Concept: Commonly Confused Words
English has several confusing words that sound similar but are spelt differently.
Confusing Words Starting with the Letter ‘A’
- accept or except
- affect or effect
Accept means to receive anything.
Example: I acceptyour invition
Except means to omit or exclude.
Example: Everyone was on time except Vicky.
Affect means to act on something to bring a change.
Example: The song playing in the background affected her concentration.
When an action is performed, it results is effect.
Example:The medicine showed no side effects.
Allowed means a permission granted to do.
Example: She wasn’t allowed to overeat junk foods any more.
Aloud means saying out loud.
More Confusing Words:
- Some other commonly confused words are homophones. They sound the same but their meanings and spellings are different.
- He didn’t hit the brake on time.
- Why did you break the vase?
- The break time is form 11- 11:30 am.
- She sells her paintings at a lower price.
- He is now in the prison cell for unlawful activities.
- To is a preposition to indicate towards a direction or approaching.
- Too means to show an excess in terms of emotion or taste or activity.
ExampleThe girl went to the store.
Example The coffee is too sweet.
- Two: is the number 2.
ExampleThere are two birds on the window sill.
a. The word 'kind' can mean caring and type.
- She is a kind girl.
- What kind of musical instrument is this?
b. The word 'book' can mean a printed book and to reserve in advance a seat.
- This is an interesting book.
- I have told her to book the flight tickets immediately.
List of Commonly Confused Words:
|Commonly Confusing Words|
|Bear and Bare||Lead vs led|
|Lose vs Loose||Desert vs Dessert|
|Mail vs Male||Born vs Borne|
|Advice vs Advise||Idle vs Idol|
|Principal vs Principle||Right vs Write|
|To vs Too||Sea vs See|
|Their vs There||Sole vs Soul|
|Whose vs Who’s||Sun vs Son|
|Dear vs Deer||Steel vs Steal|
|Birth vs Berth||You're vs Your|
Do not use the commonly confused words if you don’t know the meaning. The entire meaning of the sentence could change if used wrongly.
✅ There are two birds sitting on the branch.
❌ There are to birds sitting on the branch.