Vocabulary: Words that Confuse

Last updated: May 27, 2017 at 3:30 am

confuse photoOften, two words will sound and spell very similar to each other. However, their meanings will be distinct. These are words that confuse.

In this lesson we will study some, but not all, of the commonly confused words. Because there are many more such words in the English Language, it is your duty as a student to pay careful attention to words that confuse and learn them by heart.

In the sentences below, choose the correct word from the parentheses to complete the sentence.

  1. The boy went to the shop and bought an (envelop, envelope).
  2. Night will come quickly and (envelop, envelope) the city.
  3. If you leave your country to live in another, you old neighbors will call you an (emigrant, immigrant).
  4. If you leave your country to live in another, your new neighbors will call you an (emigrant, immigrant).
  5. Carrying out your duties promptly will aid in (lightning, lightening) your burdens in the long run.
  6. They say that (lightning, lightening) never strikes the same spot twice.
  7. It is easy to (lose, loose) your orientation when you’re far away from home.
  8. He found some (lose, loose) coins in his pocket.
  9. The young man read his (correspondence, correspondents) as soon as he received it.
  10. Long ago, through a penpal program, students had (correspondence, correspondents) from all over the world.
  11. The new company produces the best in both men’s and women’s (clothes, cloths).
  12. We use a special (clothes, cloths) to shine our shoes.
  13. Hazardous working environment negatively (affect, effect) one’s health.
  14. The (effect, affect) of the sun’s rays is beneficial.
  15. When we make a purchase, we are often issued with a (receipt, recipe).
  16. The (receipt, recipe) for making bread was fantastic.
  17. The head of a school is also called the (principle, principal).
  18. Good (principles, principals) make a great life.
  19. The words “maple” and “apple” are said to (rhyme, rhythm).
  20. The ticking of the clock produces a familiar (rhyme, rhythm).

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