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here are 10 more confusing words!

So many of you reached out and said my last newsletter helped so much when it came to mixing up words. 

‘Thanks! Now I finally understand the difference! Do you have any more? I think I need all the help I can get!’ – Rob

Of COURSE I do, sweet Rob (and YOU, FIRST NAME!) 

Here they are:

1. Stationary/Stationery: ‘Stationary’ means not moving. The train remained stationary at the station, much to the frustration of the passengers. ‘Stationery’ is letter-writing materials. He sent her a letter on official government stationery. 

2. Who’s/ Whose: ‘Who’s’ is short for ‘Who is’ – ‘Who’s going’ to the concert tonight? And ‘whose’ refers to possession – Whose umbrella is this? 

3. Than/Then: ‘Than’ is used for comparisons. That car is more expensive than the other one we saw. ‘Then’ is used as a time indication. First we will have dinner, and then we will have some coffee. A fun way to remember this one is ‘then’ sounds like ‘the end’, which is also time-related!

4. Dessert/ Desert: ‘Dessert’ is something sweet at the end of the meal (remember this by thinking of Something Sweet – also double S :)). We had chocolate mousse for dessert. ‘Desert’ is where sand lives. I would cross the desert barefoot for a good gin and tonic. You can remember this one because ‘Sahara’ and ‘sand’ both have 1 S! 

5. Lose/Loose: To ‘lose’ is to misplace something or when something becomes less. He wanted to lose weight. ‘Loose’ is when something is not tight. His pants became loose when he lost the weight. I hope now you will loose some of your confusion when it comes to confusing words in English!

See you next week!

Liefs, 

Buffi

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