Your “prayers not answered” means your “expectations not fulfilled.” The TAO wisdom explains why: your attachments to careers, money, relationships, and success “make” but also “break” you by creating your flawed ego-self that demands your “expectations to be fulfilled.”

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Confusing Words

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.

Expendable: unnecessary
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.

Suppose and Supposed to

Suppose: theorize
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

Formally: officially
e.g. The manager formally announced your promotion.

Formerly: previously
e.g. He was formerly the President of this company.

Stephen Lau
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