Common Mistakes and Confusing Words in English

stuff/ thing (s)
Stuff as a noun "stuff" can be used to describe any articles, material, or even activity.
For example: "He is so messy, he has left all his stuff lying around."
"I've got so much stuff to do, I'll never finish it all!"
As a verb "to stuff" means to fill something tightly.
For example: "We stuffed the chicken with sage and onion stuffing."
Thing can be used to refer to anything you don't want to, or can't give a specific name to.
For example "Where is that wooden thing I was using?"
The plural of thing is things.
For example: "They say those things will do all the work in the future, but I think I'll be retired by then."
Stuff can be things and things can be stuff, but stuff is uncountable, whereas things are countable. If you have so many things that you can't count them all, and you have to stuff them all into cupboards and boxes, you probably have too much stuff.

The English Corner 

apple-pie order
If something is in apple-pie order, it is well organized or in perfect order.
They made sure the house was in apple-pie order before their parents arrived back home. 
bee in one's bonnet
Someone who has a bee in their bonnet has an idea which constantly occupies their thoughts.
She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York.
cook somebody's goose
To cook somebody's goose means to spoil that person's chances of success.
When the burglar saw the police car arriving, he realized his goose was cooked!
dust bunnies
Dust bunnies are clumps of dust, usually found on the floor, in corners or under furniture, in places where the housework is not done regularly.
The house hadn't been cleaned in weeks.  There were dust bunnies everywhere.

Phrasal Verbs

A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb. Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order with their meaning and an example of use.

throw away-

Discard as useless or unwanted.
You can throw away that book - it's a load of rubbish!

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