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Saturday, January 03, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Conscious or Conscientious?

A conscious person is awake or aware of his/her surroundings:

He was in a coma after the car accident, but now he’s fully conscious (adjective).

That person regained his consciousness (noun); he can now use his senses and mental abilities.
The opposite of conscious is unconscious. This adjective is usually used to describe loss  of senses and lack of connection with surroundings following an injury or accident.

A conscientious person is a self-disciplined person who perfroms the tasks as well as s/he can. That person is guided by his/her consience (noun), feelings helping to decide what’s right or wrong.
The opposite of conscientious is unconscientious or careless.

Choose: conscious, consciousness, conscientious, or conscience?

1. I did all I could - I have a clear _________.

2. He bumped his head against the tree and lost his _________.

3. They gave me a local anasthetic, so that I was completely _________ during my surgery.

4. Cindy is a __________ worker, she performs her duties with great effort and to the best of her abilities.

Answer Key:

1. conscience 2. consciousness 3. conscious 4. conscientious
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 10:31 PM
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 AT 2:58 PM
shaheen said:
this was very helpful since i have long been confused about these two terms...thank u .....and there is some spelling correction...hope pple dont take in wrong information.. consiousness-consciousness consience-conscience there is a C in between that's it...thanks again!

Thursday, July 26, 2012 AT 3:05 PM
Ai Leen said:
I think that you committed a mistake when you typed conscientious and unconscientious.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 AT 12:36 PM
Solange said:
I know exactly how you feel about tainkg student's money feeling as if you haven't delivered. Although I've been tutoring Japanese adults for more than full time for the past 6 years, a majority of my adult clients have very little motivation and defeatist attitudes towards English acquisition. Your post however, made me realize that the ones who study twice a week seem to have progressed exponentially more than the ones who only study once a week (even if it is despite themselves). I'm going to have to suggest that they come more often.By the way, do you have any magic for motivating students, especially middle aged ones, to want to study?Also, how do you deal with student's lack of retention of the material that you have presented in spite of numerous reviews? Chip

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