Do You Know The Difference Between These Commonly Confused Words?

Becky Stigall

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Then and than; where and wear; their, there and they're. So many words; so little understanding! Do you know the difference between each of these words?

Which one of these words means "to receive"?

Accept means to receive. It is often confused with except, which means to exclude.

Which one of these words means "to influence"?

Affect means to influence. Affect is often confused with effect, which is the result of an affect.

Which one of these words means "to give or assign"?

Allot means to give or assign. Alot is not a word, but a lot may be used to describe a large quantity of something.

Which of the following means "an indirect reference"?

An allusion is an indirect reference. An illusion is something unreal or deceptive.

Which of the following is a "secret stash"?

A cache is a secret stash. It is often confused with cash, which is pronounced the same.

Which of the following means "to complete"?

Complement means to complete. Compliment is an expression of flattery.

Which of the following means "to abandon"?

Desert means to abandon. It can also mean a dry, arid region. Dessert is what you eat after dinner.

Which one of these words means "other than"?

Except means other than. It is often confused with accept, which means to receive.

Which one of these words means "result"?

Effect means result. It is often confused with affect, which means "to influence."

Which of the following is "something unreal"?

An illusion is something unreal. An allusion is an indirect reference to something.

Which of the following means "illegal"?

Illicit refers to something illegal. Elicit means "to draw forth."

Which of the following means "copied"?

Imitated means copied. Intimated means to imply.

Which of the following refers to money?

Cash refers to money. Cache refers to a secret hiding place.

Which of the following means "to flatter"?

Compliment means to flatter. It is often confused with complement which means to complete.

Which of the following means "belonging to"?

It's means belonging to. It's is a contraction of the words it + is.

Which of the following is a metal?

Lead is a metal. Led is the past tense of "to lead."

Which of the following refers to the head of a school?

A principal is the head of a school. A good way to remember this is a principal is your "pal."

Which of the following refers to a post-dinner sweet?

Dessert is a post-dinner sweet treat. Desert is a dry, arid region.

Which of the following means "to draw forth"?

Elicit means to draw forth. Illicit refers to something illegal.

Which of the following means "to fail"?

Lose means to fail. Loose means not tight.

Which of the following is the past tense of the verb "to pass"?

Passed is the past tense of the verb "to pass." Past refers to a time that is over.

Which of the following means "a fundamental truth"?

A principle is a fundamental truth. A principal is the head of a school.

Which of the following means "to go before"?

To precede is to go before. To proceed is to continue.

Which of the following refers to a view?

A sight is a view. A site is a piece of land.

Which of the following refers to something that is immobile?

Something that is stationary is immobile. Stationery refers to writing materials.

Which of the following means "implied"?

Intimated means implied. Imitated means copied.

Which of the following is a combination of the words "it" and "is"?

It's is a contraction of the words "it" and "is." Its is a possessive pronoun that means "belonging to."

Which of the following is the past tense of the verb "to lead"?

Led is the past tense of the verb "to lead." Lead is a type of metal.

Which of the following means "belonging to them"?

Their means belonging to them. They're is a conjunction of the words "they" and "are." There refers to placement.

Which of the following refers to a place?

A site is a place designated for a particular purpose. Sight is a field of vision or a view.

Which of the following means "not tight"?

Loose means not tight. Lose means to fail.

Which of the following refers to a time that is gone?

Past refers to a time that is gone. Passed is the past tense of "to pass." So confusing!

Which of the following means "to continue"?

To proceed is to continue. To precede is to go before.

Which of the following refers to tools used for writing?

Stationery refers to writing materials. Stationary refers to something immobile.

Which of the following means "also"?

Too means also. Two is a number. To is a preposition.

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