POWER or STRENGTH? 💪🏼 Confusing English Vocabulary


Hello I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! In this lesson, I’m going to talk about two very similar English words. Power and strength. They’re both bold, strong, serious words and very similar in their meaning. But if you use these words incorrectly, it will start to sound unnatural or just a bit weird. So that’s why we’re going to spend a little time today talking about the differences between them. Now we’re more familiar with these words when it comes to fitness, right? Power relates to energy and an ability to do something, whereas strength relates to muscles and also an ability to do something. It’s really easy to see physical power and strength in athletes, right? You can see it. But they both have a more intangible, less visible meaning too. And that’s where these words often get confused by English learners. So the word power refers to the ability of somebody or something to change or affect something. So physically, a sprinter, who’s someone who runs really fast over short distances, they need power to change their speed and position quickly. But it can refer to mechanical situations as well, where a machine does something. Or it can refer to social or political situations where a person or a group does something and this is often related to the ability to influence or control people or a situation. Now, power can also refer to your internal ability to change a situation. You have the power to change your life if you really want to. Now the word strength has a few different meanings but most relevant here is that it refers to a person’s physical or mental ability to do something. Obviously, it relates to physical strength, the strength of muscles to lift weights for example. But also mental strength, so the strength of your mind to believe in yourself, to persevere, to overcome problems and doubts. Now, elite athletes are strong physically and mentally because they must believe that they are the best, to be able to perform at their best. When describing people’s ability to do something, power usually refers to control over yourself, control over others or control over a situation. So in some ways, this can be a negative expression of dominance or something that must be fought for or taken away from others. Where strength is positive and often it comes from within, within a person or within a group. Generally, strength is a more positive and pure way of expressing an ability to do something. Both the words power and strength are nouns but just as common, are their adjective forms, powerful and strong, which, when used, tend to sound a little more informal. She’s a strong and determined woman. This is the most powerful and proactive government since the 1950s. Strength can also mean an advantage or a positive part about you. In a job interview, you might get asked this question, “What are your strengths?” For me, that’s the dreaded question! I hate having to talk about my strengths. But what are the good features or characteristics that you have? That you’ll be able to use to help you do your job well. One of her biggest strengths is her determination to succeed. Keep in mind that strength has a direct opposite. Weakness. We need to identify the weaknesses in our team. But power does not have a direct opposite. We would just say lack of power or describe someone as powerless, unable to change a situation. The community were powerless to stop the resort development. Well, that’s it! If you enjoyed this lesson, there are plenty more coming, just like it. So make sure you subscribe to my channel just down there. And make sure that you’re getting all of my new lessons but you can just keep watching right now. Here are a couple of other lessons from my collection. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next week. Bye for now!

100 Replies to “POWER or STRENGTH? 💪🏼 Confusing English Vocabulary”

  1. Congratulations for the 900 thousand subscribers. you deserve much more. You are an excellent teacher. and you are a beautiful lady….
    I want to marry you…….love you too much gorgeous lady…will you marry me Emma ???? Answer please…..

  2. I really enjoyed this lesson.Basically I cleared about the meanings and utilisation both of words. I have power that I can developing my English speaking level. Thank you Emma for your stronger meaningful and great explanation about POWER AND STRENGTH. …..Waiting for watching next lessons.My honorable English teacher..My country is Bangladesh. I am watching from Rome Italy. Bye for now

  3. I love your voice ! I don't know if my english is better each day but i'm sure one thing! I'm in love with your voice 😍. Your boyfriend is lucky .

  4. I cant Thank you enough for what you do, keep with the Great work, I think you are the best teacher I could ever have.

  5. Thank you, Emma, this video was for me like a present to my 75th birthday I've been celebrating two days ago. I can use these power very well to continue improving my English.

  6. Hello my dear teacher! I have a dream become an English teacher like you!! Have an amazing day ahead!

  7. Hello Emma! I discovered your channel yesterday and I'm so glad your videos were recommended to me, you do an amazing job. 🙂 I don't know if you've covered this topic already (I'll make sure to have a proper look!), but could you tell us more about the "r" pronunciation please and when it is correct to lose it in the end of words? I'd like my accent to sound more natural. Thanks in advance! 😊

  8. Your explanation is outstanding. The way you explain helps the people to understand it correctly and rapidly. Thank you so much Emma. You have a nice name actually.

  9. Let me also add the verbs: to make give someone strength is to strengthen them. To give someone power is to empower them.

  10. I always enjoy watching your videos and I'm very interested to learn because your explanation in each word or sentence is very easy to understand. Very nice teacher!

  11. Hello mam emmm, i am begnner how to where is use the when n their ,them I need to basic English grammar n like a when ,where ,their, all are W related n so many like T n pronouns ,trajection, preposition n plz make vedio all r this vedio

  12. Congratulations, Emma!
    I love your teaching.I have bought your Imitate lessons. I will keep on supporting you and your channel.
    One sentence In this episode maybe have a small mistake, I think it should "One of her biggest strengths is her determination to succeed." Is it right?

  13. Thank you very much for the lesson my beautiful teacher…. You are not just good looking, but also very smart and nice…

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