Good English Guide for GCE Level Module 6

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These are some of the words you need to have mastered before appearing for the GCE examinations or the College Entrance Examinations, regardless of wherever you may be.

Good English Guide for GCE Module 6

Item 83
Below (prep.: in a lower position, it implies a comparison )
Beneath (prep.: in a lower position)
Under (prep.: below or beneath)

Correct: Ah Tee would not travel by bus because he thought it was below his status
to do so.
Correct: All the flats beneath the tenth floor were on fire.
Correct: My pen was found under the table.

Item 84
Burn (verb: to damage or be damaged by fire, heat, extreme cold or corrosive substances)
Burned (verb: past tense and past participle of burn)
Burnt (verb: past tense and past participle of burn)

Correct: He burns the grass.
Correct: He said his finger was slightly burned yesterday.
Correct: The grass was burned / burnt yesterday.

Item 86
Between (prep.: means at a point in the area bounded by two or more other points)
Among (prep: means surrounded by, in the company of or in the number of)

Correct: Cooperation between countries is good.
Correct: Among all the experienced politicians, only two were willing to come forward
to rebuild the nation.

Item 86
Bi (comb. form: means having two times of a certain duration, or twice within that

Correct: This magazine is a biweekly. (The magazine is published every two weeks
or twice per week.)
Correct: This magazine is a bimonthly. (The magazine is published every two months
or twice per month.)
Note: If your magazine is published twice every month, say semimonthly. If it is
published twice every week, say semiweekly to avoid confusion.)

Item 87
Blond (adj.: having light coloured skin and hair, e.g. blond men or boys)
Blonde (adj.: having light coloured skin and hair, refers more to women, e.g. blonde women and girls)

Correct: The blond men and boys were staying in City Hall Hotel.
Correct: The blonde women were staying in Hilton Hotel.

Item 88
Born (verb: is the past participle of bear, which means to endure, also an adjective which
means natural talent)
Borne (verb: is the past participle of bear, e.g. bearing a child or to bring forth)

Correct: The man was a born leader.
Correct: We were borne by our mothers.

Item 89
Bring (verb: come with, refers to movement towards the speaker)
Take (verb: to grasp with the hand, refers to movements away from the speaker)

Correct: Please bring me some books.
Correct: Please take that book away.

Item 90
Barrel (noun: container shaped like a cylinder, bulging in the middle, made of wooden
staves, secured by metal hoops round them, with capacity of 159 litres)
Cask (noun: container shaped like a cylinder, bulging in the middle, made of wood, metal
or plastic)

Correct: One barrel of crude oil is about U.S.$20.00 today.
Correct: The wine has been kept in the cask during the past many years.

Item 91
Benchmark (noun: the standard against which the output of individual workers in the
same industry is assessed)
Hallmark (noun: a mark on an article of trade indicating its origin & authenticity)

Correct: When we employed a specialist to carry out benchmarking in our company,
majority of our employees were trying to befriend him.
Correct: I will not accept this hardware because its hallmark has been erased.

Item 92
Benevolent (adj.: well-wishing, kind)
Malevolent (adj.: wishing evil on another person)

Correct: Benevolent people are able to live and work in any country.
Correct: His malevolent intention was the main cause of his unhappiness.

Item 93
Bonus (noun: something given or paid in addition to what was expected)
Windfall (noun: an unexpected good fortune, especially a legacy)

Correct: Our company gave each employee a bonus equivalent to two months of his or
her monthly basic salary.
Correct: Samantha received a windfall yesterday because a lawyer called up to announce
that her grandfather left her a piece of land.

Item 94
Broker (noun: an agent who buys or sells for others, without risk of losing any money)
Dealer (noun: an agency authorised to sell a particular commodity, owning that item
legally and may lose money if that item cannot sell)

Correct: The broker went to see his client to tell her the potential buyer would only buy
the house if the cost could be reduced by nine thousand dollars.
Correct: The spare part dealer helps his clients to bring in the required parts.

Item 95
Business (noun: a person’s regular occupation, profession or trade)
Trade (noun: buying and selling, refers more to whole and international dealings)

Correct: People in peaceful countries can normally run their businesses more profitably.
Correct: International trade has suffered because of terrorist attacks in some countries.

Item 96
Barrister (noun: a person admitted to plead at Bar, especially in a High Court, in England
or Wales, in Scotland he is called an advocate)
Advocate (noun: a professional pleader in a court of justice in Scotland)
Solicitor (noun: a lawyer who advises his clients and briefs the barrister)
Attorney (noun: a lawyer in the U.S.A., someone appointed to transact business on behalf
of another)

Correct: The barrister would expect his solicitors to brief him thoroughly before
he attends the next case.
Correct: If the advocate does not plead well this time, his reputation will be affected.
Correct: The solicitor and the barrister have been working very hard for the next case.
Correct: We have appointed an attorney to handle this case.

Item 96.01
Blanch (verb: to make white, to take colour out of, to turn pale)
Bleach (noun: a liquid or powder used to clean or to remove colour)
Blench (verb feeling great fear and disgust at the thought of doing something)

Correct: Most people would blanch at the thought of having to work twelve hours per
Correct: He bought some bleach to whiten his shirt.
Correct: He blenched at the thought of having to work under the scorching sun.

Item 96.02
Billicose (adj.: warlike, eager to fight or quarrel)
Belligerent (adj.: showing a readiness to fight or quarrel)

Correct: Basil made some bellicose statements during the last meeting.
Correct: Belligerent nations should learn from history that fighting a war might not solve
international problem.

Item 96.03
Bogey (noun: a particular fear especially one not based on reasons)
Bogie (noun: US spelling for bogey)
Bogy (noun: interchangeable with bogey)

Correct: His biggest bogey is the commitment in a relationship with a woman.

Item 96.04
Baluster (noun: the upright support of a handrail)
Banister (noun: a handrail with its supporting balusters)

Correct: If the balusters are spread too wide apart, children may fall through the open
space and get hurt.
Correct: The banisters for this house have been constructed by a sub-contractor.

Item 96.05
Bemuse (verb: stupefy, or confused in mind)
Amuse (verb: causing a person to laugh or smile, keep a person entertained)

Correct: The oil field workers were bemused by the sudden appearance of terrorists who
were speeding toward the platform with their fast boats.
Correct: The child was amused by the magician.

Item 96.07
Bathe (verb: to swim in the sea, river, lake or other large area of water)
Bath (noun: a long rectangular container which you fill with water and sit or lie in to
wash your body)

Correct: It is dangerous to bathe in the river here because it is infested with crocodiles.
Correct: I fill up the bath with water and lie in to wash my body.

Item 96.08
Burn down (verb: totally destroyed by fire, e.g. a building)
Burn up (verb: completely destroyed by fire or strong heat)

Correct: That timber building was completely burned down.
Correct: The meteorite was burned up when it entered the earth atmosphere.


Among, Below, Benchmark, Beneath, Between, Born, Borne, Hallmark

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27th Jun 2014 (#)

To prepare good curry, you need kitchen utensils and the basic ingredients like chilies, onion, ginger, garlic, cumin seed, coconut milk etc. Likewise, to prepare for the English paper of the General Certificate of Education or Senior High School Diploma, you will need to know a number of basic English words. These words are listed in this book and each word is explained in details to indicate its meaning beyond any doubt.

Each word is used in a full sentence to indicate its meaning beyond any doubt. Speak and write Standard English. Command respect and admiration, be confident and effective. Express your ideas clearly.

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