer, work has been overwhelming.

We are not through with cognates but in the next couple of weeks, we should be good to go. 

  • Kind of and sort of 
Avoid these expressions in the sense of somewhat, rather or a little. 
  • Knew and new 
Knew is the past tense of know while new means never used. 
  • Latter and later 
Later means afterwards while latter means the last of two things mentioned. 

  • Lay and lie 
Lay means to set or put down flat while lie means to rest or remain in a certain place. 
  • Lend, loan and borrow 
Lend means to temporarily give something to someone, a loan means something borrowed while to borrow is to receive something from someone temporarily. 
  • Lessen and lesson
Lessen means to decrease or make less while a lesson is something you learn. 
  • Lightening and lightning 
Lightening means to reduce the weight of while lightning refers to the electrical discharge in the sky. 
  • Loathe and loath 
Loathe means to detest or dislike greatly while loath means reluctant  unwilling. 

  • Loose and lose 
Loose is not tight, lose is to misplace and not be able to find. 

  • Liable and libel 
Liable means legally responsible for or subject to while libel means a slanderous statement that damages another person's reputation. 
  • Lead and led 
Lead can mean guide, be in charge of or a type of metallic element while led is the past tense of lead. 

  • Latent and patent 
Latent means present but not visible or active while patent means visible, active or obvious. 
Pick a number and use the cognates in sentences. 


  1. The accused is liable for a libel charge filed against him in Court