Grammar Rules: Understanding the Difference between Commonly Confused Verbs

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Understanding Commonly Confused Verbs

Understanding Verbs

English is a complex language, a fact that you will learn in your PTE Academic review sessions. However as complicated it is, JRooz’s PTE Academic teachers ensure that you will learn it the simplest way possible and acquire competence and confidence in using it in any discourse –whether written or verbal.

One fundamental topic that you need to master is the use of verbs. Verbs are words that express an action or a state of being. It has different categories that will be further discussed by in your classes in the PTE review center Makati.

Commonly Confused Verbs

  1. MAKE pertains to creation or formation of a physical object, food, reaction, action, or sound.

    Example:          The child makes good crafts.

    They make it hard to finish one writing exercise.

    If you study well, it will not make any difference for sure.


    DO pertains to activities that indicate nonspecific action.

    Example:          The students to do their homework after lunch.

    Do you believe that you can ace the exam?

    Do well and feel good.

  2. LIE means to rest or not to tell the truth.

    Example:          She lied to me.

    Lie on the sofa you can rest for a while.

    All this time, the review materials were just lying on the dining table.


    LAY means to place or set down.

    Example:          Lay your notepads on the counter if you are not going to use them.

    The student laid the menu on the table.

    Lay your books on the shelf properly.

  3. SAY is used to convey information or express an opinion.

    Example:          The instructor said otherwise.

    What do you need to say?

    Please say those phrases out loud.


    TELL is used when informing or instructing someone.

    Example:          Tell your classmates to go back at once.

    I cannot tell the difference.

    Tell me your thoughts.

  4. RISE pertains to an upward movement.

    Example:          Please rise.

    The sun rises in the east.

    He has risen from bed.


    RAISE means to move to a higher position.

    Example:          Upon hearing the news, he raised his eyebrows.

    Raise your hand if you are IELTS-ready!

    Their mom raised them well.

  5. SIT means to adopt a position where your buttocks support your weight.

    Example:          Sit down.

    Please sit still.

    They say that bellies swell when you sit right after eating.


    SEAT means to position. It can also stand as a noun.

    Example:          Take a seat.

    Please be seated.

    The students are seated in front of the auditorium.

  6. CAN means “be able to” or to signify permission to perform a task.

    Example:          They can surely ace the IELTS exam.

    It is amazing how the child can read at his age.

    Can you take the dog for a walk?


    MAY is used to express possibility.

    Example:          The students may go to the lecture hall tomorrow for a group study.

    You may as well visit your college professor when you go to the city.

    May I help you?

  7. SHALL is traditionally used with 1st person point-of-view to express a firm intention.

    Example:          I shall study the PTE Speaking component tomorrow.

    We shall not stay up late because we have a mock exam tomorrow.

    I shall remain calm and confident during the interview.


    WILL is used with 2nd or 3rd point-of-view to express inevitable events.

    Example:          It will definitely pay off.

    You will go to class tomorrow and take your exam.

    He will be grateful when he sees it.

Verbs are among the fundamental topics discussed in the PTE Academic review classes. Learn more about the English language and be confident in engaging in any discourse with JRooz’s PTE review center Makati.

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