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Words often Confused & Misused in English Language

Published on Monday, December 14, 2015
Readers,
     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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