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GRAMMAR MISTAKES > Attraction > ALONE (usage) > AND relative > Broken Construction > Difficult Words > Double Negative > Each, Every, Either, Neither (usage) > First Personal Pronoun > Ellipses > Loose Participles > NONE (usage) > ONE (usage) > ONLY (usage) > Past Tense > Prespositions > Pronouns > Redundancies > Sequence of Person > Split Infinitive > Tenses > A or AN? > AM COME or HAVE COME? > BETWEEN or AMONG? > EACH OTHER or ONE ANOTHER? > EAT or ATE? > FLEE or FLY? > FURTHER or FARTHER? > IN or INTO? > LAY or LIE? > LESS or FEWER? > NEITHER or NOR? > OTHER or ANOTHER? > RISE or RAISE? > SAYS or SAID? > SUMMON or SUMMONS? > THAT or SO? > THESE or THOSE? > THIS MUCH or THUS MUCH? > THROUGH or THROUGHOUT? > UNDENIABLE or UNEXCEPTIONABLE? > VOCATION or AVOCATION? > WAS or WERE?

CONFUSING WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Writers frequently mistake words for one another because they look or sound similar. Careless pronunciation will account for such confused spellings as accept, except; affect, effect; while careless attention will lead to such misused homonyms as right for rite, manner for manor. The following list contains some of the most confusing words in the English language:



  1. accede —
  2. exceed —
  3. accept —
  4. except —
  5. access —
  6. excess —
  7. addition —
  8. edition —
  9. adherence —
  10. adherents —
  11. advice —
  12. advise —
  13. affect —
  14. effect —
  15. aisle —
  16. isle —
  17. alley —
  18. ally —
  19. allusive —
  20. elusive —
  21. illusive —
  22. altar —
  23. alter —
  24. angel —
  25. angle —
  26. apposite —
  27. opposite —
  28. assay —
  29. essay —
  30. essay —
  31. assistance —
  32. assistants —
  33. bail —
  34. bale —
  35. baron —
  36. barren —
  37. berth —
  38. birth —
  39. born —
  40. borne —
  41. bourn —
  42. bridal —
  43. bridle —
  44. canvas —
  45. canvass —
  46. carat —
  47. caret —
  48. carrot —
  49. cast —
  50. caste —
  51. cease —
  52. seize —
  53. celery —
  54. salary —
  55. capital —
  56. capitol —
  57. censer —
  58. censor —
  59. cereal —
  60. serial —
  61. chaise —
  62. chase —
  63. choler —
  64. collar —
  65. color —
  66. chord —
  67. cite —
  68. sight —
  69. site —
  70. coarse —
  71. course —
  72. collision —
  73. collusion —
  74. command —
  75. commend —
  76. complacent —
  77. complaisant —
  78. complement —
  79. compliment —
  80. confidant —
  81. confident —
  82. confidant —
  83. consul —
  84. council —
  85. counsel —
  86. core —
  87. corps —
  88. corpse —
  89. corporal —
  90. corporeal —
  91. correspondence —
  92. correspondents —
  93. correspondent —
  94. costume —
  95. custom —
  96. councilor —
  97. counselor —
  98. courtesy —
  99. curtsy —
  100. cricket —
  101. critic —
  102. critique —
  103. currant —
  104. current —
  105. cymbal —
  106. symbol —
  107. dairy —
  108. diary —
  109. decease —
  110. disease —
  111. desert —
  112. desert —
  113. dessert —
  114. device —
  115. devise —
  116. divers —
  117. diverse —
  118. dose —
  119. doze —
  120. elicit —
  121. illicit —
  122. elision —
  123. illusion —
  124. elude —
  125. illude —
  126. emerge —
  127. immerge —
  128. emigrant —
  129. immigrant —
  130. emigrate —
  131. immigrate —
  132. eminent —
  133. imminent —
  134. envelop —
  135. envelope —
  136. eruption —
  137. irruption —
  138. exercise —
  139. exorcise —
  140. extant —
  141. extent —
  142. faint —
  143. feint —
  144. fisher —
  145. fissure —
  146. formally —
  147. formerly —
  148. fort —
  149. forte —
  150. forth —
  151. fourth —
  152. gamble —
  153. gambol —
  154. gaol —
  155. goal —
  156. genius —
  157. genus —
  158. gored —
  159. gourd —
  160. gorilla —
  161. guerrilla —
  162. grisly —
  163. grizzly —
  164. higher —
  165. hire —
  166. hoarse —
  167. horse —
  168. idle —
  169. idol —
  170. idyl —
  171. impostor —
  172. imposture —
  173. incite —
  174. insight —
  175. indict —
  176. indite —
  177. ingenious —
  178. ingenuous —
  179. knight —
  180. night —
  181. later —
  182. latter —
  183. lead —
  184. lead —
  185. led —
  186. least —
  187. lest —
  188. lightening —
  189. lightning —
  190. lineament —
  191. liniment —
  192. literal —
  193. littoral —
  194. load —
  195. lode —
  196. loose —
  197. lose —
  198. magnate —
  199. magnet —
  200. maize —
  201. maze —
  202. marshal —
  203. martial —
  204. mean —
  205. mien —
  206. medal —
  207. metal —
  208. meddle —
  209. miner —
  210. minor —
  211. monetary —
  212. monitory —
  213. morning —
  214. mourning —
  215. naval —
  216. navel —
  217. odor —
  218. order —
  219. one —
  220. won —
  221. oracle —
  222. auricle —
  223. ordinance —
  224. ordnance —
  225. palate —
  226. palette —
  227. pallet —
  228. pastor —
  229. pasture —
  230. patience —
  231. patients —
  232. peace —
  233. piece —
  234. peak —
  235. pique —
  236. pedal —
  237. peddle —
  238. pendant (noun) —
  239. pendent (adj.) —
  240. persecution —
  241. prosecution —
  242. physic —
  243. physique —
  244. pillar —
  245. pillow —
  246. plain —
  247. plane —
  248. plaintiff —
  249. plaintive —
  250. poplar —
  251. popular —
  252. populace —
  253. populous —
  254. precede —
  255. proceed —
  256. precedence —
  257. precedents —
  258. preposition —
  259. proposition —
  260. presence —
  261. presents —
  262. principal —
  263. principle —
  264. profit —
  265. prophet —
  266. prophecy —
  267. prophesy —
  268. quiet —
  269. quite —
  270. reck —
  271. wreck —
  272. reek —
  273. wreak —
  274. relic —
  275. relict —
  276. respectfully —
  277. respectively —
  278. reveal —
  279. revel —
  280. right —
  281. rite —
  282. write —
  283. ring —
  284. wring —
  285. satire —
  286. satyr —
  287. sculptor —
  288. sculpture —
  289. series —
  290. serious —
  291. shoulder —
  292. soldier —
  293. sleight —
  294. slight —
  295. son —
  296. sun —
  297. spacious —
  298. specious —
  299. stationary —
  300. stationery —
  301. statue —
  302. stature —
  303. statute —
  304. straight —
  305. strait —
  306. subtile —
  307. subtle —
  308. suit —
  309. suite —
  310. surplice —
  311. surplus —
  312. tenor —
  313. tenure —
  314. their —
  315. there —
  316. title —
  317. tittle —
  318. to —
  319. too —
  320. two —
  321. ton —
  322. tun —
  323. track —
  324. tract —
  325. trail —
  326. trial —
  327. treaties —
  328. treatise —
  329. venal —
  330. venial —
  331. veracity —
  332. voracity —
  333. vial —
  334. viol —
  335. virtu —
  336. virtue —
  337. weak —
  338. week —
  339. weigh —
  340. whey —
  341. wet —
  342. whet —
  343. while —
  344. wile —
  345. whine —
  346. wine —
  347. white —
  348. wight —
  349. whither —
  350. wither —
  351. with —
  352. withe —
  353. woman —
  354. women
to attain; assent; agree
to surpass; excel
to receive
to exclude; not including
an admission; increase
more than enough
an increase.
the copies of a book
attachment
followers; partisans.
counsel.
to give counsel
to influence; assume.
to accomplish; result (n).
a passage in a church. isle
an island.
a narrow way in a city.
an associate.
making allusion.
baffling.
unreal.
a raised structure for sacrifice.
to change.
a supernatural being.
a corner.
suitable; well adapted to.
facing; contrary.
to test as metals.
to attempt.
a trial; a treatise.
help; succor.
those who help.
surety.
a bundle.
a rank of nobility.
unfruitful; sterile.
a boxlike sleeping place
act of being born
given birth to.
carried; endured.
a bound; goal.
a wedding; nuptial
a head harness; check.
coarse cloth.
to examine; solicit.
a unit of weight; a twenty-fourth part
a mark of omission (a).
a garden vegetable.
throw.
social class.
to stop.
to grasp.
a plant.
wages.
a top of a column; chief town; also excellent
a state house.
an incense pan.
an inspector; critic
grain.
relating to a series.
a kind of carriage
to hunt;
anger.
band for the neck.
hue.
in geometry and music cord; a string.
to summon.
vision; a view.
a situation.
not fine
passage.
a clashing.
a deceit; fraud.
order; rule.
to praise.
self-satisfied; affable.
courteous.
that which completes.
praise.
(Jem. confidante) a bosom fnend.
sure; trustful; also
a best friend; one to whom secrets or private matters are disclosed
Roman chief magistrate; also agent of a country residing abroad.
an assembly for consultation.
an adviser; advice.
central part.
a body of troops.
a dead body.
pertaining to the body.
bodily; having a body.
letter writing.
latter writers.
letter writer. corespondent
dress; apparel
usage.
a member of a council.
an adviser; a counsel; barrister.
a favor; politeness.
an obeisance.
an insect
a faultfinder; a connoisseur
a criticism of a work.
a small fruit.
a stream; now passing.
a musical instrument.
an emblem; sign.
a place where milk is made into butter.
a daily record.
death.
an illness; sickness.
a barren region
a reward or punishment;
last course of dinner
a design.
to invent.
various; sundry.
different; unlike
a measured quantity of medicine.
a light sleep
to draw out.
unlawful
suppression of a vowel or syllable.
a deceptive appearance
to escape
to deceive; mock.
to rise out of.
to plunge into.
one who removes from one country to another.
one who removes »n/oonecountryfrom another.
to go from one's country for residence.
to come into a country for residence.
distinguished; high in rank.
threatening; at hand.
to cover by folding.
an inclosing cover.
a breaking or bursting out.
a breaking or bursting into.
to train by use.
to expel evil spirits
in existence; not destroyed
space; compass.
weak; also to swoon.
a pretense.
one who fishes.
a cleft; crack.
in a formal manner.
in time past; heretofore.
a fortified place.
strong point.
out.
next after third.
to play for money; wager.
to skip about.
prison.
the winning post; aim.
a good or evil spirit; talent.
a group; a kind.
wounded with horns.
a certain plant and its fruit.
a large ape.
an irregular soldier.
horrible.
somewhat gray.
more elevated. hire
to employ a person
having a rough voice.
A large hoofed mammal.
inactive.
an image for worship.
a pastoral poem.
a cheat
a deception; fraud.
to stir up.
discernment
to accuse formally.
to compose.
skillful to contrive; inventive.
open; candid.
a lady's champion.
opposite of day.
comparative of late.
more recent.
guide.
a heavy metal.
past tense of lead.
smallest.
for fear that.
making lighter; flashing.
an electric flash.
a feature; an outline.
an oily composition for the skin.
real; not figurative.
relating to the seashore.
a burden.
a vein of ore.
not fastened or confined.
to mislay; not to win.
a noble or grandee.
the loadstone.
Indian corn.
a labyrinth.
to arrange; also an officer.
warlike.
middle point; also to intend.
appearance. medal
an engraved piece of
for reward
to interfere.
one who mines
less; also one under age.
relating to money.
giving admonition.
the first part of the day.
grieving; lamenting.
pertaining to a navy.
the center mark of the abdomen.
smell.
method.
a single unit.
gained.
inspired reply; revelation; prophet.
the external ear.
a law; regulation.
cannon; artillery.
the roof of the mouth.
a painter's color board.
a small humble bed.
a shepherd; clergyman.
land under grass for cattle.
calm endurance.
sick persons.
calm.
morsel.
the pointed top.
wounded pride.
a foot key; treadle.
to sell in a small way.
a hanging ornament.
suspended; hanging.
state of being injured.
act of prosecuting.
a medicine; purge.
the natural physical structure.
a column; support.
a cushion.
clear; simple; also level ground.
a flat surface.
complainant in a lawsuit.
sad; mournful.
a tree
well-liked
the common people
thickly peopled.
to go before.
to go forward.
a going before.
previous cases; authoritative examples.
a part of speech: particle.
that which is proposed.
the being present; also mien.
things presented.
chief; head; money at interest.
a rule; tenet; truth.
gain.
one who prophesies.
a prediction.
to predict; foretell.
still.
altogether.
to care
ruin.
steam; smoke.
inflict.
remains.
a widow or widower.
with respect
severally
to lay bare or open.
to enjoy with freedom.
proper.
ceremony.
inscribe.
circle.
twist..
lampoon; sarcasm.
sylvan deity.
an artist in sculpture.
the art of carving stone
a succession of things.
grave; deeply impressed
part of the body
an enlisted man.
a trick.
slender; also an indignity
a male descendant
a luminary
having ample space
showy; plausible
fixed; not moving
writing materials
a carved image
natural height
a law.
direct; not crooked
narrow.
thin; not dense; delicate
sly; cunning; discerning.
a set or outfit; petition.
a retinue; set of rooms.
an outer linen robe
an excess.
a course; also high male voice.
conditions of holding real estate.
possessive of they.
yonder.
a heading; epithet; appellation; claim
a particle.
opposite of from; sign of the infinitive.
also.
twice one.
a large weight.
a large cask
the traces left; a road
a region; expanse; essay.
path; also to drag.
attempt.
agreements
a formal composition
purchasable
excusable; not heinous
truthfulness
ravenousness.
a small bottle.
a musical instrument.
objects of art.
moral excellence; efficacy
feeble.
seven days
to ascertain the weight of.
the watery part of milk
moistened; to make moist.
to sharpen; stimulate
a space of time.
a sly artifice: stratagem
a plaintive nasal sound; also to complain.
fermented grape juice
a color
a creature; man.
to what place.
to fade; dry up.
a preposition
a flexible twig
singular
plural.

GRAMMAR MISTAKES > Attraction > ALONE (usage) > AND relative > Broken Construction > Difficult Words > Double Negative > Each, Every, Either, Neither (usage) > First Personal Pronoun > Ellipses > Loose Participles > NONE (usage) > ONE (usage) > ONLY (usage) > Past Tense > Prespositions > Pronouns > Redundancies > Sequence of Person > Split Infinitive > Tenses > A or AN? > AM COME or HAVE COME? > BETWEEN or AMONG? > EACH OTHER or ONE ANOTHER? > EAT or ATE? > FLEE or FLY? > FURTHER or FARTHER? > IN or INTO? > LAY or LIE? > LESS or FEWER? > NEITHER or NOR? > OTHER or ANOTHER? > RISE or RAISE? > SAYS or SAID? > SUMMON or SUMMONS? > THAT or SO? > THESE or THOSE? > THIS MUCH or THUS MUCH? > THROUGH or THROUGHOUT? > UNDENIABLE or UNEXCEPTIONABLE? > VOCATION or AVOCATION? > WAS or WERE?





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