IELTS HOPECO Grammar: Faux Amis – False Friends 1

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Faux amis or 'false friends' are words that appear to be the same in French and in English, but have a different meaning.

  Incorrect Correct  

 Achieve  Complete / finish   The renovation was finished at the end of 2010. /We  have completed the programme.
 Actuellement  Actually   At the moment,  currently.  At the moment I am revising my English.

 Affluence  Crowds  There were crowds of people in the streets.

 Agenda  Diary  I note almy appointl ments in my diary.

 Ancient  Former  Our former chairman was more dynamic.

 Assister a
 Assist  Attend  All the personnel must attend the meeting.

 Advertisement  Warning  The message was sent as a warning.

 Bail  Lease  We can move in as soon as we sign the lease.

 Bless  Hurt / injure  He was injured in a road accident.

 Bribes  Scraps, snatches  He overheard snatches of the conversation.

 Chance  Luck  Good luck! I hope you'll be as lucky as Tom.

 Coin  Corner  The cinema is at the corner of the street.

 Command  Order  He ordered food for everybody.

 Conductor  Driver  She told the driver to be careful on the roads.
 Confection  Confection 
 - industry

 He works in the clothing industry.




 Tickets are checked before boarding.




 His failure was a big disappointment.




 The players were disappointed not to win



 Time limit/
 We were given a time limit. Friday is the deadline.



 Want / feel like

 I don't want to go/ I don't feel like going.

 Eventually  Possibly/perhaps/if  need be  Perhaps/If need be I could send a fax.

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