Incorrect spelling, explanation: a common mistake made by both learners and native speakers of English is to spell the word challenge as
challange – there is an -a letter instead of an -e letter, which is wrong. It’s probably the result of the fact that the pronunciation of the word doesn’t clearly suggest whether it is an -e or an -a. Therefore, remember that the only correct pronunciation is challenge.
Correct spelling, explanation: challenge is a word of very interesting history as its meaning has completely changed over the centuries. The origin of challenge can be found in the Latin word calumnia, which meant calumny. Then, it entered Old French in the form of chalenge, and finally, it entered English in the times of Middle English. Back then, it already had the form challenge, but it used to mean accusation.
Definition of challenge:
1. noun – something difficult that we need to face;
Being a manager of such a big group of people is quite a challenge, but I think she’ll be successful.
2. noun – an invitation to take part in some competitive activity, often just for fun;
Twenty hamburgers in one hour? I like this challenge.
3. verb – to invite somebody to take part in a competitive activity;
John has challenged me to a game of tennis.
Collocations with challenge:
Some common collocations include: exciting challenge, intellectual challenge, accept a challenge;
Of course, I’m afraid of climbing Mount Everest, but at the same time, it is such an exciting challenge.
I’m poor at Math so even a simple calculation often becomes an intellectual challenge to me.
I accepted his challenge of losing weight and now I go to the gym three times a week.
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