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.

Sr.NoWordsMeaningSentence
1.accept
except
to receive
with the exclusion of
I accepted all my birthday gifts with gratitude.
The entire class had qualified except Rahul.
2.affect
effect
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.
3. allusion
illusion

indirect reference
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.

4. bare
bear
nude, unadorned.
to carry; an animal.
He was walking on bare foot.
The company will bear all the expenses.
5.complement
compliment
something that completes
praise, flattery
Red wine is a nice complement to a steak dinner.
She gave me a nice compliment when she said I looked thin.

6. coarse
course
rough
path; series of lectures
The bread was coarse like sand.
I have completed a course on psychology
7.comprise
compose
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.


8.descent
dissent
downward movement
disagreement
The flight is set on descent, fasten your seat belts.
I dissent his choice of clothing.

9.dessert
desert
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.

10.discreet
discrete
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.

11.dyeing
dying
changing or adding color
losing life
If your clothes fade, try dyeing them.
The plant is dying, due to lack of water.
12.elicit
illicit
to draw out
illegal, forbidden
It is important to elicit a suitable response from the children for each assembly.
She had an illicit affair with her boss
13.eminent
imminent
prominent
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.
14.envelop
envelope
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.
15.farther
further
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.
16.formally
formerly
conventionally, with ceremony
previously
The republic was formally constituted in 1830.
Sea-elephants and fur-seals were formerly plentiful.
17.gorilla
guerrilla
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.
18. hear
here
to sense sound by ear
in this place
I couldn't hear him over the traffic. I you were here with me.
19. heard
herd
past tense of "to hear"
group of animals
Have you heard of the fables.
There were a herd of cows in his meadow.
20. hoard
horde
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
whole
opening
complete; an entire thing
There was a hole in his bucket.
She was a whole new person after the surgery.
22. human
humane
relating to the species homo sapiens
compassionate
Humans are social animals.
It was the most humane thing to do at the point of time
23. its
it's
possessive form of "it"
contraction for "it is"
This cheese is past its expiration date.
It is her wallet.
24. knew
new
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.
25. know
no
to comprehend
negative
I know how it feels to break a promise.
He said no to her proposak
26. later
latter
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.
27. lead
led
heavy metal substance; to guide
past tense of "to lead"
Pencils consist of lead and graphite.
She led the portest at Jantar Mantar
28. lessen
lesson
to decrease
something learned and/or taught
Apply some medicine to lessen the pain.
I learnt a lesson from having invested in shares.
29. lightning
lightening
storm-related electricity
making lighter
The lightning stroock our roof. She used skin lightening products to achieve a lighter skin tone
30. loose
lose
unbound, not tightly fastened
to misplace
The company ties were loose with its customers.
You need to lose some weight to fit into those trousers.
31. meat
meet
mete
animal flesh
to encounter
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.
32. miner
minor
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>
33. moral
morale
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.
34. peace
piece
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
personnel
intimate; owned by a person
employees
Her diary had information that was very personal in nature.
The rest of the personnel were fired without notice.
36. principal
principle
foremost (adj.); administrator of a school (noun)
moral conviction, basic truth
Our principal was a stern person.
Ashoka was a man of principles
37. quiet
quite
silent, calm
very
Please keep quiet inside the church.
The smell of Vodka is quite strong
38. rain
reign
rein
water drops falling; to fall like rain
to rule
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.
39. rational
rationale
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
seen
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.
41. sense
since
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.
42. sight
site
scene, view, picture
place, location
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
stationery
standing still
writing paper
Keep the bicycle stationary and use it for balance during the stretch.
ason pulled out a piece of stationery and wrote a quick letter.
44. straight
strait
unbending
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.
45. taught
taut
past tense of "to teach"
tight
She taught chemistry in the local high school.
Now that the storm had passed, her taut muscles relaxed and she felt weak.
46. track
tract
course, road
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.
47. through
threw
thorough
finished; into and out of
past tense of "to throw"
complete
The security guards pushed their way through the crowd.
He threw her a sharp look over his shoulder.
We've made a thorough search.
48. waist
waste
midsection of the body
discarded material; to squander
All women want to possess a slender waist.
One must not waste food/
49. which
witch
one of a group
female sorcerer
Which among these apples have been flown in from China?
Hermoine was the brighter witch of her times.
50. your
you're
possessive for "of you"
contraction for "you are"
Your children are very lovely.
Believe in yourself,
you're a strong individual

 

 


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