Wesley Chapel Language Arts Tutor’s Commonly Confused Words: Continual and Continuous

Posted on 9th June 2010 in Tampa Language Arts tutors

I haven’t ever seen a question on the SAT Error ID section that tests the difference between continual and continuous, but it’s good to know.

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  • Continual means occurring from time to time or intermittently.

While we shared an office, I grew weary of her continual comments about my poor eating habits.
The British Petroleum workers attempting to repair the broken oil pipe have faced continual setbacks.

  • Continuous means over a stretch of time without ceasing.

After 45 minutes of continuous exercise, the fat man collapsed.
The oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico continuously for 51 days.

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Wesley Chapel SAT Tutor Commonly Confused Words: Canvas and Canvass

Posted on 21st May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was working with one of my favorite tutorees yesterday. She is a tremendously gifted student.

At any rate, the lesson we were working on was about commonly confused words. We were using a book (Blanche Ellsworth’s English Simplified) that one of my writing teachers at Stetson used in her expository writing class.

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One of the questions concerned the difference between canvas and canvass. Although, I have never seen an SAT question on this difference, I think it’s still worth knowing.

  • Canvas is a type of cloth. The tent was made of canvas. The jeep had a canvas top.
  • To canvass is to visit an area to collect votes or measure support for a political candidate. The volunteers canvassed the neighborhood for State Senator Victor Crist.

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New Tampa SAT Writing Tutor: Commonly Confused Words: Aggravate and Annoy

Posted on 17th May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

I was working with one of my SAT writing and reading students yesterday and we came across a practice SAT sentence correction question that required knowing the difference between to aggravate and to annoy.

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Back when I was at Stetson , I was blessed to have an English professor who explained the difference to me.

To aggravate is to make worse.
To annoy is to irritate.

Eating the spicy food aggravated my upset stomach.
Resuming training for the race so soon after I twisted my ankle aggravated the injury.

My boss is annoyed with me for being late this morning.
The chatter from the stands annoyed the Red Sox slugger.

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Tampa SAT Tutor’s Commonly Confused Words: Compliment and Complement

Posted on 12th May 2010 in Tampa SAT Preparation

Sometimes compliment/complement shows up in the error ID questions on the SAT, so knowing the difference can help you score better on the SAT.

The difference isn’t difficult.

A compliment is an expression of encouragement or praise.

For example:

She paid a compliment to the chef.
She complimented him on his excellent taste in diamonds.

Something that is free is complimentary.

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I love going to the new Dickey’s Barbecue in New Tampa because the soft serve ice cream is complimentary.

Complement with an E applies to things that go together.

The wine you have chosen really complements the entree.

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