May 18, 2017 at 20:00

Attention: You Need To Stop Using These 10 English Words Incorrectly

by Tushita Shekhar

I have good punctuation—I'm never late! (punctuality) He is the very pineapple of politeness! (pinnacle)

These are a few notable instances of Mrs. Malaprop's claim to fame. Malapropism is a literary device, which owes its origins to Mrs. Malaprop- a humorous character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comedy, "The Rivals". She is famous for providing comic relief by using similar sounding, but incorrect words.

However, it carries a negative connotation as it gives the impression of being dim or ignorant. In fact, verbal faux pas committed by celebrities or politicians, have reduced them to a laughingstock, as is evident by Bushism.

So, unless you are auditioning for Mr. or Mrs. Malaprop, it's time you clear your confusion regarding these 10 commonly misused words:


    • Accept (verb) - to receive or agree ; give an affirmative reply; regard favourably
      • Sagarika Ghatge accepted Zaheer Khan’s proposal.
    • Except (conjunction) - apart from or excluding; unless;
      • Pappu passed in all the subjects, except for English.

    • Affect (verb) - to have an effect on; influence; to be moved emotionally
      • The breakup affected his health adversely.
    • Effect (noun) - result or consequence of an action
      • The effect of the poison was immediate.

    • To (preposition) : expressing reaching a location, direction or time; expressing outcome or cause ;
      • Hitler was a threat to world peace
    • Too (adverb) : to an excessive degree ; also
      • It is too late now to say sorry?
    • Two : Number 2 (the number that equals 1+1 )
      • I would like two orange bars.

    • Their (adjective) : conveys ownership.
      • My roommates left their clothes on my bed.
    • There (noun) : shows location or times
      • There are twelve trophies in my cabinet
    • They’re = they + are.
      • I can’t believe they’re growing up so fast.

    • Than (conjunction) : used for comparisons.
      • Hrithik is more popular than Shahid.
    • Then (adverb) : in reference to time
      • Finish studies first, then you can think about getting married.

    • Compliment (noun) : praise or flattery
      • She complimented him for his good looks.
    • Complement (noun) : to make it complete
      • The curtains perfectly complement the wallpaper
  7. ITS/IT’S

    • Its (possessive pronoun and requires no apostrophe) : Belonging to or made by
      • The bread is past its expiration date
    • It’s = It + is
      • It’s so humid

    • Principal (noun) - head or governing authority of a school; (adjective) - first in rank, authority, degree, etc.
      • The students met with the Principal on their first day.
    • Principle (noun) - a foundational truth, law, doctrine etc
      • French Revolution propagated the principles of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.

    • Your (adjective) - belonging to you
      • Is this your phone?
    • You're = you + are
      • You're a great writer.

    • Advise (verb) :to give suggestion or counsel
      • Doctor advised him to take rest
    • Advice (noun) : Propose a plan of action
      • Xi Jinping offered advice to Trump regarding North Korea.

How many of these did you know correctly? Share with us :)