40 Easily Confused Words Authors Should Know

 

How to correctly use commonly confused English words and avoid embarrassing blunders

Most spellcheck and grammar check programs are useful, but they are far from perfect. An author might have spelled a word correctly but used it incorrectly, or we might have used the wrong homonym. These are issues that free grammar and spelling tools are not likely to correct. Raise your hand if you’ve been guilty of mixing up words that sounded similar but had different meanings. Hand raised! Sometimes, those mistakes can even be embarrassing, right? Well, never fear! We are here to explain how to correctly use 40 of the most easily confused English words and save you from embarrassing blunders!

 

Accept vs. Except

accept vs. except

 

Advice vs. Advise

advice vs. advise

 

Affect vs. Effect

affect vs. effect

 

Among vs. Between

among vs. between

 

Assure vs. Ensure vs. Insure

Assure vs. ensure vs. insure

 

Bare vs. Bear

bare vs. bear

 

Climatic vs. Climactic

climatic vs. climactic

 

Complement vs. Compliment

Complement vs. compliment

 

Disinterested vs. Uninterested

Disinterested vs. uninterested

 

Economic vs. Economical

Economic vs. economical

 

Elicit vs. Illicit

elicit vs. illicit

 

Farther vs. Further

farther vs. further

 

Historic vs. Historical

historic vs. historical

 

Imply vs. Infer

imply vs. infer

 

It’s vs. Its

it's vs. its

 

Lay vs. Lie

lay vs. lie

 

Principal vs. Principle

principal vs. principle

 

Stationary vs. Stationery

stationary vs. stationery

 

Than vs. Then

than vs. then

 

Their vs. There vs. They’re

They're vs. their vs. there

 

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