Common Mistakes : Assassinate

Common Mistakes : Assassinate

Common Mistakes : Assassinate


.BAD: He was charged with assassinating a taxi-driver

.GOOD: He was charged with murdering a taxi-driver

Choosing the right word: GENERAL WORDS and EXACT WORDS

Some words have a general meaning, e.g. big, beautiful, good, say, make, kill . These words are useful, especially when you begin to learn English, because you can make use of them in a wide range of situations

A big meal, a big kitchen, a big mistake etc

For each general word, however, there is usually another word or phrase which comes closer to what you want to say, and which may also sound more natural in the context

A substantial meal, a spacious kitchen, a serious mistake etc

A major step towards fluency in English is getting to know plenty of exact words which can replace the more general words you have learned. Here are some words which can be used instead of the general word kill

Murder To murder someone is to kill them deliberately and unlawfully

.The key witness was murdered before he could testify

.A person who does this is a murderer

Massacre Massacre is used when you talk about the deliberate killing of a large number of people, especially people who cannot defend themselves

.Whole native populations were massacred when the European settles arrived

Slaughter Slaughter is used when you talk about the deliberate killing of a large number of people, especially in a particularly cruel way

.Men ran through the village burning houses and slaughtering anyone that got in their way

To slaughter an animal is to kill it for its meat, skin etc, or as part of a religious ceremony

.The children couldn’t understand why the cattle had to be slaughtered

Execute To execute someone (or put someone to death is to kill someone as a punishment, according to the law

.King Charles I was executed on 30th January 1639

Assassinate To assassinate someone is to deliberately kill a very famous or important person such as a political leader

.President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth

.A person who does this is an assassin

Commit suicide To commit suicide (or take your own life ) is to deliberately kill yourself

.Rather than be taken prisoner, they preferred to commit suicide

Destroy To destroy an animal (or have it put down/to sleep ) is to kill in a way that does not cause pain, especially because it is sick or injured

.The cat had developed cancer and had to be destroyed

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