We all have heard that hilarious dialogue from an Amitabh Bachchan movie, where he says that English is a funny language.

Well, we do agree that English with its complexities becomes confusing at times, however it is a lovely language and we thought to take you through a journey of distinguishing a few homophones (similar sounding words with different meanings).

Come along, it would be fun:

1. Affect/Effect
Use affect to indicate influence or impact: The medicine did not affect her the way the doctor had hoped.
Use effect as a noun: The new medicine had negative side effects.

2. Than/Then
Use than for comparisons: Shalu is much taller than Malini.
Use then to indicate passage of time, or when (something that happens next): We went to the park in the morning, and then we left to pick up lunch.

3. Accept/Except
Use accept as a verb to mean receive: The school will accept new admissions till the end of month.
Use except to mean exclude: The school will accept new admissions till the end of month, except new admissions from North Eastern States

4. Weather/Whether
Use weather when referring to the state of the atmosphere: The constantly changing springtime weather is driving us crazy.
Use whether as a conjunction to introduce choices: Please tell us whether you would prefer Rice or Noodles for dinner.

5. There/Their
There can act as different parts of speech, depending on how it is used in a sentence. Most commonly, it is used as a pronoun or adverb.
There will be a lot to eat at the party tonight. (pronoun)
Put the book over there. (adverb)

Their is a pronoun.
The students put their coats in the closet.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post, do keep coming back for more such interesting posts.