There are many words in the English that are easily confused because they have a similar spelling or a related, but different, meaning. Let’s look at some Confusing Words.

Technical Terms / Devices:

Word MeaningWordMeaning
AcceptAgreeExceptOther than
AdverseUnfavorable AverseAgainst
AdviceCounselAdviseRecommend
AffectInfluenceEffectOutcome
AllowedPermitAloudAudibly
AlludeSuggestEludeAvoid
AtePast tense of eatEight8 number
BerthA ship’s allotted place at a dock BirthGive birth to
BornExisting as a result of birth BorneCarried
BreakCrackBrakeSlow down
ByPrepositionBuyPurchase
CoarseRoughCourseA direction
ComplementTo add to so as to improve ComplimentTo praise
CueA signal for action QueueA line of people
DesertA waterless DessertThe sweet course of a meal
DualHaving two parts DuelA fight or contest between two people
EnsureTo guarantee InsureTo safeguard against loss
or damage (by buying insurance)
ForthOutsideFourthNumber 4
FartherA long wayFurtherAhead
HearCatchHereTo this place
LoathUnwilling LoatheTo hate
LooseFreeLoseMisplace
MeterA measuring device MetreA metric unit
PeaceCalmPieceSlice
PlainSimplePlaneFlat
PrincipleConceptPrincipalMain
QuietSilentQuiteCompletely
StationaryNot movingStationeryWriting materials
StoreyA level of a building Story A tale
ThanComparisonThenAt that time
TheirBelonging to ThereThat place
ToIn the direction of TooAs well
VainSelf lovingVeinA tube that carries blood
WeakFragileWeekA period of seven days
WaiveRejectWaveMotion
WeatherAtmospheric conditions WhetherChoice between alternatives

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