Commonly Confused Words for Trust

Trust? Confident? Conscious? Conscientiousness? These words can be confusing for English students. Let’s figure it out together.

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Read the definitions and examples, and try using the words in your own Present Perfect and Past Perfect sentences.

To believe that something is true or safe, or that someone is honest, reliable, and well intentioned
Verb: I trust you to do the right thing.
Noun: Trust is essential in a good relationship.

Able to be trusted or worthy of trust, honest, dependable and reliable
Adjective: Our leaders must be trustworthy if we are to have a peaceful world.

To have trust is something or someone
Noun: Do you have confidence in your government’s ability to avoid corruption by defense contractors?

Belief in one’s own abilities and worth
Noun: People with self-confidence are more likely to stand up for what they believe in.

To have self-confidence / to trust in someone or something
Adjective: The peace activist was confident and well spoken.
Adjective: We are confident that we will be able to reach an agreement.

To notice or be aware of something / to be awake and knowing what is happening
Adjective: We are conscious of the need for more equity in our community.
Adjective: The soldier was injured, but conscious.

Adjective: Excessively aware of being observed
Some people are too self-conscious to speak up about injustice.

Guided by your conscience and a sense of what is right / meticulous and careful
Adjective: Conscientious citizens listen to each other, even when they disagree.
Adjective: What a conscientious student you are, to be learning these new words!

An resolution where both sides reduce their demands to reach an agreement / a reduction in moral standards
Verb: We are glad that we were able to reach a compromise
Noun: The compromise was acceptable to both parties.
Verb: The politicians were not willing to compromise their ethics.

a promise or firm decision
Noun: We must make a commitment to world peace.

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