Confusing Words in English
Today’s topic is essential for those trying to learn vocabulary and those who want to write better. It is crucial to say or write the word that you mean. If you notice, there are many confusing English words because they sound the same but are spelled differently.
Sometimes, even only one letter makes the difference, examples are: advice and advise, affect and effect, personal and personnel, altar and alter, bear and bare, compliment and complement, lose and loose, due and dew. Or at times, they seem to have a similar meaning, such as look and see, but are used in different contexts. Other examples are: fast and quick, hard and difficult, listen and hear, finish and complete, talk and speak, watch and clock. If you misuse these words, you won’t sound smart. But, if you use these words correctly, you will sound smart.
This time, we will look at two sets of commonly confused words.
ACCEPT and EXCEPT
Accept: to approve, to receive something willingly.
Examples: I accept this award on behalf of my team.
I can’t accept the fact that my cat is already gone.
He accepted the wedding invitation.
Except: with the exception of, not included, apart from
Examples: She counted everything except for the last row of apples.
Please bring all the books except for the small ones.
I wonder why the manager talked to everyone except me.
- I ___________ your apology because I can see that you’re sincere.
- I like everything about you ___________ your bad temper.
- I am not qualified, so they may not ______________ me if I apply for that job.
- All the teachers are approachable, ____________ Ms. Minchin.
CONFIDANT and CONFIDENT
Confidant: a person whom you trust with private matters or secrets
Examples: Avoid telling Hanna your secrets. She is not a reliable confidant.
My sister is my best confidant.
Cynthia needs a confidant at this rough time of her life.
Confident: marked by assurance, having belief in your abilities, not being shy or nervous
Examples: It helps if you’re confident about yourself.
David is confident that he will win the game.
You need to be confident during job interviews.
- My grandmother is my most trusted ___________________.
- Makeup usually makes women feel ________________ about the way they look.
- _______________ people do not give up easily.
- It is hard to find a true friend and ______________.
You can use this website to check out a comprehensive list of confusing words, definitions, and a few examples. This will be a helpful reference when you’re confused about certain words.