Commonly Confused Words

In English, there are several words which look or sounds very similar but have difference in their meaning. These types of words tend to cause confusion. Here are some confusing words with their specific meaning which will make you understand accurately so that you can use these to spell and write correctly.

  • Alone
    without any other people Ex- I am alone at home.

    unhappy because you have no friends or people to talk to Ex- Feeling lonely.
  • Abject
    without any pride or respect for yourself Ex- He died in abject poverty in 1961 at the age of 50 years.

    target Ex- She dropped the cloth and moved to the next object, which was obviously a painting.
  • Accessory
    an extra piece of equipment that is useful but not essential Ex- The best accessory a girl can own is confidence.

    a person who helps in any act, especially a crime Ex- He was charged with being accessary to the crime.
  • Affirm
    to state firmly or publicly that something is true or that you support something strongly Ex- His story affirmed my doubts.

    to state or show that something is definitely true or correct, especially by providing evidence Ex- The police confirmed the criminal’s identity.
  • Award
    to make an official decision to give something to somebody as a payment, prize etc Ex- The jury awarded a million dollars to the team.

    a thing that you are given because you have done something good, worked hard etc Ex- The scout was rewarded for courageous action.
  • Artist
    a person who creates works of art, especially paintings or drawings Ex- Every artist needs an audience.

    a professional entertainer such as singer, a dancer or an actor Ex- She was a popular French music hall artiste in the late 19th century.
  • Avenge
    to punish or hurt somebody in return for something bad or wrong that they have done to you, your family or friends Ex- He wants to avenge the murder of his brother.

    to punish or hurt somebody because they have made you suffer Ex- I want my revenge against both of you.
  • Alien
    a creature from another world Ex- He is an alien to me.

    to arrange something in the correct position Ex- Align the wheels of my car.
  • All round
    with a wide range of skills or abilities Ex- The student must develop all round qualities.

    All around
    including many different subjects, skills etc Ex- Climate change will be a problem all around the world.
  • Afflict
    to affect somebody/something in an unpleasant or harmful way Ex- Acne can afflict any part of the skin.

    to make somebody/something suffer something unpleasantly Ex- The principal inflicted his rage on the students.
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