“Double check” or “double confirm”?

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How often do you come across the phrase “double confirm”? After we had our dinner last night, I asked my husband whether he had any ideas of what I could write about for this week’s post.

He answered, “Write about the use of “double confirm” and why it’s wrong.”

“Do a lot of people actually say “double confirm”? I don’t remember many people using it back in my former job,” I replied.

“Ever since my colleague mentioned it, I’ve been seeing it everywhere,” he said.

Thanks for the suggestion, hubs.

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A common mistake when using “I’m”

Today, our post is about the correct and incorrect use of “I’m”.  In last week’s post, I wrote about the difference between “I” and “me”. So this week, we’ll discuss how “I’m” is often incorrectly used.

Can we join you? Pretty please?

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Is it “food” or “foods”?

Earlier today (as of writing this post), I posted an update on my Facebook profile. I asked my friends to share their ideas of what I could write about on our blog.

Sure enough, several people replied and one of my friends asked us to write about countable and uncountable nouns. She mentioned that she’s heard people say and write “foods”, “informations”, “seafoods” and it’s getting her confused.

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The difference between “deadline” and “dateline”

Do you ever get mixed up between the words “deadline” and “dateline”?

Getting them confused with one another is very common. After all, they do sound very similar. However, their meanings couldn’t be any more different.

To find out how they differ, watch this video we made for you!

Do you have any questions you’d like us to address through a video or blog post? Leave a comment below or write to us at info@myenglishmatters.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The difference between “lend” and “borrow”

Not too long ago, my family and I were at our favourite restaurant to have our usual weekend brunch. The place is usually packed with customers, so sometimes it would take a few minutes or so to find an empty table.

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“Your” vs. “You’re”

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It’s time to put this common mistake to rest.

“You’re” is a shorter version of “you are”, so it would be incorrect to use “you’re” if the sentence doesn’t make sense when you replace it with “you are”.

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“There”, “They’re” and “Their”

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Why does English have to be so difficult? Yeah, we wonder the same thing sometimes.

Like the words “there”, “they’re” and “their” sound alike, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.

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“Congrats” vs “Congrates”

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How many times have you seen people write “congrates!” when they congratulate someone? This is quite a common mistake among Malaysians, particularly spotted in social media.

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“That’s mean” vs “that means”

That's meanWe often hear people (Malaysians, particularly) use the words “that’s mean” when they actually want to say “that means”.

So what? It’s just a little grammar mistake. Yeah, but if you ever get caught saying that in a country other than Malaysia, you might just offend the person you say it to.

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