Easy English mix-ups: knew & new

Easy English mix-ups: knew & new

We knew that these words might be new for you, so we are going to help you get to know these new words and hopefully help with any confusion you might have.

I bet that last sentence sounds confusing when you read it out loud. Therefore you might have guessed that our easy mix-up of this week is ‘knew’ and ‘new’. Both words are pronounced the same (the ‘k’ in ‘knew’ is silent) but have two different meanings.

Let’s begin with ‘knew’.

This is the past tense of the verb ‘to know’. It is used when you were aware of something or had knowledge of something. An example would be when you ‘knew’ an answer to a question that the teacher asked, but as soon as the teacher called your name you forget the answer. That’s when you might use the phrase “I knew it”.

Now let’s take a look at ‘new’.

This is an adjective used to describe something that has never been seen before, or never been done before. An example of when you could use this word is when you start a lesson that you have not done before, making it “a new lesson”.

So for next time, remember if you are talking about something that you had knowledge of in the past, you will use ‘knew’. If you are talking about something fresh or different that you’re experiencing for the first time, then you will use ‘new’.

Since both pronunciations are exactly the same, it can be confusing to know which word you are using. To help, here are some practice sentences:

1. I bought a _______ dress.

a. knew

b. new

2. I ______ the car was used

a. knew

b. new

3. She ______ that the car was _______.

a. knew; new

b. new: knew

4. The lesson was _______ for me.

a. knew

b. new

Answers: B, A, A, B

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