Defuse vs Diffuse - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


This video covers the difference between 'defuse' and 'diffuse'. Their similar spelling and pronunciation make them a word pair that is often confused. The word 'defuse' refers to the action of making a situation less harmful or tense, whereas 'diffuse' means to spread over a wide area. Watch the video for detailed examples on the two words.

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I think this lesson was new to me to see the breakdown and proper usage of conditionals and reported speech. I find it to be informative to see the graph of direct speech to reported speech. It showed a very detailed structure of how to transition from one present form to a past form. I think that native speakers would still have difficulty to deliver a reported speech using the proper grammar. And I would agree with this content that English learners may have trouble trying to see where can they differentiate for given situations.