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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