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11 reasons why the English language is difficult to learn

INSIDER Logo By Talia Lakritz of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 12: 
  If you clip something, are you cutting it or attaching it
  together? If something is transparent, is it invisible or
  obvious? The answer, confusingly, could be either one.

  A "contronym" is a word that has two contradictory meanings, and
  the 
  English language
  is full of them.

English is full of contronyms — words that have two opposite meanings.

If you clip something, are you cutting it or attaching it together? If something is transparent, is it invisible or obvious? The answer, confusingly, could be either one.

A "contronym" is a word that has two contradictory meanings, and the English language is full of them.

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