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Lesson 13.1

Commonly Confused Words

Palabras comúnmente confundidas
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There are many commonly confused words in English. In this lesson we will look at two different pairs of these words, as the differences between them are similar.

Go vs. Come

These two verbs of movement are frequently confused as their meaning is similar. Both are frequently used with the preposition of direction or movement, “to”. The principle difference between these two verbs is in the direction of movement.

Go

Go” is used to indicate a direction moving away from the speaker or the person being spoken to or to a location different from the current location. “Go” is often used with the adverb “there”.

Examples:

 Are you going to Anna’s party this weekend?
 I must go to work now or I will be late!
 Q: Why are you going to New York? A: We are going there on holiday.
 Let’s go to the beach, it’s a beautiful day!
 You have a fever. You should go home and go to bed.

Come

Come” indicates a movement towards or in the direction of the speaker or person being spoken to. It is used to express movement from a different location to the current location of the speaker or person being spoken to. In contrast to “go”, “come” is frequently used with the adverb “here”.

Examples:

 Are you coming to my party this weekend?
 Q: Where are you? A: I’m coming!
 I have an appointment at 12:00. Can I come a little earlier?
 Why don’t you come here to my house and we can watch a movie.
 Hi mom. The nurse says I have a fever so I am coming home.
Note: The phrasal verbs “go back” and “come back” follow the same rules.

Examples:

 We are having such a great time here in New York, we don’t want to come back home![Speaking to family back home.]
 We are having such a great time here in New York, we hope to come back very soon![Speaking to the receptionist at the hotel in New York.]
 We are going back home on Saturday.[Speaking with the receptionist at the hotel.]
 We had such a great time in New York, we hope to go back there soon.[Speaking with family at home after the holiday.]

Bring vs. Take

Like “go” and “come”, these two verbs are commonly confused, but the difference in their use is the same as that of “go” and “come”.

Bring

As with “come”, we use “bring” to indicate a movement in the direction of the speaker or person being spoken to.

Examples:

 Don’t forget to bring your school books!
 What can I bring to the party?

Take

Take”, like “go”, indicates a movement away from the current location of the speaker or person being spoken to.

Examples:

 Here, take these books with you.
 I would like a coffee to take away.
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