Commonly confused words

Words, either through typos or through not understand actual meanings, can often be mistake through spell check. Now, oftentimes we don’t know that we made a mistake, and usually it is easier to look it up in the dictionary. However, just in case you were wondering, this is my non-comprehensive  list of all similar words and homophones that I could find.

Just in case you were wondering, I have a total of 452 words.

As a note, for those using safari or firefox, you can press either cmd+down arrow or spacebar to get to the bottom and tell me how impressed you are with me. :)

That being said, here is my list of commonly confused words.

  1. a lot / allot
  2. accent / ascent / assent
  3. accept / except
  4. acts / ax
  5. ad / add
  6. ado/adieu
  7. ads / adds / adz
  8. adverse / averse
  9. advice / advise
  10. affect / effect
  11. aide / aid
  12. ail / ale
  13. air / heir / err
  14. aisle / isle / I’ll
  15. all / awl
  16. all ready / already
  17. all together / altogether
  18. allowed / aloud
  19. allude / elude
  20. allusion / illusion
  21. already / all ready
  22. altar / alter
  23. angel / angle
  24. ant / aunt
  25. arc / ark
  26. are / our
  27. assay / essay
  28. assent / ascent
  29. assistance / assistants
  30. ate / eight
  31. aural / oral
  32. away / aweigh
  33. axil / axle
  34. aye / eye
  35. bail / bale
  36. bait / bate
  37. ball / bawl
  38. band / banned
  39. bard / barred
  40. bare / bear
  41. baron / barren
  42. base / bass
  43. bases / basis
  44. bazaar / bizarre
  45. be / bee
  46. beach / beech
  47. beat / beet
  48. beau / bow
  49. bell / belle
  50. berry / bury
  51. berth / birth
  52. billed / build
  53. bit / bite
  54. bite / byte
  55. blew / blue
  56. bloc / block
  57. boar / bore
  58. board / bored
  59. boarder / border
  60. bode / bowed
  61. bolder / boulder
  62. born / borne
  63. bough / bow
  64. bouillon / bullion
  65. boy / buoy
  66. braid/brayed
  67. braise/brays
  68. brake / break
  69. bread / bred
  70. breath / breathe / breadth
  71. brewed / brood
  72. brews / bruise
  73. bridle / bridal
  74. broach / brooch
  75. browse / brows
  76. bus/buss
  77. bussed/bust
  78. but / butt
  79. buy / by / bye
  80. cache / cash
  81. callous / callus
  82. cannon / canon
  83. canvas / canvass
  84. capital / capitol
  85. carat / carrot / caret / karat
  86. carol / carrel
  87. cast / caste
  88. cede / seed
  89. ceiling / sealing
  90. cell / sell
  91. cellar / seller
  92. censor / sensor
  93. cent / scent / sent
  94. cents / scents / sense
  95. cereal / serial
  96. cession / session
  97. chance / chants
  98. chased / chaste
  99. cheap / cheep
  100. chews / choose
  101. chic / sheik
  102. chilly / chili
  103. choir / quire
  104. choose / chose / choice
  105. choral / coral
  106. chord / cord
  107. chute / shoot
  108. cite / sight / site
  109. clause / claws
  110. click / clique
  111. close / clothes / cloze
  112. clothes / cloths
  113. coal / cole
  114. coarse / course
  115. colonel / kernel
  116. complement / compliment
  117. conscience / conscious
  118. coo / coup
  119. coop / coupe
  120. core / corps
  121. corps / corpse
  122. correspondence / correspondents
  123. council / counsel
  124. creak / creek
  125. crews / cruise
  126. cruel / crewel
  127. cue / queue
  128. currant / current
  129. curser / cursor
  130. cymbal / symbol
  131. dairy / diary
  132. dam / damn
  133. days / daze
  134. dear / deer
  135. definitely / defiantly
  136. defused / diffused
  137. descent / dissent
  138. dessert / desert
  139. device / devise
  140. dew / do / due
  141. die / dye
  142. disburse / disperse
  143. discreet / discrete
  144. do / dew / due
  145. doe / dough
  146. dominant / dominate
  147. done / dun
  148. draft / draught
  149. dual / duel
  150. dyeing / dying
  151. earn / urn
  152. eight / ate
  153. elicit / illicit
  154. eminent / imminent
  155. envelop / envelope
  156. everyday / every day
  157. ewe / you / yew
  158. eye / I
  159. facts / fax
  160. faint / feint
  161. fair / fare
  162. farther / further
  163. faun / fawn
  164. faze / phase
  165. feat / feet
  166. find / fined
  167. fir / fur
  168. fist / first
  169. flair / flare
  170. flair / flare
  171. flea / flee
  172. flex/flecks
  173. flew / flu / flue
  174. flocks / phlox
  175. flour / flower
  176. for / four / fore
  177. foreword / forward
  178. formally / formerly
  179. fort / forte
  180. forth / fourth
  181. foul / fowl
  182. friar / fryer
  183. fur / fir
  184. gait / gate
  185. gene / jean
  186. gild / guild
  187. gilt / guilt
  188. gnu / knew / new
  189. gored / gourd
  190. gorilla / guerrilla
  191. grayed/grade
  192. grease / Greece
  193. great / grate
  194. groan / grown
  195. guessed / guest
  196. hail / hale
  197. hair / hare
  198. hall / haul
  199. halve / have
  200. half / have
  201. hangar / hanger
  202. hart / heart
  203. hay / hey
  204. heal / heel / he’ll
  205. hear / here
  206. heard / herd
  207. heed / he’d
  208. hertz / hurts
  209. hew / hue / Hugh
  210. hi / high
  211. higher / hire
  212. him / hymn
  213. hoar / whore
  214. hoard / horde
  215. hoarse / horse
  216. hoes / hose
  217. hold / holed
  218. hole / whole
  219. holey / holy / wholly
  220. hostel / hostile
  221. hour / our
  222. human / humane
  223. idle / idol
  224. illicit / elicit
  225. in / inn
  226. insight / incite
  227. instance / instants
  228. intense / intents
  229. iron / ion
  230. its / it’s
  231. jail / gel / jell
  232. jam / jamb
  233. jeans / genes
  234. knap / nap
  235. knead / kneed / need
  236. knew / new
  237. knight / night
  238. knit / nit
  239. knot / not
  240. know / no
  241. know / now
  242. knows / nose
  243. laid / lade
  244. lain / lane
  245. later / latter
  246. lay / lei
  247. leach / leech
  248. lead / led
  249. leak / leek
  250. lean / lien
  251. leased / least
  252. lee / lea
  253. lessen / lesson
  254. levee / levy
  255. liar / lier / lyre
  256. lichen / liken
  257. lie / lye
  258. lieu / Lou
  259. lightning / lightening
  260. links / lynx
  261. load / lode
  262. loan / lone
  263. locks / lox
  264. loins / lions
  265. loop/loupe
  266. loose / lose
  267. loot / lute
  268. low / lo
  269. made / maid
  270. mail / male
  271. main / mane / Maine
  272. maize / maze
  273. male / mail
  274. mall / maul
  275. manner / manor
  276. mantel / mantle
  277. marry / merry / Mary
  278. marshal / martial
  279. massed / mast
  280. material / materiel
  281. maybe / may be
  282. meat / meet / mete
  283. medal / metal / mettle / meddle
  284. might / mite
  285. mince / mints
  286. mind / mined
  287. miner / minor
  288. missed / mist
  289. moan / mown
  290. mode / mowed
  291. moose / mousse
  292. moral / morale
  293. morn / mourn
  294. mourning / morning
  295. muscle / mussel
  296. must/mussed
  297. mustard / mustered
  298. naval / navel
  299. nay / neigh
  300. nix/nicks
  301. none / nun
  302. ode / owed
  303. oh / owe
  304. one / won
  305. or / ore / oar
  306. overdo / overdue
  307. overseas / oversees
  308. pail / pale
  309. pain / pane
  310. pair / pare / pear
  311. palate / palette / pallet
  312. passed / past
  313. patience / patients
  314. pause / paws
  315. pea / pee
  316. peace / piece
  317. peak / peek / pique
  318. peal / peel
  319. pear / pair
  320. pearl / purl
  321. pedal / peddle / petal
  322. peer / pier
  323. per / purr
  324. personal / personnel
  325. phrase/frays
  326. pie / pi
  327. pier / peer
  328. place/ plaice
  329. plain / plane
  330. plait / plate
  331. pleas / please
  332. plum / plumb
  333. pole / poll
  334. poor / pour / paw / pore
  335. praise/prays/preys
  336. pray / prey
  337. precede / proceed
  338. presence / presents
  339. prince / prints
  340. principal / principle
  341. profit / prophet
  342. quiet / quite
  343. rack / wrack
  344. rain / reign / rein
  345. raise / rays / raze
  346. rap / wrap
  347. rapped / rapt / wrapped
  348. rational / rationale
  349. raw / roar
  350. read / red
  351. read / reed
  352. real / reel
  353. reek / wreak
  354. respectfully / respectively
  355. rest / wrest
  356. retch / wretch
  357. reverend / reverent
  358. review / revue
  359. right / rite / write
  360. ring / wring
  361. road / rode / rowed
  362. roam / Rome
  363. roe / row
  364. role / roll
  365. root / route / rout
  366. rose / rows
  367. rote / wrote
  368. rough / ruff
  369. rung / wrung
  370. rye / wry
  371. sail / sale
  372. scared / scarred
  373. scene / seen
  374. scull / skull
  375. sea / see
  376. seam / seem
  377. seas / sees / seize
  378. sense / since
  379. serf / surf
  380. sew / so / sow
  381. shear / sheer
  382. shoe / shoo
  383. shone / shown
  384. shore / sure
  385. side / sighed
  386. sighs / size
  387. sight / site / cite
  388. slay / sleigh
  389. sleight / slight
  390. slew / slue / slough
  391. soar / sore
  392. soared / sword
  393. sole / soul
  394. some / sum
  395. son / sun
  396. staid / stayed
  397. stair / stare
  398. stake / steak
  399. stationary / stationery
  400. steal / steel
  401. step / steppe
  402. stile / style
  403. straight / strait
  404. suite / sweet
  405. summary / summery
  406. surge / serge
  407. tacks / tax
  408. tail / tale
  409. taught / taut
  410. tea / tee
  411. team / teem
  412. tear / tier
  413. tern / turn
  414. than / then
  415. their / there / they’re
  416. theirs / there’s
  417. therefore / therefor
  418. threw / through
  419. through / thorough / thought
  420. thrown / throne
  421. thyme / time
  422. tic / tick
  423. tide / tied
  424. to / too / two
  425. toad / towed
  426. toe / tow
  427. told / tolled
  428. track / tract
  429. trail / trial
  430. trussed / trust
  431. vain / vane / vein
  432. vale / veil
  433. vary / very
  434. vial / vile
  435. vice / vise
  436. wade / weighed
  437. wail / whale
  438. waist / waste
  439. wait / weight
  440. waive / wave
  441. wale / whale / wail
  442. want / wont
  443. ware / wear / where
  444. way / weigh / whey
  445. ways / weighs
  446. we / wee
  447. we’d / weed
  448. we’ll / wheel
  449. we’ve / weave
  450. weak / week
  451. weal / wheel
  452. wear / where
  453. weather / whether / wether
  454. wet / whet
  455. where / were
  456. which / witch
  457. while / wile
  458. whine / wine
  459. whirled/world
  460. whirred/word
  461. whose / who’s
  462. won / wan
  463. wood / would
  464. worn/warn
  465. write / right
  466. yoke / yolk
  467. yore / your / you’re
  468. you’ll / yole / yule

So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed.

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About Abigail

I'm an elementary education major at a college in the Midwest. I might graduate as early as December '13 but more likely May '14. I write when I can. I also knit on occasion, draw, do homework and contradict teachers to make people think. :)

2 responses to “Commonly confused words”

  1. Terribly Write says :

    Great list, but you missed:
    place/ plaice
    ado/adieu
    flex/flecks
    must/mussed
    bus/buss
    bussed/bust
    praise/prays/preys
    grayed/grade
    loop/loupe
    sex/sects
    nix/nicks
    braid/brayed
    braise/brays
    phrase/frays
    worn/warn
    whirred/word
    whirled/world
    … and many more
    Also, 15 and 20 are duplicates

    • Abigail says :

      Thanks for the additions. I know I missed a lot, but that’s probably why there is no comprehensive collection out there. I’ll add those in though.

      And about duplicates, I expected there are probably more than just 15 and 20. Part of my logic was that if they weren’t close together, a person might look up their word and see there’s nothing similar, but it is really in paired with another word. I also didn’t have to go back then and check it repeatedly just in case. :)

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