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Similar but Different Adjectives

These adjectives seem similar, but they can be quite different. Check that you understand their meanings.
VERB SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT PAIRS NOUN SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT PAIRS

AWE

It was an awesome movie.  having a great quality, inspiring
It was an awful movie.  having a terrible quality

CHILD

It was childish behavior  (behaviour)having immature behavior, negative
It was childlike behavior.  qualities like a child, positive

DEPEND

We have two dependent children. needing someone for care
We have two dependable children.  having a nature of completing promises
 

CONFIDE

We are confident about winning.  sure [L.confidere]
The message is confidentialprivate  [L. confidenti]

LAUGH

The laughing child was playing.  having a good nature
The laughable car was powered with tequila.  impossible to be serious about
 

CRISP

It is a crisp day, today.  cool and dry
It is a crispy cracker.   thin and crunchy (makes a pleasant sound )

LIGHT

She has light hair.  a natural quality
She has lightened hair. an unnatural/changed quality
 

FUN

We had a fun time at the movies.  amusing
We saw a funny movie. causing laughter
 

LOVE

He is a loving son.  having a quality of giving love
He is a lovable son.  having a nature of attracting love
 

TACT

The general made a tactical advance.  military move [L. tacticus]
He is a tactful politician.  having skills handling situations  [L. tactus]

tact (n.) – skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations

SELECT   

He is selective a boo ut what he eats. having a quality of being choosy, picky
They are selling selected items. particular, carefully chosen
Select people can live there. a small number, exclusive, wealthy

TASTE

Your food is tasty having a good taste
You are a tasteful dresser.  having good judgment for fashion

SENSE

He is a sensible person.  reasonable [sensibilis]
He is a sensitive person.   easily irritated or hurt [L. sensitivus]

WORTH  

He is a worthy competitor. 
He is a worthless competitor.

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