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What is the difference between "clue" and "cue"?

വെബ് ഡെസ്‌ക്‌Updated: Monday Jan 1, 2018

 Very often, in speech and writing we use words incorrectly without understanding their meaning. For example, what is the difference between 'clue' and 'cue'? 'Clue' is 'a sign or evidence which reveals information on something'. 'Cue' is 'a sign or signal for when something should occur'.

 

Do you confuse the words 'discover' and 'invent'? Use discover of something which existed without man's knowledge. Example: Scientists discovered a new planet. Use invent of something which did not exist until man created it. Example:  The computer was invented by Charles Babbage. What is the difference between 'lend' and 'borrow'? Lend means 'give something to someone for a short time, expecting that you will get it back'. Borrow means 'get something from someone, intending to give it back after a short time'.

 

What is the difference between 'surname' and 'family name? 'Surname' means 'a hereditary name common to all members of a family'.  For example, "da Vinci" was Leonardo's surname.  'Family name' means 'a given name frequently used in a family'. An example of family name is "Obama" to Barack's family.

 

The words 'adapt' and 'adept' can be easily confused.  Adept is an adjective that means 'good at doing something difficult'. Adapt is a verb that means 'to change for a new situation or purpose'.  What about 'lose' and 'loose'? 'Lose' is a verb that means 'to fail to win, to misplace, or to free oneself from something or someone'. 'Loose' is an adjective that means "not tight".

 

A lot of people get compliment and complement confused. A 'compliment' is a kind of flattering remark. If a friend says he likes your new shoes, he is complimenting you. If two things 'complement' each other, it means they go well together; they make each other appear better. Example: My business partner and I really complement each other. We make a good team. Do you confuse the words Counsel and council? A 'council' is a committee elected to lead or govern. 'Counsel' is advice. What are the differences between advise and advice? 'Advise' is a verb meaning "to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following". 'Advice' is a noun meaning "an opinion offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc".

 

What is the difference between 'immigrate' and 'emigrate'? To immigrate is to settle in a new coutnry or region. To emigrate is to leave a native coutnry to settle elsewhere.

 

In each of the following, find out which part of the sentence has an error

 

1. I will spend (a)/my remaining life (b)/in the village(c)/No error (d).

 

2. Some artists have taken a clue (a)/from our epics and mythology (b)/and created works which please(c)/with their acute colour sense and skilful handling (d).

 

3. The television (a)/was discovered (b)/by John Baird(c)/No error (d).

 

4. Can I lend (a)/your pencil (b)/for a minute, please? (c)/No error (d)

 

5. He is known in the office (a)/only by his first name (b)/and no one knows(c)/his family name (d)

 

6. The politician (a)/ is very adapt at (b)/dodging awkward questions(c)/No error (d).

 

7. She will loose (a)/ even more weight (b)/after finishing the(c)/marathont raining (d)

 

8. Grandmother's ancetsral home (a)/is further than (b)/what we expected(c) No error (d)

 

9.In the landscape painting,(a)/the colours blue and green(b)/compliment each other(c)/perfectly(d)

 

10. I should have (a)/listened to my (b)/father's council(c)/and saved some money (d)

 

11) My great-grandparents (a)/immigrated from (b)/Karnataka in 1700s.(c)/No error (d).

 

12) The intelligence agencies (a)/adopt various methods (b)/to illicit information(c)/No error (d).

 

13)  I'm tired, so I'm (a)/going to sleep late in the morning.(b)/Beside, tomorrow(c)/ is a holiday(d)

 

14) You should have (a) listened to your (b)/father's advise(c)/No error (d)

 

15) Many medicines (a)/ have their affects (b)/ besides the intended use(c)/No error (d)

 

  Answers: 1) (b) Replace 'my remaining life' with 'the rest of my life'.

 

2) (a) Replace 'clue' with 'cue'.

 

3) (b) Replaced 'discovered' with 'invented'.

 

4) (a) Replace 'lend' with 'borrow'.

 

5) (d) Replace 'family name' with 'surname'.

 

6) (b) Replace 'adapt' with 'adept'

 

7) (a) Replace 'loose' with 'lose'

 

8) (b) Replace 'further' with 'farther'.

 

9) (c) Replace 'compliment' with 'complement'

 

10) (c) Replace 'council' with 'counsel'

 

11) (b) Replace 'immigrated' with 'emigrated'.

 

12) (c) Replace 'illicit' with 'elicit'.

 

13) (c) Replace 'beside' with 'besides'

 

14) (c) Replace 'advise' with 'advice'

 

15) (b) Replace 'affects' with 'effects'

 

 The words elicit and illicit can be easily confused. 'Elicit' is a verb that means 'evoke or draw out a response from someone'.  'Illicit' is an adjective that means 'forbidden by law or custom'.  

 

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