Exactly What Are You Trying to Say? – A List of Commonly Confused Words

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Exactly, What Are You Trying to Say?

  1. Do you mean activate or actuate?

activate

actuate

2. Do you mean admission or admittance?

admission

admittance

3. Do you mean adverse or averse?

adverse

averse

4. Do you mean advice or advise?

advice

advise

5. Do you mean affect or effect?

affect

effect

6. Do you mean allude or elude?

allude

elude

7. Do you mean alternate or alternative?

alternate

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8. Do you mean ambiguous or ambivalent?

ambiguous

ambivalent

9. Do you mean appraise or apprise?

appraise

apprise

10. Do you mean arrant or errant?

arrant

errant

11. Do you mean assign or attribute?assign

attrbute

12. Do you mean assume or presume?

assume

presume

13. Do you mean attain or obtain?

attain

obtain

14. Do you mean bail or bale?

bail

bale

15. Do you mean baited or bated?

bait

bated

16. Do you mean blatant or flagrant?

blatant

flagrant

17. Do you mean bloc or block?

bloc

block

18. Do you mean born or born?

born

borne

19. Do you mean cache or cachet?

cache

cachet

20. Do you mean carat or caret or carrot

carat

caret

carrot

21. Do you mean cereal or serial?

cereal

serial

22. Do you mean charted or chartered?

chart

chartered

23. Do you mean cite or sight or site?

cite

sight

site

24. Do you mean complacent or complaisant?

complacent

comlaisant

25. Do you mean complement or compliment?

complement

compliment

26. Do you mean compose or comprise?

compose

comprise

27. Do you mean constant or continual or continuous or incessant?

constant

continual

continuous

incessant

28. Do you mean criticize or critique?

criticize

critique

29. Do you mean cue or queue?

cue

queue

30. Do you mean decent or descent or dissent?

decent

descent

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31. Do you mean decide or determine?

decide

determine

32. Do you mean delegate or relegate?

delegate

relegate

33. Do you mean deprecate or depreciate?

deprecate

depreciate

34. Do you mean desert or dessert?

desert

dessert

35. Do you mean deserve or merit?

deserve

merit

36. Do you mean diffuse, infuse, or suffuse?

diffuse

infuse

suffuse

37. Do you mean discreet or discrete?

discreet

discrete

discrepancy/disparity

disinterested/uninterested

dual/duel

effective/effectual/efficacious/efficient

elegy/eulogy

eminent/imminent/immanent emulate/imitate

expedient/expeditious

extant/extinct

faint/feint

fandango/farrago/fiasco faze/phase

fictional/fictitious flare/flair flaunt/flout

flaw/floor flounder/founder formally/formerly

font/fount forbear/forebear

forego/forgo

foreword/forward

hear/here

historic/historical

hoard/horde

home in/hone

imply/infer

incidence/incident

insidious/invidious

instance/instant

invaluable/valuable

lead/led

leant/lent

lightening/lightning

literally/figuratively

luxuriant/luxurious

principal/principle

prise/prize

rack/wrack

raise/raze

rap/wrap

regime/regimen

reign/rein

régime/regimen

reluctant/reticent

riffle/rifle

scupper/scuttle

sewage/sewerage

simple/simplistic

sort/sought

sole/soul

sort/sought

spasmodically/sporadically

specious/spurious

stationary/stationery

straightened/straitened

strategic/tactical

substantial/substantive

tack/tact

throe/throw

tended/tendered

tenant/tenet

vain/vein

want/wont

while/wile

wreak [havoc]/wreck

The above list of Commonly Confusable Words is part of the course Grammar and Style English Grammar and Style – The University of Queensland in Australia
Course Ends September 18, 2016 .
You can still register for English Grammar and Style Here

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