Самые популярные английские слова, которые постоянно путают

Знаете ли вы все тонкости языка, который изучаете? Как и в русском языке, в английском есть ряд слов-предателей, которые звучат очень похоже, но при этом пишутся по-разному и имеют разные значения. В этой статье мы составили для вас целый список самых популярных "commonly confused words", чтобы вы запомнили их навсегда и больше никогда не путались.


desert (пустыня) VS dessert (десерт)

The desert stretched for endless miles on all sides of us.

The waiter asked us if we’d like to order a dessert.


accept (принять, смириться) VS except (кроме)

He asked me to marry him and I accepted.

We work every day except Sunday.


principal (главный, основной) VS principle (принцип)

The principal reason for this omission is the lack of time.

Eating meat was against her principles.


lose (терять) VS loose (свободный, незакрепленный)

She lost her husband in the crowd.

Check that the plug has not come loose.


beside (рядом) VS besides (кроме, помимо)

He sat beside her all night.

We have lots of things in common besides music.


ensure (гарантировать) VS insure (страховать)

The victory ensured them a place in the final.

The painting is insured for $1 million.


diary (дневник) VS dairy (молочный)

I'll make a note of our next meeting in my diary.

The doctor told me to eat less red meat and dairy.


allusion (намек, ссылка) VS illusion (иллюзия)

Her poetry is full of obscure literary allusion.

The new president has no illusions about the difficulties facing his country.


affect (влиять, воздействовать) VS effect (эффект)

Your opinion will not affect my decision.

Giving up smoking had a magical effect on his stamina.


● quite (довольно, вполне) VS quiet (тихий)

Are you quite sure about that?

Could you keep the kids quiet while I'm on the phone?


● alone (одинокий, один) VS along (вдоль)

I don't like going out alone at night.

Houses had been built along both sides of the river.


cereal (зерновой, хлопья, каша) VS serial (серийный, последовательный)

I will have cereal for breakfast.

Police say that they have no proof that a serial killer is responsible for the four murders.


stationary (стационарный, неподвижный) VS stationery (канцтовары)

Some of the larger birds can remain stationary in the air for several minutes.

The Government also provided accommodation, furniture, stationery, and sports equipment.


conscience (совесть) VS conscious (сознательный)

He felt his conscience telling him to apologize.

A patient who is not fully conscious should never be left alone.


● storey (этаж, ярус) VS story (история, рассказ)

I live on the top story.

I can't decide until I've heard both sides of the story.


envelop (обволакивать) VS envelope (конверт)

Clouds enveloped the mountain tops.

He quickly stuffed the money back into the envelope.


current (текущий) VS currant (смородина)

Our current financial situation is not good.

Red currant will probably perfectly "sound" in this dessert.


personal (личный, персональный) VS personnel (персонал)

The novel is written from personal experience.

Only authorized personnel have access to the computer system.


device (устройство, прибор) VS devise (разрабатывать, изобретать)

This device enables deaf people to communicate by typing messages instead of speaking.

A new system has been devised to control traffic in the city.


coarse (грубый) VS course (курс)

His manners are very coarse.

They set a course for the islands.

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