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There are many words in English that can easily confuse you. The words that confuse a writer are called confusing words.

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  • I accepted her invitation for the party.
  • Everyone was invited except Mr. Ram and his family.

Look at the below mentioned words. Accept

and except.

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Except means to exclude or to leave out.

These two words are often considered as confusing words. They are often mixed up and used incorrectly.

Their uses should be very easily remembered. If you find any acknowledgement involved, then it should be accept not except.




List of Confusing Words:

Below mentioned are few commonly used confusing words and their meanings:

 

WORD 1

MEANING

WORD 2

MEANING

Aloud

With loud voice

allowed

To give permission to

Affect

To influence

effect

To bring about, accomplish

Brake

To stop a vehicle

Break

To separate into parts or fragments

Breach

A violation of law, promise, trust

Breech

The lower part of anything

Coarse

Rough

Course

A direction or route taken or to be taken

Council

An assembly of persons convened for consultation or advice

Counsel

advice

Desert

An arid area with very little rainfall

Dessert

The final course of a meal i.e. cake, pie, icecream

 

 

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Some Confusing Words and Homophones

Confusing words are those words that confuse a reader and make it difficult for him to use the word correctly. Homophones are words that sound alike but have different spelling and meaning. People often find homophones very confusing.confuse_img_5



Example of Homophone:

Principal means head of a school

Mr. Goswami is the prinicipal of our school.

 

Principle: Fundamental or primary law of truth.              

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John is a man of principles.

 

These two words (principal and principle) are words that sound the same but have different meaning and spelling. They are homophones. So it is easy to get confused. The first word principal that ends in “pal” has many meanings. It can mean a head of a school, an important person in business and the second word that ends in “ple” has only one meaning i.e. a fundamental rule or belief.


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More Examples of Confusing Words

Below mentioned are some examples of commonly used confusing words.

Example 1:

Sight and site are words that get mixed up and people cannot differentiate them.

Word 1

Meaning

Word 2

Meaning

Sight

Ability to see

Site

location


Sentence 1: Let’s go for sightseeing.

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Sentence 2: We’ll go to the site tomorrow.      

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Example 2:

 

Word 1

Meaning

Word 2

Meaning

Stationary

Not moving

Stationery

Writing materials

 

 

Sentence 1:

The car remained stationary in the heavy traffic.

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Sentence 2:

Save 20% on all office stationery!

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Example 3:

Word 1

Meaning

Word 2

Meaning

Cereal

A breakfast food made of grains

Serial

A happening in a series.

 

 

Sentence 1:

I eat cereal in breakfast.
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Sentence 2

I love to watch serials.

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