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Edustation's blog > Commonly Confused Adjectives

Commonly Confused Adjectives

Added by Tomasz H. 28 July 2014 in category: English, Learning tips, Lexicon

Each vs Every

Use each with individual or separate items -> The apples are 5$ each.

Use every when describing the frequency of actions or things in a group -> John goes to the park every weekend, Every apple in the basket is red.

Few vs A few

Few represents a ngative quantity or shortage -> Few students passed the exam.

A few represents a positive quantity (but can be used only with countable nouns) -> Only a few books were damaged in the fire.

Little vs A little

Little expresses a diminutive size or a negative quantity -> There is little water in Africa.

A little represents positive quantity -> We need only a little butter to make the muffins.

Many vs Much

Many is used with countable nouns -> Mark doesn't have many friends.

Much is used with uncountable nouns -> John doesn't have much money.

High vs Tall

High is used to descirbe an object's position from the ground -> These mountains are high.

Tall measures the size or height of vertical items -> The Eiffel Tower is very tall.

Sick vs Ill

Being sick can refer to actually throwing up or vomiting, but it can also be used for being generally unwell -> John felt sick after roller coaster ride.

Ill is more common and general term for when you're unwell -> I fell ill after the weekend.

Less vs Fewer

Less is compatible with uncountable nouns -> Less pollution is better for cities.

Fewer is used with countable nouns -> If pepole threw out fewer bottles, the cities would be cleaner.

Farther vs Further

Farther is used for distance -> How much farther is the supermarket?

Further implies a metaphorical advancement -> Further topics we'll discuss next week.

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