Category: Vocabulary

Atheist And Agnostic | IELTS Vocabulary

An Atheist believes there is no god while an agnostic believes human beings can never know whether there is god or not. Although his parents were highly religious people, he remained an agnostic for...

Anxious Or Eager | IELTS vocabulary

Basically, anxious means distressed, worried. Examples: Father’s illness gave us some anxious moments. I am anxious about my future. They are anxious about their safety. She was anxious about her friend’s illness. Although generally...

Anecdote and Antidote

Be sure to spell and pronounce anecdote (an-ek-dote) properly. Don’t confuse it with antidote ( anti-dote). An anecdote is a short narrative, often humorous. Public speakers often begin their talk with humorous anecdotes. Throughout...

Amount and Number

Amount and number confuse some people. Use amount when referring to quantities that can’t be counted. Examples are: a large amount of snow, a small amount of money. What is the amount of my...

Amiable and Amicable

The words amiable and amicable are often confused. Amiable is usually used to describe persons and amicable is used to describe actions, gestures, etc. Examples: The next door neighbors are amiable persons. Amiable neighbors...

Amend and Emend

Although amend and emend overlap in meaning, there is a distinct difference to maintain. To amend is to change something in order to improve it. He amended the speech by making some additions and...

Alumnus, Alumna, Alumni

The words alumnus, alumna and alumni are often confused. A male graduate is an alumnUS, a female graduate is an alumnA. Alumni is the plural of alumnus and means male graduates or a mixture...

Altogether and All together

Altogether is one word, meaning completely, absolutely. The actor gave an altogether magnificent performance. The bill came to $67 altogether. Altogether, I am glad we are moving. All together, two words, means all at...

Alternative and Choice

An alternative is a serious choice which must be made-there is no getting out of it. Choice implies more freedom, including no choice at all. For dessert you have a choice of ice cream...

Alter and Altar | IELTS vocabulary

Some students tend to confuse alter and altar. An altar is a platform or raised area for the performance of religious rites, as in a church; whereas to alter is to change. Example: The...