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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.

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

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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