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Advise and advice

Advise and advice: Advise is a verb verse advice is a noun.
Practise – verb in British English, practice – noun and verb in US English
Devise is a verb and device is a noun


Agree: more than one party is needed for an agreement, but the contributions made by each may be different.

Agreeing: is typically done between equals who cooperate in working out their final position. (e.g. We will have to decide what compromise we can agree on.)

Someone who consents: to a proposal is presented with a suggestion in which they have some interest, because agreeing to it will require them to take action or affect them in some way. (e.g. She has the same capacity as an adult to consent to surgical treatment.)

Someone who assents: to a proposal is generally a person whose approval is required, although they probably feel quite indifferent to it. They are free to accept or reject the proposal, but have played no part in working it out. (e.g. The inspector assented to the remark with a nod.)

To acquiesce: is to accept something by default through failing to resist. (e.g. The authorities believed that most refugees would eventually acquiesce.)

(Source: Oxford Dictionary Thesaurus)

Aggressive and Enthusiastic

Aggressive is a very popular in business, but actual meaning is that having a strong intention to win or succeed and using forceful action to win or to achieve success. (e.g. The other party began an aggressive election campaign.) Enthusiastic is a feeling of energetic interest in and having a strong excitement of feeling or activity (= Passionate). (e.g. One of the good things about teaching young children is their enthusiasm. I'm very enthusiastic about teaching young children.)


Accurate: apply to information or statements that are correct, usually helpfully and informatively so.

An Accurate: statement or representation has been put together with great care and corresponds to the facts. It is likely to give people a good idea of the truth or be a reliable guide for action. (e.g. A frightening accurate description of her life.)

Precise: refers to minute attention to detail. It draws a contrast with something that may be correct but is more vague or approximate. (e.g. We have no precise figures for possible job losses.)

Exact: emphasizes that something has been definitely identified, with no margin for vagueness or error. (e.g. We may never know the exact number of deaths.)

(Source: Oxford Dictionary Thesaurus)

Empathy and Sympathy

Empathy is the ability to experience the feelings with another person always. (e.g. I have empathy for those families who lost their family in the civil war.) Sympathy is acknowledging another person's difficult feelings. (e.g. My deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims.) Empathy is active and more specific and personal than sympathy. Sympathy is passive and a more general sorrow for another person’s situation.

Good and well

Good is an adjective that describes nouns, and Good can be used with to be, to seem, and to appear, but it is still an adjective modifying a noun, not a verb. (e.g. if you did a good job, then you do good work). Well is an adverb that describes how something was done. (e.g. You can do your job well.) Well can be used as an adjective to mean: in good health

Stationary and Stationery

Stationary (adjective): not moving or not intended to be moved. Stationery (Noun): writing and other office materials.

Ultimate and Penultimate

Ultimate (adjective and noun) means the best, or final, last, result, elemental, fundamental, or maximum. Penultimate (adjective and noun) means the last but one, or second to last.