It can be a problem for you to choose a proper word

You may have learned English for a very long time, but chances are you'll still find yourself having problems choosing a proper or suitable word to use. That can be a big problem for learners.

Both in conversation and in writing, learners often hesitate when they are trying to choose or use a proper word for a situation. They may find there are a lot of words with the similar meaning, and they have to choose only one from them to express themselves in the context. They may find it difficult to differentiate between "may", "might", and "could", or between "fight", "quarrel", "dispute", "conflict", and "confrontation", or between "sorry", "appologize", and "regret". These are all common words which may cause problems for learners. If only there were only one suitable word for a situation! But what if you forget the only word, then how do you express yourself? So we may need more words even though it can be a problem for us to choose one from.

It may not be an uncommon problem for learners, though. Sometimes, they do understand what other people are trying to convey, but they just can't find the right word to respond. So, only too often, they may fail to have a good conversation or to write a suitable comment on a blog post or an article. That can be so frustrating for them. So, they may be good at reading, but bad at speaking or writing.  In fact, we all need to choose a suitable word from time to time, even though you are a native speaker. The differences between American English and British English could make it even worse, not to mention the subtle differences between synonyms.

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Comment by Expector Smith on May 11, 2018 at 14:54

Thanks Onee!

Comment by Onee-chan on May 11, 2018 at 9:13

It is my problem, indeed. :( But I'm learning. :)

Thanks for reminding us, doc. ^^

Comment by Expector Smith on March 11, 2013 at 22:26

Thanks for the comment, mohanned!

Comment by Expector Smith on March 5, 2013 at 12:25

Hi Vsa,

Your writing is excellent. I myself enjoy reading blogs that are concise.



Comment by VsaDarwisa on March 5, 2013 at 11:01

Dear Tara,

I don't mind when English teachers or anybody else pointing out my mistake.  Afterall I am here to learn. (Oh, I forgot to tag 'Corrections' in my blogs).

Comment by VsaDarwisa on March 5, 2013 at 10:51

Dear Expector,

As a beginner of English writing, I face that problem a lot, even it happens when I am about to start my first sentence. I read a lot and know a lot of impressive words and suitable words, but lack of writing practice make my mind goes blank, I end up writing a straight forward and simple English.


Comment by Expector Smith on February 27, 2013 at 23:05

And, Tara, if you correct me, then other learners will feel better when you correct them, because they will know everybody makes mistakes even though you're an advanced learner.

Comment by Expector Smith on February 27, 2013 at 23:03

Hi Tara,

Thanks for the comment. I myself want other people to correct me, and most of the learners may like when you point out mistakes. Maybe I should have used the tag "corrections". Don't hesitate to correct me whenever you find an error in my writing - I would appreciate it!

Comment by Tara Benwell on February 27, 2013 at 19:05

Interestingly, it can also be awkward for an English speaker or teacher to point out when a learner uses the wrong word. Do you like when people point out mistakes, or does it bother you? 

Comment by Expector Smith on February 26, 2013 at 23:22

We say "an idea" or "an opinion", but do not say "an advice" or "a news".

I advise you to speak the words which you think could be the right one on the particular occasion - don't be so panic to speak. Don't be afraid of making mistakes, even though you may make such a sentence: "I am come from China."  

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