What’s the difference between…

When you are learning a language, some words can be confusing, they are very similar but slightly different.  Here at NikaTeacher, we are asked ‘What’s the difference between…’ so read on for some very useful answers (pronounced anses, the W and R are silent)🤫.

🗣What’s the difference between… Specially and Especially?

Especially and specially are adverbs. Especially means ‘particularly’ or ‘above all’: I love learning languages, especially English. Or. I am especially grateful to my teacher and classmates. 🥰

We use specially to talk about the specific purpose of something:  I had my dress specially made.  Or. I don’t want to be treated specially.

🗣What’s the difference between… Been and Gone

Been and gone are both used in the present perfect. Gone is used when a visit or trip is not completed.  A one way journey.  “Where has Peter gone?” (he’s not in the room), “He has gone to the supermarket”. 🏃🏼‍♂️

Been is used when the visit or trip is completed.  A return journey.  “Where have you been Peter?” (he’s now in the room🏠). “I’ve been to the supermarket”.

🗣What’s the difference between… Come and Go

This is a common confusion for English language learners but it’s really very easy.  Come is used when the speaker is moving towards the listener. Example, I have a trip booked to England in July, I call my mum “Mama, I’m coming to visit you in July” (I’m moving towards my mum) Or “Teacher, I can’t come to class today because I am sick”.

Go is used when the speaker is moving away from the listener.  I tell my boyfriend about my trip “I’m going to England in July” (I’m moving away from him). Or “I’m going to the supermarket, do you want anything”, I’m moving away from the listener.  This video is really helpful.

🗣What’s the difference between… Advice and Advise

This is a really straightforward.  Advice is an UNCOUNTABLE noun.  You give advice when you offer an opinion or a recommendation.  “Can you give me some advice please”, “My advice is to drink more water”. 🙏🏻

Advise is a regular verb, therefore you will find it with the subject of the sentence performing the action.  “I advised her to drink more water”, “She is advising me on my wedding dress”. 👰🏼

So we’ve covered a few confusions (countable noun), words that can be confusing (adjective).  But, there are many more and some that you can help us with.  Are there are differences you don’t understand?

We are happy to help, get in touch with us and we will answer (don’t forget that pronunciation) any questions. 👇🏻



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