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What is the difference: Possibility, Choice, and Option?

Many students confuse these three nouns: “possibility,” “choice,” and “option.” How do they differ?   If we say that something is a possibility, that means it is something that could be true. It is something that could happen. It is thinkable. It’s cloudy today. Rain is a possibility. Will it rain? Maybe. Maybe not. Josie […]

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Not the Same: Mistaken Homophones Part Two

Correct pronunciation can often mean the difference between getting what you want and not. Recently, I posted about how the words “hobby” and “happy” confuse many students because of the way an error in pronunciation of the /p/can make them sound similar. Here is another seasonal example. In summer, many people go camping or go to the […]

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What’s the Difference Between Can and Will?

Can/can’t indicate ability while will/won’t indicate willingness. What’s the difference between ability and willingness? Ability means you have the skills. Willingness means you want to.  Look at these examples and see if you can get a feel for the difference:  This woman can help you. She has the information that you need. Unfortunately, she’s in a bad […]

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What’s the Difference Between Last as a Verb and Last as an Adverb or Adjective?

Last is a tricky word for students of English because it has many meanings and functions. When we use last as a verb, we mean continue.  My class lasts one hour. My airplane flight lasted twelve hours. The exam will last four hours. Last is a regular -ed verb. Last can also be used as an […]

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