Mend, Repair or Fix? Confusing Words in English

Mend, Repair or Fix?

Mend: repair something that is broke or damaged, a repair in a material (usually used when talking about clothing or relationships)

Repair: to fix something that is damaged, renew, renovate or restore

Fix: mend, repair, improve or adapt something

Fix is the most common of the three words. When in doubt use the word ‘fix’.
Mend is rarely used in the United States. It is more commonly used in Great Britain.

Sentences with Mend:
1. My mom is going to mend my shirt.
2. Erica and Andrew are trying to mend their relationship.
3. Evelyn is mending her broken heart.

Sentences with Repair:
1. Ellen got her computer repaired. The screen was broken.
2. I am taking my car in for repairs. It doesn’t seem to be working right.
3. We need to repair the leaking pipe in the basement.

Sentences with Fix:
1. He is trying to fix the broken lamp.
2. Grandpa fixed the broken window last night.
3. My mom fixed the hole in my sock.

Fun or Funny: Confusing Words in English

Do you get the words fun and funny confused? Many people that are learning English use the words ‘fun’ and ‘funny’ incorrectly because they don’t understand the difference. Once you understand the difference you should be able to use them correctly. Below you will find the definitions of both words and example sentences.

Fun
Definition: Something or someone that is enjoyable or entertaining

Funny
Definition: Something or someone that makes you laugh or is humorous

Example Sentences

Fun:
1. I had a lot of fun at David’s birthday party.
2. Maria said she has fun when she visited her aunt.
3. The Peterson’s are such fun people.
4. The meeting at work was informative and fun.
5. The boy had fun playing the games he got for his birthday.
6. This is fun!

Funny:
1. The new Jim Carey movie is really funny.
2. The clown at the circus was funny. He knew lots of tricks.
3. My brother is a funny guy. He always makes me laugh.
4. James told me a funny joke.
5. Marisa told me a funny story about what happened to her at work.
6. That was so funny!

Negative Example Sentences with Fun and Funny

Fun:
1. I didn’t have fun at school today.
2. Kelsey never seems to have fun.
3. The party was so boring. No one had any fun.
4. It’s not fun to be sick.

Funny:
1. My professor thinks he is funny but he’s not.
2. The movie wasn’t funny though it was supposed to be a comedy.
3. That’s not funny! Stop it.
4. It wasn’t funny when I tripped and feel at work. I really hurt myself.

Can I use both words in the same sentence? Yes… but it is not very common.

Examples:
1. We had a lot of fun watching the funny movie.
2. Peter’s funny comedy routine ensured that everyone had a fun time at the comedy club.

You should now be able to tell the difference between the words fun and funny in the English language.

Talk vs. Speak: Commonly Confused Words in English

 

English language learners often confuse talk and speak. Below you will find common expressions with each verb; talk and speak and example sentences of each expression.  

 

Speak: (a little more formal)

1. speak to someone

Emily spoke to her boss about the upcoming presentation.

2. speak with someone

I have to speak with Mr. Adams about his delinquent account.

3. speak a language

I speak English and I am also learning to speak Spanish.

4. speak for someone

I would happy to speak for you in court next week.

5. speak up

Can you speak up? I can’t hear you. 

6. speak your mind

I need to speak my mind about what happened in the meeting yesterday.

7. speak out about something

Michelle speaks out about everything at work. She really hates change.

8. speak up for someone

If anyone says something bad about me at the meeting, I hope you speak up for me.

9. speak volumes

Her messy house and unkempt children speak volumes about what type of mother she is.

10. this speaks for itself

The facts speak for themselves. Jonathan is guilty of stealing the million dollars from his grandma.

 

 

Talk:

1. talk back

My sister is always talking back to my mom. She is typical teenager.

2. talk down to someone

The manager of the restaurant is always talking down to the kitchen staff.

3. talk the talk

Elizabeth just graduated from with her MBA last year. She has been really successful. She can sure talk the talk.

4. talk things over

I need to talk things over with my husband. I am not sure what his schedule looks like for next week.

5. talk tough

My teacher is always talking tough but she is not as tough as she seems.

6. talk away

We talked away the long car ride to visit my cousin in Ohio.

7. talk nonsense

My little brother is always talking nonsense. He wants everyone to pay attention to him all the time.  

8. talk big

Adam always talked big. He said he was going to be rich and famous but he never amounted to anything. 

You should now have a better understand of when to use ‘talk’ and ‘speak’ in English. Thank you for reading this post on English Tonight. Have you subscribed to our newsletter? You will get helpful updates and information about what’s going on with English Tonight 2-3 per month. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Affect vs. Effect with 22 Example Sentences

Knowing when to use affect and effect can be difficult; even for native English speakers. The following should help you better understand the difference and how to use them.

Affect is usually used as a verb. A ways to remember it is Affect = Action (They both start with ‘A’.) Example sentences with ‘affect’:

1. Meaning: To have an influence on or cause a change in something.
• The Midwest has been severely affected by flooding this spring.
• My family’s opinion did not affect my decision to move to Brazil.
• The fire in the apartment building affected over 20 families.
• How will the new president affect the economy?
• Some experts think that video games affect children’s brains negatively.

2. Meaning: To move or touch; act or arouse your emotions
• His speech affected my outlook on life.
• John’s laziness affected everyone at work.
• We were deeply affected by our son’s death.
• I was negatively affected by the accident.
• My husband cheating on me has affected how much I love him.

The word “affect” is rarely used as a noun. ‘Affect’ is used as a noun in the field of psychology in connection with emotional states.

Effect is almost always used as a noun. Example Sentences with ‘effect’:

1. Meaning: Result or outcome of something
• The new seat-belt law will go into effect on May 1st.
• I don’t think failing this test will have any effect on my ability to pass my English class.
• The pain medicine had an intimidate effect on my body.
• The effect of the tornado was awful.
• The anti-drug presentation had no effect on the teenager’s bad habits.

2. Meaning: Give the impression/sense of something else
• The special effects in the movie were incredible.
• The white paint will give the effect that the room is very large.
• The scary music gives the effect that the house is haunted.
• Keeping the space well lit will give the effect that there is a lot of natural light coming in.

3. Meaning: personal belongings or possessions
• I inherited my grandfather’s personal effects after his death.
• Her personal effects are in the car.
• Did Alexander bring any personal effects?

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