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Are you tasty or testy ?

Tasty or Testy

Are you tasty or testy ?
This question may sound offensive to a female, because sometimes and some men not all men use the word tasty for sexually attractive women.                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Tasty (Adj.)

Tasty is an an adjective from noun taste it means having a strong and pleasant flavour.
tasty food,
tasty pizza, tasty mango, etc.

Testy (Adj.)

Testy means easily annoyed or irritated; a testy man can easily became angry.
Lalu's sons are very testy with the media.
Old men are testy.

Mind Trick:
Relate the word Testy with Test. "Tests are always annoying; we became irritated or testy because of Tests." Always relate the word testy with test, and you can easily memorize the meaning of the word Testy.  "If test irritate you, you are testy with test."

 In a nutshell
Be aware of a and e in the word: tasty and testy respectively. If you displaced the words, you would totally change the meaning of a sentence.

Use over time for: tasty, testy
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Alimony, Palimony and Maintenance

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We tend to use single word for different contexts when they have very subtle difference in their meanings. Here we learn about such three words: alimony, palimony and maintenance.

Alimony (N)

Money that a court orders somebody to pay regularly to their former wife or husband when the marriage is ended.
The court directed the actor to pay Rs 8 lakh as alimony.

Palimony (N)

Money that a court orders somebody to pay regularly to a former partner when they have lived together without being married.
Ex-lover of Salman Khan demanded palimony.

Maintenance (N)

Money that somebody must pay regularly to their former wife, husband or partner, especially when they have had children together.

Hrithik Roshan's estranged wife, Sussanne, demands Rs 400 crores as a maintenance.

In a nutshell
Palimony is paying money to their former partner living in relationship but not married.
Alimony is paying money to their former wife or husband when they have no child.
Maintenance is paying money to their former wife or husband especially when they have child.

Some time, Sometime, Sometimes

Some time or Sometime or Sometimes

Most of the students, oftentimes, don't know how to use these words correctly. The reason is they don't try to gain proper meaning of these words. In this post we shall know the meaning and usages of these words.                                                                                 

Some time

Some time means an indefinite period or time, as some means not definite.
You can take some time to solve this equation.
Salman Khan needs some time to prove himself.
Some time ago, Modi reached India.

Sometime (Adv./Adj.)

As an adverb, Sometime means unspecified point in time. It doesn't tell when or which time.
We shall go there together sometime.
I must meet Salman Khan sometime.

As an adjective, Sometime is used to refer to what somebody used to be or what somebody does occasionally.
I am a sometime writer. (write occasionally)
A sometime accountant. (Used to be a accountant but not now)

Sometimes (Adv.)

Sometimes is an adverb. It means occasionally rather than all of the time, now and then, on certain occasions or in certain cases but not always
Sometimes I read novel. (occasionally)
We all make mistakes sometimes. (not all of the time)
She sometimes writes letter to me. (now and then)

Regard vs Regards With Mnemonic

                 Regard vs Regards


As a verb, Regard means "to think about somebody/something in a particular way, to look at somebody/something in a particular way" .(according to Oxford)
Narendra Modi is highly regarded by the people of India. (have high opinion of him among the people of India)

Trump regards Modi as a friend. (consider Modi as a friend)

As a noun, Regard means "care or concern for someone or something, respect or admiration for somebody". (according to Oxford)
Pakistan has no regard for India. (doesn't care about India)


But Regards (with extra "s") in a plural form means good wishes; it is used to send good wishes to somebody at the end of a letter.

Such as, With kind regards, Yours..
               Send them my regards, .......
               Give my regards to my mother, etc.

Mind Trick
 We have very simple mnemonic for Regards. Just think about last "s" and connect this "s" with the word wishes, as it has also a "s" at the last. This way you can memorize the difference between Regard and Regards.

Envelop Vs Envelope with Memory Trick

                       Envelop vs Envelope                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 Envelope (N)

  • a flat paper container used for writing and sending letters in
  • an enclosing cover for a letter, card, etc.
  1. She demanded envelopes to write letter to her husband.

Envelop (V)
  • to wrap something or somebody up or cover them or it completely
  1. Darkness envelop the whole village.
  2. She enveloped the baby in a towel.

Memory Trick:
The words Envelop and Envelope have one-letter difference that is "e"; With the help of this extra "e", we can learn that the word Envelope with "e" is related with paper as both words have "e" at their end.
Envelope = Paper for letter

Confusing pairs: in time vs on time, in the way vs on the way, and more.

in time vs on time                 in the beginning vs at the beginning                  in the end vs at the end                                      in the way vs on the way

in time vs on time

    in time 
  • early enough; not late
  • with enough time to be able to do something
  1. PM comes to the office in time.
  2. The ambulance should come in time to save life.

    on time 
  • punctually; at the correct moment
  1. You should try to be there on time.
  2. They have to pay all the dues on time.

in the beginning vs at the beginning

    in the beginning
  • at first and suggests a contrast with a later situation means at first, then and then next...
  1. In the beginning, our firm was very small and then start to rise.
  2. In the beginning you just write and then start editing it.

    at the beginning
  • time and place when something begins
  1. We are going to Japan at the beginning of July.
  2. A poem was recited at the beginning of the wedding ceremony.

in the end vs at the end

    in the end
  • finally; after a long period of time or series of events
  1. Dhoni tried various jobs and in the end became a cricketer.
  2. I tried many times but succeeded in the end.
    at the end
  • tell about the position of something or somebody
  • similar to "in the end" meaning everything is considered
  1. There must be a ladies only compartment at the end of the train. (tell about the position, i.e, end)
  2. At the end, the moral of story is Slow and Steady wins the race. (everything is considered)

in the way vs on the way

in the way
  • blocking the way
  1. You are coming in my way. (you are blocking me)
  2. His head was in the way of my view.
in a way means manner (Not "the")

    on the way
  • on a journey
  • the route, direction or path to somewhere
  1. Cinema hall is on the way home. (on my home route)
  2. My friends and I are on the way.

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Proper usages of different prepositions with the same word

made of and made from             angry at and angry with            agree to and agree with                   accommodate to and accommodate with                          anxious about and anxious to  
                                 die of and die from                           think of and think up
              useful to and useful for                       afraid of and afraid to

made of and made from

made of 
  • Use made of when the original materials or any substances have not been completely changed and we can still see them.
  1. Pencil is made of wood.
  2. All the furniture was made of wood.
made from
  • Use made from when the original materials or substances have been completely changed and cannot be recognized.
  1. Wine is made from water and grapes.
  2. Bricks are made from clay.

angry at and angry with

angry at 
  • Use angry at something that one does.
  1. My father is angry at my playing cricket.
  2. He felt angry at the injustice of the situation.
angry with
  • Use angry with a person 
  1. Boss is angry with his employees.
  2. Angry birds are angry with the pegs.

agree to and agree with

agree to 
  • agree to something means be willing to accept or allow something
  1. CM has agreed to our proposal.
  2. Public will agree to the building of dam.
agree with
  • agree with somebody or something means have the same opinion
  1. All my friends agree with me.
  2. He agree with his statement.

 accommodate to and accommodate with

accommodate to 
  • accommodate something to something means to change something's or someone's behavior so that something or someone can deal with a new situation better
  1. They have to accommodate themselves to poverty.
  2. I needed to accommodate to the new schedule.
accommodate with
  • accommodate somebody with something means to help somebody by doing what they want
  1. Teachers accommodate student with a pen.
  2. Poor are accommodated with money.

anxious about and anxious to

anxious about
  • anxious about something means worried or nervous about that thing
  1. She seemed to be anxious about the meeting with her. 
  2. Parents are always anxious about their son's health.
anxious to  
  • anxious to something means want to do something very much

  1. He is anxious to get a job.
  2. Bikers are anxious to ride.

die of and die from

die of
  • Use die of when someone dies because of disease or illness
  1. Our Prime Minister died of heart attack.
  2. Many people have died of malaria.
die from
  • Use die from when someone dies because of  other accidents like pollution, wound, violence, car crashes than disease or illness.
  1. Our children died from violence.
  2. Many birds die from pollution.
Note :
You can write- Many died from diseases, but you cannot write- many died of diseases. We should name the disease, e.g, cancer, malaria, typhoid whenever you write died of. 
Many died from diseases. ✔
Many died of diseases. 
Many died of cancer. ✔

think of and think up

think of
  • think of something or somebody means to have an image or idea of something or somebody in your mind
  • think of means to produce a plan, idea or suggestion by thinking

  1. I always think of my mother.
  2. Think of the days when you were a boy.

think up
  • think up means to dream or to create something new in your mind

  1. I always think up about my plan.
  2. If you think down, you will go down. If you think up, you will go up.

useful to and useful for

useful to
  • Use useful with preposition to for a person
  1. This tool is useful to me.
  2. The English grammar book is useful to Rohit.
useful for
  • Use useful with preposition for when you mean purpose.
  1. This gun is very useful for killing wild animals.
  2. Mobile is useful for calling somebody.

afraid of and afraid to

afraid of
  • be afraid of doing something means be worried or anxious about something which might happen.
  1. Most criminals are afraid of being caught.
  2. Animals are afraid of being killed.
  3. Students are afraid of failure.
afraid to
  • be afraid to do something means be unwilling to do something because you are frightened about what may happen.
  1. He loves her, but he is afraid to ask.
  2. Young entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks.

Memory vs Souvenir vs Memoir

                                                Memory vs Souvenir vs Memoir
Many of us don't know the proper meaning of these words; Owing to this, we mistake these words. To minimize the mistake, we must know the proper meaning and usage of these words. Most of the time we wrongly use the single word "memory" for different context.                                                                                                                                   

A look on Common errors on these words:

Ghandhi used to write his memories. 
Ghandhi used to write his memoirs. ✔
I was given a pen as a memory. 
I was given a pen as a Souvenir. 

Here is Explanation:

Memory (N)
  • a thought of something that you remember from the past
  • the store of things learned and retained from past experience

  1. Successful people have long memories.
  2. Political leaders have selective memory.

Memoir (N)
  • an account written by somebody, especially somebody famous, about their life and experiences

  1. He has published a long memoir about those years.
  2. After a long time, the memoir of Subhash was published.

Souvenir (N)
  • something that is kept as a reminder of a place you have visited, an event you have been to, etc.
  • a thing that you buy or obtain in a particular place and keep to remind yourself of a place, an occasion or holiday

  1. I keep my pen as a souvenir.
  2. Dhoti is a souvenir of my trip to India.

In a Nutshell                               
Memory is used for expressing thought or past experience. 
Memoir is used like biography of somebody. 
Souvenir is a tangible thing that reminds you something.

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I loathe loath people; meaning of loathe, and loath.

                                                             Loathe vs Loath
    Many of us get confused by the spelling of loathe and loath.
                      Now vocabeasy has a trick.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Loathe (V)
  • to hate
  • to dislike somebody or something very much
  1. He loathe his father.
  2. I loathe reading English books.

Loath (Adj.)
  • not willing to do something
  • disinclined, unwilling, reluctant
  1. He was loath to admit his mistakes.
  2. He was loath to go his school.

Learn the difference between Loathe and Loath

Mind Trick:
As we have learned, the meaning of loathe is to hate; with the word hate, we can recognize the meaning of loathe: to hate, as both words have "e" at the end.
And loath (without e) means not wanting or willing to do something.

Calender vs Calendar-- Learn with Mind Trick

                                 Calender vs Calendar                                                                                                                                                     
These two words look like a clone: they have almost same spelling , same pronunciation; One can't differentiate them in the first sight. But, vocabeasy has a trick that helps one differentiate them. 

Calender (N/V)
  • a machine that smooths paper or cloth by pressing it between plates or passing it through
  • press between rollers or plates so as to smooth and glaze into sheets (V)

Calendar (N)
  • a page or series of pages showing the days, weeks and months or a particular year, especially one that you hang on a wall

Mind Trick:
  • Scrutinizing the words: Calender and Calendar, you find letters "e" and "a" after "d" respectively, which can help differentiate them. 
  • In the word Calendar, we see letter a after d; As the word day has a after d, the same way, the word calendar also has a after d; this can help us learn that the word calendar that has a after d tells about dayand the word calender that has e after d tells about machine.