Commonly Confused Words In English

There are many words in the English language that sound and look alike, but they have different meanings. Therefore, it is easy to confuse these words for one another, and most electronic spell checkers will not be much of help in this situation since the words are not wrongly spelled but misused.

It happens when you are writing a piece, and then you take a moment to ask yourself if it is loose or lose? Or if its affect or effect? It also happens to seasoned writers at times.

However, if you take the time to study the commonly confused words below, you might be able to write your next paper without wondering if you are using the right word. Here is a short list of commonly confused words in English

hand-pointinoutLose and Loose

Lose is a verb that means not to have something anymore, not to win or to be unable to find an item

She will lose her money if she does not keep it well.

Loose is an adjective that means free, not tight, or unattached. On several occasions, it could be used as a verb meaning to let go of something or to untie.

The button fell off because it was too loose.

hand-pointinoutAffect and Effect

Affect is usually a verb that means to influence or to alter

The loud noise affected Jim’s concentration.

Effect is usually a noun that means the result or outcome of a cause

The effect of alcohol is usually a loss of balance

hand-pointinoutAdvice and Advise

Advice is a noun that means an opinion recommended or offered to a particular individual

I gave her a piece of advice on how to invest her money

Advise is a verb that means to give advice or an opinion

I advised her on how to invest her money

hand-pointinoutAll together and Altogether

All together is an adverb that means as a group, all in the same place, or all at the same time

They were all together in the hall for the reunion

Altogether is an adverb that means without exception, completely or on the whole.

Altogether, you should not have done that.

hand-pointinoutAccept and Except

Accept is a verb that means to receive or to admit to a place or a group.

I will accept his apology.

Except is usually a verb that means to exclude or specify as being an exception

He owns everything in here except the baseball cards

hand-pointinoutAmong and Between

Among is used to express a collective or relationship of several items.

She was asked to share the inheritance among the four children.

Between is used to express the relationship of two things or one thing to several other things.

It is usually to choose between jam and peanut butter.

hand-pointinouti.e and e.g

e.g means for example

I can play all sorts of sports, e.g., football, basketball, etc.

i.e means that is

Being conversant with the four cardinal points, i.e., north, east, south, and west, is an excellent way not to get lost.

hand-pointinoutBreathe and Breath

Breathe is a verb that means to inhale (draw air into) or exhale (expel air from).

After seeing the magnificent performance, he had to remind himself to breathe.

Breath is a noun that refers to the air that goes in and out of the lungs.

John held his breath for 3 minutes under the water.

hand-pointinoutEmigrate and Immigrate

Emigrate is a verb that means to move away or to go live somewhere else.

My grandfather emigrated from England 50 years ago

Immigrate is a verb that means to move to a city or country from somewhere else

James immigrated to china back in 2005.

hand-pointinoutCompliment and Complement

Compliment is usually a noun that means an expression of praise, respect or congratulations

I gave the chef my compliments on the wonderful meal

Complement is usually a noun that means something or someone that completes something or someone.

The blue tie really does complement your white shirt.

hand-pointinoutBear and Bare

Bear is usually a verb that means to hold up or support heavyweight. It could also mean to suffer or endure difficulties.

I cannot bear to see you in pains

Bare is an adjective that means uncovered or naked

You can only enter the temple if your feet are bare.

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