They're all a source of comfort. And they all contain a homophone.
Yep. We're covering more commonly confused words this week...
Aids, aides, and -ades all sound alike, but their meanings are different.
- Aid can be a verb meaning to help or assist or a noun meaning something that helps or assists. It can also be used when referring to a person, but aide is preferred.
- Aide is an assistant, such as a nurse's aide or a senator's aide.
- And -ade is a suffix, often used in names of fruit drinks.
(Then, of course, you have Kool-aid, which breaks the rule. But that's because it's a brand name.)
Here are three more: air, err and heir.
- Air is what we breathe.
- Err means to make a mistake.
- And an heir is someone who inherits something.
Three more: allude, elude and illude.
- Allude is a verb that means to casually or indirectly refer to something. Ex: Her husband alluded to her odd behavior and his suspicions, but he didn't accuse her of infidelity outright.
- Elude is a verb meaning to cleverly avoid capture, but it can also mean to escape understanding. Ex: I stared at the test question for a solid ten minutes, but the answer eluded me.
- Illude is a verb that means to deceive or trick. (think: illusion)
That's all I have for today. I hope you found the lesson helpful.
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