Confusing words! Woorden die hetzelfde klinken maar iets anders betekenen.
Er zijn ook heel veel bestaande woorden Engelse woorden die op elkaar lijken. Confusing words dus! Engelse woorden die hetzelfde klinken maar iets anders betekenen.
We hebben het hierover homofonen. Dit is de betekenis volgens Wikipedia.
‘Homofoon is de benaming voor twee of meer woorden, zinsdelen of hele zinnen in een taal die zijn opgebouwd uit dezelfde klanken, maar verschillende betekenissen hebben. Uit de context moet de juiste betekenis worden afgeleid’.
Het zijn woorden die op het eerste gezicht/gehoor veel op elkaar lijken maar een totaal verschillende betekenis hebben.
Below are some confusing words, which even native speakers get wrong.
You need a password to access the website.
You have to pay more for excess luggage.
There is a new chef at the restaurant.
The chief reason I am leaving is because….
A chef is not another word for boss.
Why is your company changing its name.
It’s going to rain.
The principal reason I want to do this is because…
This is a point of principle.
It is easy to take a picture of something that is stationary.
Do they sell stationery at the shop across the street?
The economic situation is not very good at the moment.
My car is very economical.
Their house is very big.
Could you put the book over there.
That is a very useful technique to measure….
I’m very interested in technology.
A red scarf would complement your black dress.
I would like to compliment you on your good work.
This device is very useful.
We need to devise a plan for….
We went all together to the party yesterday.
Altogether, our sales gained 4.2 % to € 2.3 million.
The teacher read aloud from her book.
Smoking is not allowed here.
Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?
We will need more personnel in the future.
I would like to accept the invitation.
Everyone is welcome except John.
The aisle in the church is very narrow.
The isle…..is very nice.
We walked along the road.
We had a long walk.
There is an altar in the church.
Could you alter the size of my jacket?
It was a very balmy evening.
That man is totally barmy.
Canvas is a very strong cloth.
The politician went for a house-to-house canvass to get peoples vote fore the election.
We had a berth on the ship.
The birth of her daughter was….
Could you pour me a drink.
The pores of my skin are open.
You will have to pedal hard to get up the hill.
A lot of people peddle goods at the market.
The desert is very dry.
What are we having for dessert this evening?
Nog meer confusing words:
There are a lot of currants in this cake.
What is the current situation?
The cloth is very coarse.
What course are you following at the moment?
The brakes of the car need to be repaired.
If you are not careful, you will break the glass.
There is a draught because the door is open.
Could you make a draft and we can always make changes to the document later if necessary.
The book seems interesting. I have read the foreword.
We will have to move forward before it gets dark.
I will have to put new poles in the garden.
The poll for the election is very important because…
We are going to swim in the pool.
He double-checked the doors to ensure they were locked before leaving on holiday.
I will insure my home with an additional glass policy.
The old men’s sight is very bad.
There are a lot of trucks at this site.
Deze Engelse woorden moet je kennen. Ze worden vaak door elkaar gehaald omdat ze zoveel op elkaar lijken.
Op deze Engelse site vind je nog meer voorbeelden van homofonen.
A lot of people don’t have sight due to …..
I have bought a site to build a house.
I would like to buy a book.
The book is by the phone.
Goodbye. I will see you tomorrow.
There are a lot of deer is the forest.
Mr Brown died last week.
She dyed her hair blond.
The bird flew away.
She is in bed with the flu.
The chimney flue needs to be changed.
Flour is needed to make a cake.
How many types of flowers do you grow in your garden?
I put the box on a higher shelf.
We will need to hire a car.
There is a hole in the box.
On the whole I’m happy with the situation.
The weather is good today.
Whether I go or not depends on the weather
We were at the beach yesterday.
We’re here now.
Which one would you like?
There are many books about witches.
The company was taken over by…
Be careful when you overtake on the motorway.
Sometimes it is hard to keep up with everyday life.
If you ate a bowl of muesli for breakfast each day this week, you had muesli every day.
Let’s buy the house, and then we’ll celebrate.
No one could have been nicer than Mandy in this situation.
They’re and their
They’re going to the cinema tomorrow.
The trees are losing their leaves in autumn.
Misschien ook leuk om te lezen:
- Een taal ontwikkelt zich altijd; ken je deze nieuwe woorden in het Engels al?
- Lees ook: 237 Engelse woorden met hun tegenstellingen
- Deze woorden heb je geleerd maar hoe zat het ook alweer.
Engelse woorden die op elkaar lijken maar vaak verkeerd worden gebruikt.
Overleven in het zakelijk Engels?
Ons E-book de Business English Survival Guide gaat je redden.