IELTS Vocabulary

Homophones in English language can make you go crazy.

You really need to have a good vocabulary if you want to score higher in your IELTS.

There are millions of words but still if you have mastery over 5000+ words then it can be easy for you to read and comprehend, listen to and understand the English language perfectly well.

Homophones as a part of the vocabulary

Homophones are the words which may have the same sound but they may have different spellings. Most of the test takers commit mistakes that are hilarious. They hear something and they write something else.

Listed down are some of the common words that have almost the same pronunciation but they are spelled differently.

What shall you use Affect or Effect?

You can use “Affect” when you would like to indicate influence. Example is given below:

It didn’t affect her in any way. She was just the same.

“Effect” is a noun. You can use it as follows:

There was no effect on her. The medicine will have some negative side effects.

What did you write, is it “Than” or “Then”?

This is very common. You will use “Than” only when you have to compare.

Example: She is smarter than her mother. He is better than other students in the classroom.

You can use “Then” with the goal to indicate time or passage of time. It is used to describe “when”.

We wanted to go to the cinema hall, then to the hotel for dinner. But, you have ruined all our plans.

What did the speaker say, weather or whether?

The word weather is used to talk about the state of the atmosphere. Springtime weather how is the weather today.

You can use whether as a conjunction. It is used to introduce different choices.

Can you let us know whether you would like to pay in cash or transfer through online banking?

Hear and Here

“Here” is used as an adverb to show location. Please, do not sit here. This table is already reserved for the girls.

“Hear” is a verb which indicates listening. Can you hear me? Can you hear the sound of the birds?

What did the speaker say, accept or except?

Accept is a verb. Example: They will never accept your application. He accepted the proposal.

You can use “except” when you want to exclude something or someone. It is used as a preposition to talk about something or someone not included. .

Check out some sentences given below.

You can photograph all the areas within this museum except this area.

What did you hear, are, or our?

Remember, “Are” is a verb. A form of “to be.”

We are nearer to the garden. You can come down here.

“Our” is used as an adjective, It is the plural possessive form of “We.”

They will never support our plan. There is an event at our hotel today.

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