Most Confusing English Words with Exercise: Part 8

BAIT & BATE 

BAIT

Meaning: Food placed on a hook or in a net, trap, or fishing area to entice fish or other animals as prey.
Example: This fish is commonly used for bait in the fishing industry.

BATE

Meaning: An angry mood.
Example: His dog gets into abate if left indoors for too long.

BAND & BANNED

BAND

Meaning: A flat, thin strip or loop of material, used as a fastener, or as decoration.
Example: Victoria settled the velvet band on her hair.

BANNED

Meaning: Officially or legally prohibit (not allowed).
Example: Smoking should be banned.

COUNCIL & COUNSEL

COUNCIL

Meaning: An advisory or administrative body of people meeting regularly.
Example: There is a meeting of an official human rights council.

COUNSEL

Meaning: Advice, especially that given formally.
Example: He is seeking expert counsel for the further study of his son.

COURSE & COARSE

COURSE

Meaning: A series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, leading to an examination or qualification.
Example: He is interested in a business studies course.

COARSE

Meaning: Rough or harsh in texture.
Example: He wears a coarse woollen jacket.

HEEL & HEAL

HEEL

Meaning: The back part of the human foot below the ankle.
Example: There is swelling on his heels.

HEAL

Meaning: Become sound or healthy again.
Example: His wounds have healed.

KNIGHT & NIGHT

KNIGHT

Meaning: (in the Middle Ages) a man who served as a soldier.
Example: In past, teenagers at the age of 13 were made knights.

NIGHT

Meaning: The period from sunset to sunrise in each twenty-four hours.
Example: The door is always locked at night.

KNEAD & NEED

KNEAD

Meaning: Make (bread or pottery) by shaping flour or clay.
Example: Mother continued to knead the bread.

NEED

Meaning: Require (something)
Example: This shirt needs washing.

LOAN & LONE

LOAN

Meaning: A thing that is borrowed.
Example: Borrowers can take out a loan for £84,000.

LONE

Meaning: Having no company or single.
Example: We sheltered under a lone tree.

LEASED & LEAST

LEASED

Meaning: A contract by which one party gives the property to another for some time in return for a payment. (Past participle of lease)
Example: My aunt leased the store.

LEAST

Meaning: Smallest in amount or significance.
Example: Who has the least money?

HEARD & HERD

HEARD

Meaning: Perceive with the ear the sound made.(Past participle of hearing)
Example: He did not hear very well

HERD

Meaning: A large group of animals that live together
Example: A herd of elephants.

Test Your Memory

1. He went back to the truck to grab his fishing rod and some ……. (Bait/bate)
2. On hearing about the agreement, she flies into a ……and objects in writing. (Bait/bate)
3. He was looking for a ……of thin electrical wire. (banned/band)
4. Parking is ……in front of the mall. (banned/band)
5. A ban on school buses using the road was imposed by the county……. (Counsel/council)
6. You should seek expert ……before investing in the plan. (Counsel/council)
7. This information is useful in upgrading the college ……. (Coarse/course)
8. She was covered in ……black fur. (Coarse/course)
9. There are some sensations in my…….(Heal/heel)
10. His concern is to ……sick people. (Heal/heel)
11. The primary service was military duty as a mounted…….(knight/night)
12. She loved starry……, sunrises and sunsets. (knight/night)
13. She needs to ……the dough for about 10 minutes. (Knead/need)
14. I don't ……your advice. (Knead/need)
15. I approached a ……person across the road. (loan/lone)
16. I have taken 100 dollars from him on ……. (loan/lone)
17. A six-month ……on a shop. (least/leased)
18. I need at …… five dollars. (least/leased)
19. They …….the case attentively. (heard/herd)
20. He owns a farm with big dairy……. (heard/herd)

Answers

1. Bait
2. Bate
3. Band
4. Banned
5. Council
6. Counsel
7. Courses
8. Coarse
9. Heels
10. Heal
11. Knight
12. Nights
13. Knead
14. Need
15. Lone
16. Loan
17. Lease
18. Least
19. Heard
20. Herds

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