Do You Know The Difference Between These Commonly Confused Words?

EDUCATION

By: Becky Stigall

5 Min Quiz

Which one of these words means "to receive"?

Accept means to receive. It is often confused with except, which means to exclude.

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Which one of these words means "to influence"?

Affect means to influence. Affect is often confused with effect, which is the result of an affect.

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Which one of these words means "to give or assign"?

Allot means to give or assign. Alot is not a word, but a lot may be used to describe a large quantity of something.

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Which of the following means "an indirect reference"?

An allusion is an indirect reference. An illusion is something unreal or deceptive.

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Which of the following is a "secret stash"?

A cache is a secret stash. It is often confused with cash, which is pronounced the same.

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Which of the following means "to complete"?

Complement means to complete. Compliment is an expression of flattery.

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Which of the following means "to abandon"?

Desert means to abandon. It can also mean a dry, arid region. Dessert is what you eat after dinner.

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Which one of these words means "other than"?

Except means other than. It is often confused with accept, which means to receive.

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Which one of these words means "result"?

Effect means result. It is often confused with affect, which means "to influence."

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Which of the following is "something unreal"?

An illusion is something unreal. An allusion is an indirect reference to something.

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Which of the following means "illegal"?

Illicit refers to something illegal. Elicit means "to draw forth."

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Which of the following means "copied"?

Imitated means copied. Intimated means to imply.

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Which of the following refers to money?

Cash refers to money. Cache refers to a secret hiding place.

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Which of the following means "to flatter"?

Compliment means to flatter. It is often confused with complement which means to complete.

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Which of the following means "belonging to"?

It's means belonging to. It's is a contraction of the words it + is.

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Which of the following is a metal?

Lead is a metal. Led is the past tense of "to lead."

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Which of the following refers to the head of a school?

A principal is the head of a school. A good way to remember this is a principal is your "pal."

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Which of the following refers to a post-dinner sweet?

Dessert is a post-dinner sweet treat. Desert is a dry, arid region.

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Which of the following means "to draw forth"?

Elicit means to draw forth. Illicit refers to something illegal.

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Which of the following means "to fail"?

Lose means to fail. Loose means not tight.

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Which of the following is the past tense of the verb "to pass"?

Passed is the past tense of the verb "to pass." Past refers to a time that is over.

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Which of the following means "a fundamental truth"?

A principle is a fundamental truth. A principal is the head of a school.

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Which of the following means "to go before"?

To precede is to go before. To proceed is to continue.

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Which of the following refers to a view?

A sight is a view. A site is a piece of land.

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Which of the following refers to something that is immobile?

Something that is stationary is immobile. Stationery refers to writing materials.

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Which of the following means "implied"?

Intimated means implied. Imitated means copied.

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Which of the following is a combination of the words "it" and "is"?

It's is a contraction of the words "it" and "is." Its is a possessive pronoun that means "belonging to."

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Which of the following is the past tense of the verb "to lead"?

Led is the past tense of the verb "to lead." Lead is a type of metal.

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Which of the following means "belonging to them"?

Their means belonging to them. They're is a conjunction of the words "they" and "are." There refers to placement.

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Which of the following refers to a place?

A site is a place designated for a particular purpose. Sight is a field of vision or a view.

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Which of the following means "not tight"?

Loose means not tight. Lose means to fail.

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Which of the following refers to a time that is gone?

Past refers to a time that is gone. Passed is the past tense of "to pass." So confusing!

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Which of the following means "to continue"?

To proceed is to continue. To precede is to go before.

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Which of the following refers to tools used for writing?

Stationery refers to writing materials. Stationary refers to something immobile.

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Which of the following means "also"?

Too means also. Two is a number. To is a preposition.

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Then and than; where and wear; their, there and they're. So many words; so little understanding! Do you know the difference between each of these words?

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