Top 10 Most Confusing Words for Advanced English Learners

Hi. I’m Rebecca from engVid. There are really only two ways to improve
your English: Go forward and learn what’s right, and go back and
correct what’s wrong. In this lesson we’re going
to do a little bit of both. We’re going to look at 10 confusing words
and see if you know the difference. Sometimes it’s a different word form, sometimes
it’s actually a different verb altogether, or a different word. So, let’s look at these. They are confused very often, so stick with
me and you’ll understand the difference. Let’s get started. The first one: “How
can I succeed?” or “How can I success?” So obviously the pair we’re talking
about here is “succeed” and “success”. So, what is correct
in number one? “How can I succeed?” or
“How can I success?” The answer is: “succeed”. Okay? All right. Number two: “How can I achieve succeed?” or
“How can I achieve success?” What’s the right answer? Do you know? I hope so. It is: “How can I
achieve success?” All right? So, what happened here? Well, “succeed” is the verb. All right? And “success” is the noun. That’s a really
important difference. Thousands and thousands of students, probably
millions make a mistake with these two words. So make sure you are
not one of those. All right? Let’s go on. Number three: “Smoking affected her health.” or “Smoking effected
her health.” All right? I hope you can hear the difference in
pronunciation and also in spelling. So, what’s the
correct answer here? “Smoking affected her health.”
or “…effected her health.”? It should be: “Smoking affected her health.” Very good. And number four: “Smoking had a bad
affect on her.” or “Smoking had a bad
effect on her.”? What’s the difference? Well, it should be: “Smoking had a bad
effect on her.” So the two words we were looking at
here were “affect” and “effect”. And which one is the verb? “Affect” is the verb and
“effect” is a noun. All right? Good. Number five: “Could you give me some advise?” or
“Could you give me some advice?” What’s the correct word there? “Could you give me some advice?” Okay? Good. And number six: “Could you advise
me?” or “Could you advice me?” Which is correct? It should be: “Could
you advise me?” Two words here:
“advise” and “advice”. “Advise” is the verb, and
“advice” is the noun. Now, also, “advice” is a non-count
noun, so we cannot say: “advices”. All right? Sometimes people say: “advice”,
but then they make it “advices”. That’s not correct. You can’t say that. So, “advise” which is spelt with
an “s” but sounds like a “z”, and “advice” which is the noun. Now, don’t worry. If you got any of these wrong we have actually
detailed lessons on each of these points which I will refer you to afterwards. Okay? Stick with me. Number seven: “We will choice the new
Prime Minister (PM).” or “We will choose the
new Prime Minister.”? What do you think it should be? “We will choose the new Prime Minister.” Okay? Good. “He was our first choice.” or “He was our first choose.” Which one is it? Can you tell? “He was our first choice.” Okay? So, here again, “choose” is the
verb and “choice” is the noun. Okay? We made a choice,
but we chose him. “Choose” in the past
becomes “chose”. All right? “Choose”, “chose”, “choice”, you have to work with
them-all right?-to really master those words. And the last one: “They
emigrated to Canada.” or “They immigrated to Canada.”? Which one is it? This one is confused a lot, and actually one
of our other engVid teachers, Emma, has done a great one on this one. So if you’re confused, I’m going to tell
you where you can find her lesson, too. So: “They emigrated to Canada.” or “They immigrated to Canada.”? Well, it should be: “They
immigrated to Canada.” Okay? And number 10: “They
emigrated from Mexico.” or “They immigrated
from Mexico.”? Okay? This time you have both verbs. Right? So if that was “immigrated”, this
one is actually “emigrated”. “They emigrated from Mexico.” Now, here, it’s not a question. They’re both verbs. Okay? “Emigrate” is a verb and “immigrate”
is a verb, but what’s the difference? You see that you immigrate to a place,
but you emigrate from somewhere else. All right? Now, if you got any of these wrong, don’t
worry, it’s actually quite common to make mistakes with these words. But there are some steps you
can take to fix this problem. First you’ve taken the right
step by watching this lesson. Now you can go to our website,,
do a quiz on this just to reinforce that. Also, check our lesson description because
you’re going to have links to detailed lessons on each of these points. So if you didn’t get it here… This was like a review, but if you need a
detailed explanation, you can watch one of the videos-okay?-on that topic. And, of course, don’t forget to subscribe
to my channel because I keep pointing out all kinds of things to you that will
make a big difference in your English. Thanks very much for watching. Bye for now and good
luck with your English.

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