Category: Vocabulary

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...

Allusion and Illusion | IELTS vocabulary

Don’t confuse allusion and illusion. An allusion is a reference or mention; an illusion is a false impression, something that seems to be something else, or something that seems to exist but doesn’t. Example:...

Allude and Refer | English Vocabulary

Although allude and refer are synonyms, their connotation and proper use are quite different. Allude means to mention indirectly or briefly in passing, to hint at. Examples He’s often alluded to his army experiences...

Allege and Assert | IELTS vocabulary

Allege does not mean the same as assert. Allege means to state or claim without proof or strong conviction, to put forward as an idea to be debated or analyzed. Thus an alleged criminal...

Raise And Rise | Commonly Confused Words

The verbs raise and rise are often confused. Raise is a transitive verb. That means it is followed by an object. Raise means to lift something or to grow something. All those who support...

Useful IELTS Vocabulary | Advantage

Advantage is a noun. Synonyms: benefit, help, blessing, profit, support, convenience, upper hand, superiority, dominance, initial supremacy An advantage is something that makes you more likely to succeed than others. Being able to speak...

Vocabulary exercise

Complete the following sentences using the appropriate form of the word given in the brackets. 1. The politician made a ………………….. denial of the charges leveled against him. (category) 2. Be ……………….. when swimming...