Let’s take a look at some more easily and often confused words…
Hear or Listen?
“To hear” means to experience sound. For example: I hear the rooster crowing every day.
“To listen” means to employ the power to hear. For example: Listen to the water dripping off the roof.
The verb “to hear” means to be aware of sound through the ears. For example: I heard a the man walk down the street; My grandma can’t hear much anymore.
The verb “to listen” means to purposely apply the ability to hear or to pay attention to a sound. “To listen” is usually followed by “to” or “for.” For example: Listen to the girl sing; The cat listens for the mouse; Do you listen to online lectures?
Many or Much?
Use “many” with a plural noun.
For example: Do you have many pencils? (“Pencils” is a plural noun.)
Use “much” with a singular noun.
For example: Do you have much money? (“Money” is a singular noun.)
The words “much” and “many” are most often used in questions or negative statements.
- Will you need much help?(Question)
- You will not need much sleep.(Negative statement)
- How many sheep are there?(Question)
- You do not have many sharp knives.(Negative statement)
For positive statements, the words “much” and “many” are mostly used with terms like “as,” “so,” and “too.”
- You have as many pens as me.
- You have so many cats.
- I have too CDs to catalog.
- I have so much money.
Advise or Advice?
-Advise is a verb which means “to give advice” or “to notify.”
- Please advise me.
- I need you to advise me. (Please give me advice. I need your advice).
- I advised him I was leaving (I notified him I was leaving).
-Advice is a noun which means “help” or “a recommendation for a useful way to do things.”
It would be good to give her some advice. He needs her advice.
They are pronounced differently too…
Advise sounds like “size”.
Advice sounds like “dice”.
I hope some of these guides are useful for you, everyone stay safe and have a good February!
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