Charis for Writing: Similar or not so similar? Lesson 50

By Charismata Editorial Services

We made it! 50 online English lessons. Congratulations to us and to you too for enjoying the lessons. A special welcome to today’s class. Our jubilee lesson will deal with groups of words that seem similar but may or may not be that similar.

Enquiry vs Inquiry
In conventional English language, enquiry refers to a general search for knowledge while inquiry refers strictly to official investigations such as those done by the police. Today, however, they are used interchangeably by most people. The preference may also depend on whether you speak British or American English. They are similar.

Tug-of-war vs Tag of war
Now,  tug of war is officially a contest in which two or more parties struggle to gain control. As for tag of war, it may mean you have a label which indicates you were part of a war. Enough of writing the sporting activity with an ‘a’! They are not similar.

Saloon vs Salon
Which one is the car? -Saloon. And which one is the place where you have your hair done? -Salon. Originally, saloon referred to a drinking pub while salon referred to your hall, a large place for entertaining visitors, in addition to the aforementioned meanings. Today, some say they are interchangeable (I disagree though) depending on where you come from. They may or may not be similar.

We hope this lesson was useful. Please contact us to answer your English language questions or proofread your documents for you. Remember that good English is learnt to be practiced. See you in our next class on using commas.

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