Have you ever meant to use one word, but used a different one entirely?
|There are words in the English language that sometimes get mixed up, usually because they are spelled or pronounced similarly. Here, we'll try to make that a little less common. We'll look at some of the most frequently confused words. Maybe you have used one of these the wrong way by mistake: |
Accept vs. Except
I cannot accept this.
I like all jazz, except Dixieland.
Advice vs. Advise
May I offer some advice?
I would advise against it.
Affect vs. Effect
A poor choice of words can affect someone negatively.
Being tired can be the effect of working too hard.
Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure
I can assure you, everything will be alright.
I can ensure that the package will get there safely.
I will insure this car against damage and theft.
Breath vs. Breathe
Your breath smells good.
Breathe in; breathe out.
Cite vs. Sight vs. Site
Can you cite your source?
You're a sight for sore eyes.
This will be the site where we will build our house.
Complement vs. Compliment
This wine will complement dinner nicely.
I meant it as a compliment, but it didn't come out that way.
Do vs. Due
Can I ask you to do this for me?
This is due in two weeks.
Elicit vs. Illicit
It's hard to elicit sympathy for a character like that.
He made his money in illicit drugs.
Hear vs. Here
Can you hear me now?
Its vs. It's
Its job is to protect the user.
It's... Monty Python's Flying Circus!
Laid vs. Lay vs. Lie
I laid down the hammer when I was done.
I lay down for a nap.
I told a lie.
Loose vs. Lose
There should be no loose ends.
It seems like I always lose my keys.
Passed vs. Past
I passed my exit.
I was trying to get past this slow driver.
Peak vs. Peek vs. Pique
I climbed all the way to the peak.
I took a peek behind the curtain.
Here's something to pique your interest.
Principal vs. Principle
Can you name the principal products of Sri Lanka?
It goes against my principle to do something like that.
Than vs. Then
I'd rather eat a hamburger than a salad.
First, we'll go to a restaurant for dinner; then, we'll go to see a movie.
Their vs. There vs. They're
There are those who haven't learned their grammar, and they're going to have problems.
To vs. Too vs. Two
What's happening to me?
It's happening to me, too.
That makes two of us.
Who's vs. Whose
Whose is this?
You're vs. Your vs. Yore
Is this your card?
This dates back to the days of yore.
Can you think of any others? Send them to me; if I get enough, I may write a follow-up.