Welcome to Love Speaking’s TOEIC problems and error correction blog post where you will be able to discover new ways to solve any errors you make in the reading section of the TOEIC test. The problem we will be looking at in this blog are similar words.
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TOEIC Problem: Similar Words
It is easy to confuse words that have similar meanings or similar spellings. However, these words CANNOT be interchanged. Check out some examples below:
- accept / except
- advise / advice
- affect / effect
- lose / loose
- say / tell
Solution: Pay attention to both the meaning and spelling of the word
1. Incorrect: Mr. Chang said his secretary to schedule a meeting.
Correct: Mr. Chang told his secretary to schedule a meeting.
2. Incorrect: My shoelace is lose.
Correct: My shoelace is loose.
1. ‘Say’ is followed by a direct object. ‘Tell’ is followed by an indirect object. Use ‘say’ when you just say something. (Mr. Chang said to schedule a meeting.) Use ‘tell’ when you say something to someone else. (Mr Chang. told his secretary to schedule a meeting.)
2. The spelling of a word can change it into a different word. To ‘lose’ something means that you cannot find it. Check the spelling; ‘lose’ should be ‘loose’, which means not tight.