Words often Confused & Misused in English Language

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     Some words sound same but have different meaning. These words often confuse us in error finding questions. Here given most important words which confuse & misuse us. Kindly have a look.

confused and misused

S.No
WORD
MEANING
1
Accept
Except
·         To receive a thing
·         Leaving apart or excluding
2.
Expect
Suspect
·         To hope
·         To apprehend
3.
Adopt
Adept
Adapt
·         To accept/ to take another person’s child legally
·         Proficient
·         To change accordingly
4.
Allude
Elude
·         Refer to
·         To escape
5.
Alternate
Alternative
·         One after another
·         Available instead/ substitute
6.
Aural
Oral
·         Of ear
·         Verbal
7.
Access
Excess
·         Approach
·         More than due
8.
Averse
Adverse
·         To dislike
·         Unfavourable
9.
Advice (N)
Advise (V)
·         An opinion
·         To offer an opinion
10.
Affect (V)
Effect (N)
·         To influence
·         Result
11.
Apposite
Opposite
·         Proper
·         In front of/ contrary
12.
Amend
Emend
·         To improve
·         To remove the mistakes
13.
Amoral
Immoral
·         Having no moral sense
·         Not conforming to moral standards
14.
Antics
Antiques
·         Tricks
·         Ancient pieces of art
15.
Appraise
Apprise
·         Assess the quality/ values of
·         Inform
16.
Allusion
Illusion
·         Indirect reference
·         Deception
17.
Beside
Besides
·         By the side of
·         Apart from
18.
Bridle
Besides
·         Headgear of horse
·         Related to bride/ bridegroom
19.
Beneficial
Beneficiary
·         Useful
·         One who receives benefit
20.
Boar
Bore
·         A pig
·         To tolerate or to produce (V2 of bear)
21.
Bought
Brought
·         V2 and V3 of buy
·         V2 and V3 of bring
22.
Catch
Hold
·         To take hold of something when it is moving
·         To take hold of something when it is static
23.
Childish
Childlike
·         Foolish
·         Innocent
24.
Continual
Continuous
·         Happening repeatedly
·         Without break
25.
Credible
Creditable
·         Believable
·         Praiseworthy, honourable
26.
Censure
Censor
·         To criticize
·         Official licensing of films etc.
27.
Canon
Cannon
·         Rule
·         A powerful gun fixed to wheels
28.
Canvas
Canvass
·         Coarse cloth
·         Visit houses to get political support
29.
Cemetery
Symmetry
·         A burial place
·         Harmony
30.
Casual
Causal
·         Not formal, not taking much interest
·         Relating to cause
31.
Climactic
Climatic
·         Relating to climax
·         Relating to climate
32.
Coarse
Course
·         Rough
·         A line of action
33.
Confidant  
Confident 
·         A person who is entrusted with secrets. Sure and certain.
·         Sure and certain
34.
Contagious
Contiguous
Infectious
·         A disease that spreads by contact
·         Near
·         A disease that spreads by air or water
35.
Corps
Corpse
Carcass
·         A division of army
·         A dead body
·         The dead body of a large animal
36.
Conscious
Conscientious
·         To know
·         With a sense of duty
37.
Complain (V)
Complaint (N)
·         To say that something is wrong or not satisfactory
·         A report of a problem
38/.
Complacent
Complaisant
·         Self-satisfied
·         Obedient and complaint
39.
Complement

Compliment
·         N-a thing that completes or improves. V-add to something in a way that it improves
·         A remark of admiration
40.
Custom
Comprise
·         Social usage
·         Personal usage
41.
Compose
Comprise
·         Make up the whole
·         Consist of
42.
Career
Carrier
·         Course through life
·         That which carries
43.
Credible
Credulous
·         Believable
·         Too ready to believe
44.
Discreet
Discrete
·         Careful not to cause offence by speech or behaviour
·         Separate, distinct
45.
Disease
Decease
·         Ailment or illness
·         Death
46.
Decent
Descent
Dissent
·         Nice, respectable
·         Downward motion
·         Difference of opinion
47.
Dual
Duel
·         With two parts
·         A fight between two persons using guns or swords.
48.
Deface
Efface
·         Disfigure
·         Wipeout
49.
Deny
Decline
Refuse
Refute
·         To declare untrue
·         Refuse to accept an offer.
·         Show unwillingness towards
·         Prove wrong
50.
Defy
Deify
·         To break the law
·         To make someone or something a god
51.
Defuse
Diffuse
·         Remove the tension
·         Spread out; not clear or concise
52.
Desert

Dessert
·         N- An area where there is little rain
·         V- To leave someone
·         Sweet dish eaten at the end of a meal
53.
Depression
Depreciation
·         Hollow/  A mental state of despair.
·         Undervalue
54.
Disinterested
Uninterested
·         Impartial
·         Not interested
55.
Delightful
Delicious
·         Very pleasant
·         Pleasing to taste
56.
Deprecate
Depreciate
·         To hate
·         To reduce in value
57.
Defective
Deficient
·         Having a certain imperfection
·         Lacking something
58.
Decided
Decisive
·         Clear and definite
·         Deciding
59.
Effective
Efficacious
Efficient
·         Producing effect
·         Able to produce the desired result
·         Competent
60.
Elicit
Illicit
·         To get or produce something
·         Illegal or disapproved of by society
61.
Economical
Economic
·         Involving less expenditure
·         Relating to economy
62.
Enduring
Endurable
·         Existing for a long time
·         Bearable
63.
Gate
Gait
·         An entrance
·         A particular way of walking
64.
Intense
Intensive
·         Extreme and forceful
·         Involving a lot of effort
65.
Metre
Meter
·         A unit of length
·         A device used to measure the amount of something that is used
66.
Vain
Vein
·         Not successful/ arrogant
·         Tube the carries blood to the heart in our body
67.
Vocation
Vacation
·         Profession
·         Holidays
68.
Violence
Violation
·         Force
·         Infringement of law
69.
Wither
Whither
Weather
Whether
·         To fade
·         Where
·         Atmospheric condition (of a short period)
·         ‘Whether…..or’ is a co-relative
70.
Wave
Waive
·         Raised mass of water in sea/ to move
·         To give up


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