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Common Mistakes And Confusions In English Usage - A List

Updated on July 27, 2012
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This hub is simply a list of the words featured in my series of hubs about common mistakes and confusions in the usage of the English language. It's a work in progress, and I know that there are many words that I have not touched upon, so feel free to suggest words for me to feature.

I wasn't able to include a direct link to the relevant hubs in the table below, so if you find a word you would like to look up, just take note of the hub number, and go to the bottom of this hub where you can directly click through to the hub you want.

Commonly Confused Words - A to M

(click column header to sort results)
Commonly Confused Words  
Associated Words  
Hub  
A lot
A lot / Allot / Alot
Hub VI
A part
A part / Apart
Hub III
Accept
Accept / Except
Hub VII
Access
Access / Assess
Hub IX
Alive
Alive / Life / Live
Hub VI
Allot
A lot / Allot / Alot
Hub VI
Alot
A lot / Allot / Alot
Hub VI
Although
Although / Though
Hub VI
Advice
Advice / Advise
Hub I
Advise
Advice / Advise
Hub I
Affect
Affect / Effect
Hub III
Again
Again / Against
Hub VI
Against
Again / Against
Hub VI
All right
All right / Alright
Hub V
All together
All together / Altogether
Hub VII
Alright
All right / Alright
Hub V
Altogether
All together / Altogether
Hub VII
Among
Among / Amongst
Hub III
Amongst
Among / Amongst
Hub III
Anybody
Anybody / Anyone
Hub IX
Anyone
Anybody / Anyone
Hub IX
Apart
A part / Apart
Hub III
Assess
Access / Assess
Hub IX
Assure
Assure / Ensure / Insure
Hub V
Awe
Awe / Oar / Or / Ore
Hub VIII
Bazaar
Bazaar / Bizarre
Hub VII
Been
Been / Being
Hub III
Being
Been / Being
Hub III
Bizarre
Bazaar / Bizarre
Hub VII
Bought
Bought / Brought
Hub IV
Breadth
Breadth / Breath / Breathe
Hub VII
Breath
Breadth / Breath / Breathe
Hub VII
Breathe
Breadth / Breath / Breathe
Hub VII
Brought
Bought / Brought
Hub IV
Choose
Choose / Chose
Hub V
Chose
Choose / Chose
Hub V
Complain
Complain / Complaint
Hub II
Complaint
Complain / Complaint
Hub II
Complement
Complement / Compliment
Hub II
Compliment
Complement / Compliment
Hub II
Desert
Desert / Dessert
Hub IV
Dessert
Desert / Dessert
Hub IV
Disinterest
Disinterest / Uninterest
Hub II
Effect
Affect / Effect
Hub III
Enquiry
Enquiry / Inquiry
Hub II
Ensure
Assure / Ensure / Insure
Hub V
Especially
Especially / Specially
Hub VIII
Everybody
Everybody / Everyone
Hub IX
Everyone
Everybody / Everyone
Hub IX
Except
Accept / Except
Hub VII
Expanse
Expanse / Expense
Hub IX
Expense
Expanse / Expense
Hub IX
Inquiry
Enquiry / Inquiry
Hub II
Insure
Assure / Ensure / Insure
Hub V
Intend
Intend / Intent
Hub II
Intent
Intend / Intent
Hub II
It's
It's / Its
Hub I
Its
It's / Its
Hub I
Let
Let / Let's / Lets
Hub VIII
Let's
Let / Let's / Lets
Hub VIII
Lets
Let / Let's / Lets
Hub VIII
Life
Alive / Life / Live
Hub VI
Live
Alive / Life / Live
Hub VI
Loose
Loose / Lose
Hub IV
Lose
Loose / Lose
Hub IV
May be
May be / Maybe
Hub VII
Maybe
May be / Maybe
Hub VII
No one
Nobody / No one
Hub IX
Nobody
Nobody / No one
Hub IX
Oar
Awe / Oar / Or / Ore
Hub VIII
Of
Of / Off
Hub VIII
Off
Of / Off
Hub VIII
Or
Awe / Oar / Or / Ore
Hub VIII
Ore
Awe / Oar / Or / Ore
Hub VIII
Practice
Practice / Practise
Hub I
Practise
Practice / Practise
Hub I
Pressure
Pressure / Pressurize
Hub VI
Pressurize
Pressure / Pressurize
Hub VI
Principal
Principal / Principle
Hub I
Principle
Principal / Principle
Hub I
Quiet
Quiet / Quite
Hub IV
Quite
Quiet / Quite
Hub IV
Specially
Especially / Specially
Hub VIII
Somebody
Somebody / Someone
Hub IX
Someone
Somebody / Someone
Hub IX
Than
Than / Then
Hub III
Then
Than / Then
Hub III
Though
Although / Though
Hub VI

Commonly Confused Words - N to Z

Commonly Confused Words
Associated Words
Hub
Pair
Pair / Pare / Pear
Hub IX
Pare
Pair / Pare / Pear
Hub IX
Pear
Pair / Pare / Pear
Hub IX
Propriety
Proprietary / Propriety
Hub IX
Proprietary
Proprietary / Propriety
Hub IX
Thorough
Thorough / Though / Through
Hub V
Though
Thorough / Though / Through
Hub V
Through
Thorough / Though / Through
Hub V
To
To / Too / Two
Hub VIII
Too
To / Too / Two
Hub VIII
Two
To / Too / Two
Hub VIII
Went
Went / When
Hub IV
When
Went / When
Hub IV
While
While / Whilst
Hub V
Whilst
While / Whilst
Hub V
Uninterest
Disinterest / Uninterest
Hub II
Your
Your / You're
Hub I
You're
Your / You're
Hub I

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    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Hello, hello,. :)

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Great list and great help. Thank you.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Genna East - I have that pair on my list but I haven't done it yet. I'll remember that you suggested it. :)

      tebo - Just wondering if you have problems with advice/advise. If you don't, then just use the same rules with practice/practise. :)

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      tebo 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      There are certainly many words that sound alike in the English language but are spelt differently. I just checked Hub 1 and commented on practice/practise, as I can never decide which is which. Thanks for clarifying that.

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent list; I thought a while and awhile might be included; oddly enough this is the only word that confuses me. :) Well done.

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