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Confusables
Show you know the difference between these frequently confused words.

These words are sometimes confused in careless writing. Invent your own sentences to show their correct meaning and use.

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

Most of the stories on this website are followed by a Confusables exercise like this one. See for example The Cat’s Wedding.

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