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Confused Words | Aural and Oral


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Although the words aural and oral have nearly the same pronunciation, they have different meanings. The term aural is related to the ear or the sense of hearing. Oral, however, is related to the mouth.

Aural or Oral?

aural

The word aural is an adjective. It refers to sounds perceived by the ear. The term comes from Latin auris (ear) + -al.

Examples:

  • Aural rehabilitation is the process of identifying and diagnosing a hearing loss.
  • Some people prefer visual learning to aural learning

oral

The word oral is an adjective and it is related to speaking.

synonyms: spoken, verbal, unwritten, vocal, uttered, said...

Examples:

  • She passed her oral exams.
  • He didn't sign the contract. It was only an oral agreement about the deal.

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