This book is not about confusable homonyms such as proceed or precede, loose and lose, compliment and complement; nor is it about a random bunch of supposedly “complicated” words which most English speakers and students will never need to use anyway.
This book is about fifty or more of the most commonly used but problematical words in English – words with multiple uses and meanings that make them a constant source of errors and misunderstandings for both native speakers and learners alike.
It looks in detail at over fifty familiar - and mostly short - words which are not always easy to use, but nonetheless belong to the essential vocabulary of everyday English. Most of the “problem words” looked at in this book feature among the 300 most frequently used words in English, and some are even more unavoidable. Nine of them – including that, as, do, all, there and their – are actually among the 50 most frequently used words in English, which goes to show how important it is to master their usage.Improving one's command and understanding of everyday communication in a language is not so much a matter of learning new words, but of fully understanding the meanings and use of the words that we most frequently encounter in our everyday English – particularly those with multiple uses or different meanings which are the subject of this book.