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TermDefinition
their possessive form of they
there in or to a particular place that is not where you are
they're they are (contraction)
then at a particular time in the past or future
than used when comparing two things, people, situations etc
it's it is (contraction)
its possessive form of it
you're you are (contraction)
your possessive form of you
affect (V) to do something that produces an effect or change in something or in someone’s situation
effect (N) a change that is caused by an event, action etc
loose (ADJ) not tight
lose (V) to not win a game, argument, election, war etc
dessert (N) sweet food served after the main part of a meal
desert (N) a large area of land where it is always very dry, there are few plants, and there is a lot of sand or rocks
principal (N) American English someone who is in charge of a school OR (ADJ) most important
principle (N) a moral rule or belief about what is right and wrong, that influences how you behave
bare (ADJ) naked, not covered, or empty
bear (N) a large strong animal with thick fur, that eats flesh, fruit, and insects OR (V) to bravely accept or deal with a painful, difficult, or upsetting situation
beer (N) an alcoholic drink made from malt and hops
advice (N) an opinion you give someone about what they should do
advise (V) to tell someone what you think they should do, especially when you know more than they do about something
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