Words that sound alike or look alike (e.g.: moral/morale) often confuse students, especially those using spell checkers. This lengthy list of commonly confused words with simple definitions will help you decide which spelling fits your sentence correctly.
with the exclusion of
| I accepted all my birthday gifts with gratitude.
The entire class had qualified except Rahul.
|to influence (verb); emotional response (noun).|
result (noun); to cause (verb)
| The dog's death affected his owners.
The new speed limit law had little effect on the speed of the motorists.
false idea, misleading appearance
|The Austin Powers movies often make allusions to the James Bond films.
The magician created the illusion that he was floating in the air.
to carry; an animal.
|He was walking on bare foot.
The company will bear all the expenses.
|something that completes |
|Red wine is a nice complement to a steak dinner.
She gave me a nice compliment when she said I looked thin.
path; series of lectures
| The bread was coarse like sand.
I have completed a course on psychology
|to include; to contain; to consist of; to be composed of.|
to form in combination; make up; constitute
| The state of North Carolina comprises 100 counties.
One hundred counties compose the state of North Carolina.
|The flight is set on descent, fasten your seat belts.
I dissent his choice of clothing.
|final, sweet course in a meal .|
to abandon; dry, sandy area
|Fruit makes a healthy dessert after lunch or dinner.
Soldiers should not desert their posts.
|modest, prudent behavior |
a separate thing, distinct
| I imagine if there are aliens, they've been discreet for a reason.
Kinetics of a system of discrete particles.
|changing or adding color|
| If your clothes fade, try dyeing them.
The plant is dying, due to lack of water.
|to draw out|
| It is important to elicit a suitable response from the children for each assembly.
She had an illicit affair with her boss
about to happen
|Everyone was looking forward to taking the class with such an eminent professor.
The birth of her child was imminent, if not past due.
|to surround (verb) |
container for a letter (noun)
|Brenda felt her husband's strong arms envelop her in a tight hug.
He pulled an envelope from his pocket.
|at a greater(measurable) distance.|
in greater(non-measurable) depth
|The nearest house was much farther than she thought.
Without further conversation, the Indians started down the gully.
|conventionally, with ceremony |
|The republic was formally constituted in 1830.
Sea-elephants and fur-seals were formerly plentiful.
|animal in ape family |
soldier specializing in surprise attacks
|Arjun was excited to see the gorillas at the zoo.
The guerrilla forces have been chased into the mountains by the country's military.
|to sense sound by ear |
in this place
|I couldn't hear him over the traffic. I you were here with me.|
|past tense of "to hear"|
group of animals
|Have you heard of the fables.
There were a herd of cows in his meadow.
|a hidden fund or supply, a cache |
a large group or crowd, swarm
|I hoard paintings, filling up all my wall space.
With piercing war cries, two forms broke from the horde before her.
|21.|| hole |
complete; an entire thing
|There was a hole in his bucket.
She was a whole new person after the surgery.
|22.|| human |
|relating to the species homo sapiens|
|Humans are social animals.
It was the most humane thing to do at the point of time
|23.|| its |
|possessive form of "it" |
contraction for "it is"
|This cheese is past its expiration date.
It is her wallet.
|past tense of "know"|
fresh, not yet old
|I knew a few intellectual men from Harvard.
She planned to stay at home this new year.
|to comprehend |
|I know how it feels to break a promise.
He said no to her proposak
|26.|| later |
|after a time|
second one of two things
|Mary said she would see me later that evening.
Arjun and Ankur were brother and the latter was a teacher.
|heavy metal substance; to guide |
past tense of "to lead"
|Pencils consist of lead and graphite.
She led the portest at Jantar Mantar
|to decrease |
something learned and/or taught
|Apply some medicine to lessen the pain.
I learnt a lesson from having invested in shares.
|storm-related electricity |
|The lightning stroock our roof. She used skin lightening products to achieve a lighter skin tone|
|unbound, not tightly fastened |
|The company ties were loose with its customers.
You need to lose some weight to fit into those trousers.
|animal flesh |
to measure; to distribute
|Vegetarians don't eat meat.
How about we meet at the cafe this evening?
After being caught stealing, the boy waited for his father to mete out his punishment.
|a worker in a mine |
underage person (noun); less important (adj.)
|The soldiers ordered the miners to leave.
She tucked the minor annoyance to the back of her mind./em>
|distinguishing right from wrong; lesson of a fable or story.|
attitude or outlook usually of a group
|Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep.
The team is playing well and their morale is high.
|absence of war|
part of a whole; musical arrangement
|The people of Korea once lived in peace and harmony.
They gave us a piece of cake each as a sample
|35.|| personal |
|intimate; owned by a person |
|Her diary had information that was very personal in nature.
The rest of the personnel were fired without notice.
|36.|| principal |
|foremost (adj.); administrator of a school (noun) |
moral conviction, basic truth
|Our principal was a stern person.
Ashoka was a man of principles
|silent, calm |
|Please keep quiet inside the church.
The smell of Vodka is quite strong
|38.|| rain |
|water drops falling; to fall like rain |
strap to control an animal (noun); to guide or control (verb)
|Tamil Nadu witnessed rain yesterday.
Under Queen Victoria's reign,all subjects were very happy.
I gave him free rein to do what he needs to.
|having reason or understanding|
principles of opinion, beliefs
|I cannot have a rational discussion with my delusional aunt.
The judge asked the young man to explain his rationale for stealing a police car.
|40.|| scene |
|place of an action; segment of a play |
viewed; past participle of "to see"
|The scene from my window was very beautiful.
Hitler was seen as an intelligent leader by his followers.
|perception, understanding |
measurement of past time; because
|The cat could sense the danger in drinking the cup of hot milk.
I have known Manju since our childhood.
|scene, view, picture|
|I cant stand the sight of dirty dishes.
On reaching the site I realised that there was a lot of work yet to be done.
|43.|| stationary |
|standing still |
|Keep the bicycle stationary and use it for balance during the stretch.
ason pulled out a piece of stationery and wrote a quick letter.
narrow or confining; a waterway
|She walked straight up to him and slapped him in the face.
The deep strait which separates it on the east from London was taken by Jacob.
|past tense of "to teach" |
|She taught chemistry in the local high school.
Now that the storm had passed, her taut muscles relaxed and she felt weak.
pamphlet; plot of ground
|She kept a track of all his achievements and joined as his apprentice later.
The urinary tract infection is a common one among women in tropical regions.
|finished; into and out of |
past tense of "to throw"
|The security guards pushed their way through the crowd.
He threw her a sharp look over his shoulder.
We've made a thorough search.
|midsection of the body|
discarded material; to squander
| All women want to possess a slender waist.
One must not waste food/
|49.|| which |
|one of a group |
|Which among these apples have been flown in from China?
Hermoine was the brighter witch of her times.
|possessive for "of you" |
contraction for "you are"
|Your children are very lovely.
Believe in yourself,
you're a strong individual