Common English Phrases Part 3-Are You Saying Them Correctly?

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Common English Phrases Part 3-Are You Saying Them Correctly?

Part 3 of the Common English Phrases series is in! Here, we show five more phrases/words that are commonly mispronounced and incorrectly spoken. As previously mentioned, this could be caused by auditory differentiation mistakes-meaning that the brain perceives sounds differently than the ears. With the information gained from this article, you can now be rest assured when you use these Common English Phrases!

Common English Phrases

Common English Phrases

1. Momento vs. Memento

  • The right way: Memento
  • Meaning: A memento is a souvenir, keepsake, etc. ‘Momento’ is not an English word, it is a Spanish word translated as ‘moment’ (ex: un momento = one moment).
  • Sentence: My memento from the beach was a seashell.

2. Irregardless vs. Regardless

  • The right way: Regardless
  • Meaning: Without regard/without respect. Saying ‘irregardless’ would be double negating the definition of regard.
  • Sentence: Regardless of what happens, I’ll always be your friend.

3. Sorta vs. Sort of

  • The right way: Sort of
  • Meaning: Kind of, to some extent. ‘Sorta’ is a shortened/slang version of ‘soft of’.
  • Sentence: She sort of forgot it was her mom’s birthday today.

Common English Phrases

4. I made a complete 360 degree change in my life. vs. I made a complete 180 degree change in my life

  • The right way: I made a complete 180 degree change
  • Meaning: You changed your life in a completely opposite way. Using 360 degrees just means it’s the same way.
  • Sentence: I made a complete 180 degree change in my life after I stopped smoking.

5. Hone in vs. Home in

  • The right way: Depends on the context…
  • Meaning: ‘Hone in’ means to improve or enhance something. ‘Home in’ means to get closer to a particular thing.
  • Sentence 1: The new photo editing software let’s me hone in red eye more than the other software.
  • Sentence 2: This tracking device will let me home in on where my dog is located if he gets out of the yard.

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