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Confusables

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buy,bye|elicit,solicit|climactic,climatic|primary,primitive|affection,affectation|progress,process|courteous,obsequious,curt|board,bored|abandon,postpone|principal,principle|resident,residual|reply,retort|optimistic,hopeful|farther,further|loot,spoil|leash,lash|criticism,censure|concurrent,consecutive|some time,sometime,sometimes|red,scarlet|irrigate,irritate|ceremonial,ceremonious|sole,soul|abated,baited,bated|cast,caste|congenial,congenital|paw,pour|thoughtless,unthinking|beneficent,benevolent|contented,contentious|vane,vain,vein|torpid,turgid,turbid|foolish,foolhardy|turn a deaf ear,turn a blind eye|precarious,precocious|through,thorough|repeat,reiterate|mystery,secret|span,spun|smuggle,import|regretful,regrettable|lightening,lightning|gruel,gruelling|approve,condone,tolerate|although,however|raze,raise,erase|fortuitous,fortunate|muse,amuse|seen,scene|indolent,indigent|aloud,a loud,allowed|envelop,envelope|casualty,casually|judicial,judicious|brake,break|notorious,famous|sanitation,sanity|colliery,mine|deceptive,deceitful|hurry,harry|though,through|credible,creditable|erratic,erroneous|historic,historical,hysterical|Asia,azure|exceedingly,excessively|stop,stay|expensive,expendable|artful,artistic|destiny,destination|mistake,error,confuse|photo,photo’s,photos’|suit,suite|hardly,hardy|exhausting,tiresome|popular,populous|discriminate,distinguish|taken,took|differ,vary|assistance,assistants|publicity,public|civil,civilian|exemplary,example|genuine,ingenious|several,various|eminent,imminent|invent,discover|pit,pith|stained,tainted|moon,satellite|passed,past|obscene,obscure|outstretched,overstretched|lazy,listless|bravado,courage|a lot,allot|continually,continuously|ally,friend,confederate|fair,fare|expedient,expeditious|aghast,ghastly|climate,weather,whether|pride,pried|bad,badly|profligate,prolific|loose,loosen,lose|beach,beech|council,counsel|appraise,apprise,praise|heroin,heroine|instinct,distinct|statue,stature,statute|pray,prey|sought,sort|despatch,disturb|busy,occupied,taken|portent,potent|chivalry,civility|laborious,tedious|expand,expend|overlook,oversee|maul,worry|honest,frank,blunt|rebel,repel|contemptuous,contemptible|manifold,manifest|advice,advise|flower,flour|broadcast,publish|aristocrat,autocrat|hire,higher|brief,instruct|fatal,fateful|deprecate,depreciate|mute,moot|rind,peel,skin|initial,original|due,dew|spare,sparse|overdo,overdue|smother,stifle|paws,pause|ones,one’s|aboard,board,bored|earthen,earthly|interview,interrogate|waist,waste|addition,edition|evasion,avoidance|corporal,corporate|disclaim,declaim|grown,grew,groan|canvas,canvass|cant,can’t|prodigal,prodigy,prodigious|noisome,noisy|tug,haul|revolutionary,rebel,rabble|chart,charter|profession,calling|steady,stealthy|hoard,horde|aloud,allowed|volatile,voluble|my,mine|lay,lie|sober,serious|lobby,persuade|swam,swum|wary,weary|each,both|premise,premises|verses,versus|endue,undue|declare,declaim,denounce|adept,adapt,adopt|tortuous,torturous|reasonable,rational|taut,taught|enemy,enmity|illegible,ineligible|militate,mitigate|collaborate,corroborate|keepsake,namesake|supercilious,superficial|behind,beyond|idle,idol|peace,piece,calm|charity,benevolence|wood,wooden|nagging,niggling|throne,thrown|serf,surf|retinue,revenue|flounder,founder|practical,practicable|assassinate,murder,kill|repellent,repulsive|comfort,console,luxury|dare,risk|width,girth|regiment,regimen|dilemma,difficulty|discreet,discrete|me,myself,I|street,lane|vacillate,oscillate|until,by|discordant,discourteous|implicate,imply|elegant,eligible|later,latter|poignant,pungent|apostle,apostate|forbidden,forbade|palate,palette|arcane,archaic,antique|scold,scald|too,also,very|freedom,liberty|engineer,mechanic,mechanical|unclean,dirty|wave,waive|ascribe,describe|bound for,bound to|pry,prise|e.g.,etc.,i.e.|impertinent,pert,pertinent|magificent,magnanimous,munificent|affect,effect|mistaken,wrong|inflammable,inflammatory|hot,tepid,warm|lamp,light,torch|weed,weed out|expedition,expedient|novel,new|prolong,postpone|wry,awry|captive,captivated|muted,mutual|obtuse,abstruse|disinterested,uninterested|there,their,they’re|fancy,elaborate|loathe,loath|humility,humiliation|were,where|explain,express|manner,manor|imperial,imperious|meticulous,scrupulous|disloyal,unfaithful|throws,throes|appear,seem,seam|shop,buy,sell|device,devise|exact,precise|impulse,impel|all together,altogether|journey,trip,voyage|custom,rite|transfer,transform|shame,pity|summon,invite,invitation|eyrie,eerie|raucous,rousing|current,temporary|blend,mix|regular,frequent|bridal,bridle|impose,impulse|convince,convict|masterful,masterly|trust,tryst|low,short|latent,patent|deprived,depraved|covet,covert|greet,hail,hale|learn,teach|intervene,interrupt|elder,older|see,notice,watch|whereas,wherever|descent,dissent|aware,awake,alert|assume,resume,presume|shore,sure|shade,colour|costly,expensive,pricey|broad,wide|bruise,scar|prise,prize,pry|bowl,bole|a part,apart|induce,seduce|infamous,obscure|breath,breathe|rhyme,rime,poem|fewer,less|different,diffident,distinctive|chase,pursue|compulsive,compulsory|appease,please|adverse,averse|loth,loathe|insure,ensure,assure|illusion,delusion|tenant,tenet|militia,military|lessen,lesson|academic,scholar|among,between|debt,debit|sensual,sensuous|invisible,transparent|crawl,creep|anticipate,expect,foretell|meet,meat,mete|correspondence,correspondents|imaginary,imaginative|veteran,veterinarian|ahead,forward,foreword|pomp,splendour|were,we’re|laid,lain|cite,site,sight|can,could|composition,composure|treat to,treat as,treat for|illustrate,illustrious|recourse,resource|desert,dessert|liar,lyre|insular,peninsula|copy,mimic|till,until|coherent,cohesive|scandal,slander|require,request,requisition|tall,high|incite,insight|crumble,crumple|shine,polish,glow|indignation,indignity|dusk,dawn|raise,rise,arise|swelter,welter|will,would|impetuous,impertinent,importunate|since,ago|dress,sport,wear|cereal,serial|bar,bare,barre|civilian,civility|solace,sostice|faze,phase|flair,flare|convey,convoy|tainted,tinted|peak,peek,pique|councillor,counsellor|possible,feasible|at last,at least|adverse,adversary|peace,truce|sheer,shear|town,village|imply,infer|inchoate,incoherent|ship,boat|forceful,forcible|elicit,illicit,solicit|herd,heard|compass,pair of compasses|ambiguous,ambivalent|courtesy,curtsy|take aback,take back|forbear,forebear|imitate,intimate|annual,annul|terrifying,terrific|role,roll|formally,formerly|personify,impersonate|social,sociable|oblivious,unconscious|light,alight|flaunt,flout|fog,fug|ashamed,shamed|quiet,quite,quit|waver,waiver|explicit,implicit|hear,attend,listen|animation,animosity|airs,heirs|insult,assault|practice,practise|hungry,greedy|sewer,drain|extravagant,generous|rigorous,severe|beside,besides|emit,omit|desire,design|Europe,The European Union|piquant,pique|patience,patients|credit,creditable|acquaint,acquit|hire,lease,rent|capitulated,capitalise|teacher,lecturer,professor|squander,scatter|cannon,canon|distress,disturb|raw,roar|Briton,Britain|consist of,consist in|your,you’re|lead,led|conform,confirm|bygone,bypass|broke,broken|singly,singularly|circular,round|authoritarian,authoritative|bizarre,bazarre|demolish,diminish|unless,except|rhyme,rhythm|conscription,description,dictation|sensational,sensual|criticise,critique,condemn|leave,abandon,desert|compose,comprise|ease,leisure|naturist,naturalist|infuriate,infiltrate|gait,gate|warn,threaten|allusion,illusion|wet,whet|jealous,envious|marital,martial,marshal|fond,fondle|perspective,prospective|behold,beholden|presumptive,presumptuous|endure,ensure,endow|wrote,rote|invade,enter|every one,everyone|amount,number|species,specious,spurious|wander,wonder|angel,angle|deduction,induction|who’s,whose|pretty,quite,rather|incredible,incredulous|draw,sketch|constant,continuous,continual|uphold,hold-up,hold up|abate,bated|interred,interned|corps,core,corpse|blunder,plunder|impractical,impracticable|complicated,complicit|suspend,suspense|guilt,gilt,girt|spoke,spoken|bury,cover,dig|worse,worst|cell,sell|bath,bathe|strident,stringent|inconsistent,inconstant|acknowledge,recognise,know|replete,complete|capital,capitol|complement,compliment|stayed,staid|command,commend|apt,liable|temperate,temperature,temporary|alternately,alternatively|remind,remember|immortal,immoral|delay,defer,postpone|treason,betrayal|confide,confess|guest,guessed|bar,ban|allude,elude|avenge,revenge|blithe,lithe|ultimately,finally|debit,debt|drive,steer|its,it’s|collie,collier|break away,breakaway|quote,quotation|compare,contrast|lob,lobby|present,gift|intend,purpose|rub,scrub|strip,stripe|saturnine,sanguine|tort,torte|tour,visit|right,rite,write|vicious,viscous|calendar,diary,journal|tore,torn|forestall,install|found,founded|pen,pencil|verbal,oral|biannual,biennial|who,which,that|censor,censer,censure|tail,tale|pain,pane|liable,libel|marriage,wedding|threw,through|prevent,preempt|bear,bare|lair,layer|stimulus,stimulant|stationary,stationery|pale,pail,paling|successors,successes|oversight,negigence|prophecy,prophesy|alter,altar|global,spherical|depose,impose|rebate,refund|pronouncement,pronunciation|exorbitant,extortionate|laundry,laundrette|precious,precocious|pamper,pander|conceited,conceived|price,cost,value|climate,climax|constitute,institute|standard,average|observance,observation|sang,sung|founded,foundered|connote,denote|stalemate,checkmate|pharmacist,chemist|gossip,rumour,scandal|truant,tyrant|anomalous,anonymous|pasture,pastor|recall,recollect|classic,classics,classical|borrow,lend,loan|grave,tomb|may be,maybe|enormity,immensity|rain,reign,rein|manslaughter,murder|service,surface|loneliness,solitude|profit,prophet|lighten,enlighten|revolution,revolt|mislead,mislay,lose|answerable,soluble|external,extraneous|right,obligation|childish,childlike|must,ought|literal,literate|choke,strangle|aid,aide|abdicate,abrogate,arrogate|coarse,course|besotted,intoxicated|unworthy,worthless|couple,pair|overhear,over here|suspect,suspicious|precipitate,precipitous|intolerable,intolerant|burst,explode,pop|proposal,proposition|indifferent,similar|enervate,innovate|clamp,cramp|infectious,contagious|defective,deficient|scramble,scamper,scuttle|mortal,deadly|nature,nurture|wake,awake|conscience,conscious|precede,proceed|unwillingly,unwittingly|ultimate,penultimate|born,borne|wont,won’t|poisonous,toxic,venomous|gorilla,guerilla|revive,refresh|alone,lonely,remote|cool,chilly|pier,peer|allay,alley,ally|uncoloured,colourless|fowl,foul|friar,fryer|weak,week|venal,venial|doctor,surgeon,surgery|Gall,Gaul|poor,pour,pore|decided,decisive|instinctive,distinctive|already,all ready|restive,restful|bawl,brawl|draught,draft|sever,severe,several|campaign,complain|curious,curios|shall,should|plain,plane|swell,inflate|ascent,assent,accent|dual,duel|sale,sail|cheap,cheep,chip|start,startle|coast,shore|silent,quiet|feast,feat,fast|except,accept|tactics,strategy|custom,customs,costume|attract,detract,distract|mordant,trenchant|repent,relent|scar,scare|allude,refer|invade,evade|each,every,all|enjoin,enjoy,adjoin|succeed,supersede|amused,bemused

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