Confusing Words in English

accessary vs accessory | accept vs except |

advice vs advise|affect vs effect |

a lot/alot/allot |all ready vs already |

all right vs alright | allude vs elude |

alone vs lonely|altogether vs all together |

ambivalent vs indifferent|any vs some |

any one vs anyone |apart vs a part |

around vs round | assume vs know vs think|
astrology vs astronomy | at vs in|
bald vs bold | been vs gone |

beside vs besides| bold vs bald |

bored vs boring | borrow vs lend
bought vs brought | by vs until|
capital vs capitol | captivate vs capture|
career vs carrier vs courier | certain vs curtain|
check vs control | come over vs overcome
complement vs compliment
concentrate vs concentrated | confuse vs confess |

council vs counsel |councillor vs counsellor |

curious vs interesting | curtain vs certain
data vs datum | decent vs descent
defrost vs melt | desperate vs disparate
discreet vs discrete | do or make
don’t have to vs mustn’t
| dose vs doze |

downside vs underside|draught vs drought |

dress up vs get dressed | driving test vs test drive |

drought vs draught|effect vs affect |

e.g. or i.e. | -er vs -re | either or vs neither nor
either vs as well / too|enquire vs inquire |

enquiry vs inquiry |every day vs everyday |

excited vs exciting|expand vs expend |

experience vs experience(s) | extra vs surplus
fewer vs less
| for vs since (time) |

get dressed vs dress up|good vs well |

going out vs outgoing | gone vs been
hard vs hardly | hear vs listen |

heroin vs heroine | he’s vs his|
holiday vs the weekend | homework vs housework
“How do you do?” vs “How are you?”|I vs me |

improve vs improvise|inquire vs enquire |

inquiry vs enquiry |interested vs interesting |

interesting vs curious
know vs assume vs think | know vs now
later vs latter | lay vs lie |

lay down vs lie down | leaped vs leapt
learn vs teach | less vs fewer
look after vs look for | look at vs watch
look forward(s) vs look forward to
look over vs overlook | loose vs lose
massage vs message | me vs I |

me vs my | moan vs mourn
moral vs morale | most vs the most |

most vs mostly | mourn vs moan |

my vs me|neither |

nor vs or | now vs know
or vs nor | outgoing vs going out |

outgoings vs outgoing|overlook vs look over |

overtake vs takeover / take over|of course vs off course |

pass away vs pass out|personal vs personnel |

practice vs practise|precede vs proceed |

principal vs principle|proceed vs precede |

probably vs properly|quiet vs quite|
raise/rise | -re vs -er |

regard vs regardless vs regards|remember vs remind |

replay vs reply | round vs around|
said vs told | say vs talk | say vs tell |

scared vs scary|see vs watch |

shortage vs shortness|
so vs such | some vs any |

some time vs sometime vs sometimes|sooth vs soothe |

stationary vs stationery | stick vs sticker |

strange vs stranger | extra vs surplus|
take care vs take care of | takeover / take over vs overtake
talk vs say | teach vs learn
tell vs say | than vs then |

that/which/who|then vs than |

think vs assume vs know| told vs said |

to/too/two | there/their/they’re
trainer vs trainee | travel/trip/voyage/journey
used to vs used to do|wander vs wonder |

warn vs worn | watch vs look at
watch vs see | what vs which |

who vs whom|wrong vs wrongly


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