Audible and Auditory
Audible: can be heard
e.g. The music from the concert hall was audible even from here.
Auditory: related to hearing or the ear
e.g. This factory manufactures auditory equipment.
Expandable and Expendable
Expandable: able to grow and develop
e.g. This business has great potential and is expandable.
e.g. This is extra and is expendable.
Amused and Bemused
Amused: be delighted or entertained
e.g. We were all amused by his wonderful performance.
Bemused; bewildered or confused
e.g. The reporters were totally bemused by that contradictory information from the White House.
Farther and Further
Farther: at a greater physical distance
e.g. This place is farther away from your parents’ home.
Further: at a greater figurative distance
e.g. His explanation is further from the truth.
A lot and Allot
A lot: a large number of
e.g. A lot of people turned up at the debate.
Allot; assign something to
e.g. You should allot some of the work to the new employee.
e.g. I supposed he would turn up, but he did not.
Supposed to: obligated to do something
e.g. The policeman was supposed to arrest the criminal.
Formally and Formerly
e.g. The manager formally announced your promotion.
e.g. He was formerly the President of this company.
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