两个学生的作业里有这两句话:

①“Singapore is a small and young country. It's achievements have been significant.”

②“Beside attacking student mobs, the author also criticized the goverment's indulgent attitude.”
 
两句中各有一个错误,即:“It's”和“Beside”;应该是“ Its”和“Besides”才对。“It's”是“it is”的缩写,“Its”才是所有代名词“它的”。“Beside”是“在旁边”,而“Besides” 才是“除此之外”。

像这样“形似义异”的字,在英语里相当多,稍微粗心,便会混淆不清。

下面是些类似的混淆词,请大家注意:

⒈altogether(完全地):all together(全部)

(a) Dr Zhang was not altogether pleased with his salary.

(b) Please go all together.

⒉complement(辅助):compliment(恭维)

(a) Different transport means complement one another very well.

(b) Sam complimented Helen on her assistance.

⒊uninterested(不感兴趣的): disinterested(大公无私的)

(a) All were uninterested in the project.

(b) A good judge should be disinterested.

⒋formally(正式地):formerly(以前)

(a) The guest was formally introduced to the host.

(b) Tom was formerly our class monitor.

⒌healthful(有利健康的):healthy(身体健康)

(a) Villagers enjoy the healthful mountain air.

(b) Healthy people live happily.

⒍impractical(不切实际的):impracticable(不易实行的)

(a) Such a plan is idealistic; it is impractical.

(b) No one will support an idea if it is impracticable.

⒎tasty(好吃的):tasteful(有鉴赏力的)

(a) Many westerners like tasty Chinese Food.

(b) Helen made a tasteful arrangement of the furniture in the lobby.

⒏statue(雕像):stature(身高):statute(法令)

(a) There is a gigantic statue of Raffles in the park.

(b)Most basketball players are men of tall stature.www.yingyusanji.com

(c) It is necessary to remove an outdated statute or replace it with an up-to-date one.

⒐appreciable(明显的;可感觉到的):appreciative(欣赏的;感激的)

(a) There has been an appreciable increase in food prices./ There is an appreciable difference in the attitude of two new clerks.

(b) David was very appreciative of his colleagues' cooperation in the project.

⒑burned:burnt(焚烧)

(a) The love of freedom burned in our hearts./ The candles have burned brightly since last night.(不及物动词)

(b) The boy burnt his thumb./ Betty has burnt all the letters from her former boy friend.(及物动词)