Accept or expect or aspect or except? These words are so confusing we all know! And do you know? There are a lot of words like these confusing ones! But you cannot ignore them as well, these are important in our daily conversations and communication! So, that’s why we are here with some of these common confusing pairs of words to help you learn and distinguish each one of them! This article has a book of flashcards on the basic words that confuse you when someone speaks them! You will be given the worst with their exact meaning to help you understand when and where they are used and what is the difference in their spellings and pronunciation!
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Commonly Confusing English Words
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Accept – Consent, to receive
eg: She accepted my offer.
eg: All except her mother joined the party.
eg: Do not alter your decision now.
Altar – A place of worship
eg: Take off your shoes before reaching the altar.
Adapt -To fit
eg: One should adapt oneself to new circumstances.
eg: Detective Roy is adept at solving crime mysteries.
eg: He has easy access to the minister.
Excess -The amount by which a thing exceeds
eg: Excess to everything is bad.
Advise – Guidance or recommendation (Verb)
eg: I advised him to go there.
Advice – Guidance or Recommendation (Noun)
eg: He refused to accept my advice.
Angle -Space between two lines meeting a point
eg: Draw an angle equal to the given angle.
Angel -A heavenly being
eg: My good angel saved me from sin.
Incident -Any occurrence
eg: He related an amusing incident.
Accident -An unexpected happening
eg: A serious railway accident took place yesterday.
eg: Her manners are amiable.
Amicable – Peaceful
eg: They want an amicable settlement of the dispute.
Affect – Verb
eg: The unwholesome food affected her health adversely.
Effect – Noun
eg: The bad effect of alcohol was soon felt.
eg: A goldsmith is an artisan.
Artist -Expert in some fine art
eg: Roy is a budding artist. His Paintings are very realistic.
eg: She was released on bail.
Bale -Large bundle
eg: She stole eight bales of cotton.
eg: He went out in the sun with his head bare.
Bear -Tolerate, wild animal
- Will he bear this heavy loss?
- I have seen bears and tigers in the zoo.
Break -split or shatter into pieces
eg: Can you break this stick?
Brake -An appliance to check the speed
eg: She applied the brakes and stopped the car.
eg: We must observe the basic canons of the business.
Cannon -A big gun
eg: A cannon was fired in the evening.
Canvas -Woven cloth
eg: Military tents are generally made of canvas.
Canvass -To try to get political support/votes
eg: A quarrel arose when they were canvassing the votes.
Carrier -One that carries
eg: Germs are carriers of disease.
Career -Course of life
eg: Her service career is good.
Cast -Throw off
eg: Cast off your shoes.
Caste -A class by birth
eg: She is Hindu by caste.
Childish -Like a child
eg: Nobody likes her childish ways.
eg: Her childlike simplicity won us over.
Cite -Quote in support
eg: She cited several examples to prove her point.
Site -A selected spot
eg: This site is good for the shop.
eg: What a lovely sight!
Cord -Thin rope
eg: Loosen the cords of this pocket a bit.
Chord -A line in a circle
eg: Draw a chord in a circle.
Course -A fixed syllabus
eg: The teacher finished the course.
eg: This is a coarse cloth.
eg: Roy was elected to the student council.
eg: Your counsel has helped me a lot
Dose -Amount to be taken at one time
eg: The doctor gave a dose of medicine to the patient.
Doze -Light sleep
eg: He was found dozing in the class.
Discover -Find out
eg: Columbus discovered America.
eg: Graham Bell invented the telephone.
eg: Jaundice is a common disease.
eg: Her sudden decease was shocking.
Drown -Suffocated (living things)
eg: The girl drowned in the sea.
Sink -Disappear below the surface(things)
eg: The ship sank and all the passengers were drowned.
eg: Her failure is due to her carelessness.
Dew -Moisture on grass
eg: The dew drops offer a pleasing sight.
eg: She has not written any will before her death.
Dyeing -The act of coloring
eg: She is an expert in dyeing.
Diary -A book for daily record
eg: Rik writes his diary daily.
Dairy -A place where milk is kept
eg: Roy likes dairy products.
Envelop -To surround
eg: The mist enveloped us.
Envelope -The cover of a letter
eg: Please put my letter in the envelope.
Fair -Beautiful, fine, good
eg: He has a fair amount of sense.
Fare -Cost of transportation
eg: I am entitled to first-class fare.
Feet -Part of body
eg: His feet are dirty.
Feat -Surprising performance
eg: We saw the feats of a juggler.
Farther -Expresses distance
eg: He will not go a step farther.
Further -Something additional
eg: we need further information.
Flour -Ground wheat
eg: The bread is made of flour.
Floor -The lower surface
eg: This house has a beautiful floor.
Fore -In front
eg: The manager joined in the forenoon.
Four -A number
eg: The cat has four legs.
eg: The rubbish in the street emitted a foul smell.
Fowl -A bird
eg: We are not fond of hunting waterfowl.