Plum Plumb Plume

Pronunciation | Vocabulary | Confusables


No matter how good your English grammar and vocabulary may be, if your pronunciation is so bad that nobody can understand a word you say, then your English won't be much good as a means of communication. You might be good at grammar, have a broad vocabulary, and be able to explain all the aspects and tenses of English, but it's not much good if you can't be understood when you speak. I have designed these Activities to help you to improve your pronunciation, as well as other areas of your English.


Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.


Certain words in English are so alike that they confuse even native English speakers. Words like their and there for instance are often confused. The Activities here look in detail at some of the most common confusable words and give you plenty of explanation into how to use them correctly as well as plenty of exercises to help you avoid making mistakes in the future. 

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Words that begin with plum* have some radically different pronunciations which confuses a lot of students. This lesson came from a request by Spyridon, a student of mine in Australia, who was perplexed by the pronunciation. I created this lesson to make sure that nobody need ever be confused by these words again. The lesson contains the most common plum* words including, plum, plumage, plumb, plumber, plumbery, plumbic, plumbing, plume, plumed, plummet, plummy, plumose, plump, plumper, plumule, and plumy. Listen to me pronouncing each word and do the exercises to make sure you learn, remember, and use them correctly from now on.

Here are all the words in English beginning with plum: plum | plum duff | plum duffs | plum pudding | plum puddings | plum sauce | plum sauces | plum tomato | plum tomatoes | plum tree | plum trees | plumage | plumaged | plumages | plumate | plumb | plumb bob | plumb bobs | plumb level | plumb levels | plumb line | plumb lines | plumb rule | plumb rules | plumbable | Plumbaginaceae | plumbaginaceous | Plumbaginales | plumbaginous | plumbago | Plumbago europaea | plumbagos | plumbate | plumbates | plumbed | plumbeous | plumber | plumberies | plumbers | plumbery | plumbic | plumbing | plumbing fixture | plumbing fixtures | plumbing system | plumbing systems | plumbings | plumbism | plumbisms | plumbly | plumbness | plumbous | plumbs | plumcot | plumcot tree | plumcot trees | plumcots | plume | plume grass | plume grasses | plume poppies | plume poppy | plume thistle | plume thistles | plumed | plumed scorpionfish | plumed thistle | plumed thistles | plumed tussock | plumed tussocks | plumelike | Plumeria | Plumeria acutifolia | Plumeria alba | plumes | plume-tipped | plum-fruited yew | plum-fruited yews | plumier | Plumiera | plumiest | pluminess | pluming | plumlike | plummet | plummeted | plummeting | plummets | plummier | plummiest | plumminess | plummy | plumose | plumosely | plumoseness | plump | plump down | plump for | plump in | plump out | plump up | plumped | plumped for | plumped in | plumped out | plumped up | plumper | plumpest | plumping | plumping for | plumping in | plumping out | plumping up | plumpish | plumpishly | plumpishness | plumply | plumpness | plumps | plumps down | plumps for | plumps in | plumps out | plumps up | plums | plumule | plumules | plumy | plum-yew | plum-yew families | plum-yew family | plum-yews. 

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