David Recine

Magoosh Comics: Commonly Confused Verbs

I was just reading Rachel KD’s post on verbs that are often confused with other similar-sounding words. It’s a great post for building English fluency, so be sure to check it out here.

Toward the end of her post, Rachel talked about the importance of using mnemonics to remember the differences between similar-sounding words.  In this post, I’ve made cartoon mnemonics for the five word pairs that Rachel featured in her post: allowed/aloud, fined/find, filled/filed, passed/past, and read/red.

As an added bonus, I’ve also drawn a cartoon to help you remember the differences between the verb filled and the noun field. Many non-native speakers of English would pronounce both words in the exact same way.


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  • David Recine

    David is a Test Prep Expert for Magoosh TOEFL and IELTS. Additionally, he’s helped students with TOEIC, PET, FCE, BULATS, Eiken, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. David has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His work at Magoosh has been cited in many scholarly articles, his Master’s Thesis is featured on the Reading with Pictures website, and he’s presented at the WITESOL (link to PDF) and NAFSA conferences. David has taught K-12 ESL in South Korea as well as undergraduate English and MBA-level business English at American universities. He has also trained English teachers in America, Italy, and Peru. Come join David and the Magoosh team on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, or connect with him via LinkedIn!

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