Common English Errors: Confused Words, Es

English has many words that sound similar, and are often spelled similarly, but have quite different meanings. In this little article, we look at a few words that are often confused starting with E, and explain the differences between them.

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ELICIT — a verb meaning "evoke or draw out in reaction to one's own actions". The squirrel's dawn raid elicited a swift response from the ducks.

ILLICIT — an adjective meaning "forbidden by law, rules, or custom". Stacie did have a tendency to engage in risky and illicit activities, much to the despair of her long-suffering children.


EMINENT — an adjective meaning "famous and respected within a particular profession". Dylan was an eminent authority on pogo sticks.

IMMINENT — an adjective meaning "about to happen". Troy walked up the hillside, blissfully unaware that the panther's attack was imminent.

IMMANENT — an adjective meaning "inherent, existing within, qualities that are spread throughout something", often used in religious or philosophical contexts. It is not a commonly used word. Curiosity is immanent in human nature.


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Last modified on Saturday, 28 November 2015 08:23
English Language Skills (Denise)

English Language Skills (Denise)

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