WORDS OFTEN CONFUSED–General English

There are several words that may be confusing because they are similar in meaning or pronunciation but have different meanings. This is another important section on which questions will be asked in different formats. The candidates should be very careful in answering this section. Knowledge of the meaning of both the words is essential. For this a list of some words that are often confused is given below. Read them carefully and practice.

WORDS OFTEN CONFUSED

1. Accept - agree
Except - to exclude

2. Accede - agree
Exceed - surpass

3. Adapt - adjust
Adopt - take an idea

4. Advice - opinion
Advise - to counsel

5. Affect - change
Effect - result

6. Allude - to suggest indirectly
Elude  - to dodge or escape

7. Allusion - reference
Illusion - false belief

8. Alter - change
Altar - a raised paltform

9. Ascent - the act of climbing up
Assent - consent

10. Atone  - to make amends
Attain - to reach or achieve

11. Avert - to anticipate and ward off
Overt - not concealed

12. Bare - plain
Bear - endure

13. Beside - next to
Besides - also, additionally

14. Birth - the process of being born
Berth - a bed on a train

15. Brake - device to lock the wheels
Break - smash

16. By law - according to law
Bylaw - rules adopted by an organization

17. Cannon  - very large gun
Canon  - an ecclesiastical code of laws

18. Canvas - cloth used for painting
Canvass - solicit votes

19. Caret  - a proof-reader's symbol
Carat  - a unit of measure of the purity of gold
Carrot  - an orange root vegetable

20.Carpus - wrist
Corpus - body

21. Cell - small room
Sell - exchange for money

22. Censor  - to prohibit free expression
Sensor  - something that interprets stimulation
Censure  - rebuke, harsh criticism

23. Chord - a group of notes sounded together
Cord - a string

24. Cite  - to quote or mention
Site  - a place
Sight - view

25. Coarse  - rough
Course  - a series of lectures on one subject

26. Complement  - to supplement or make complete
Compliment  - to praise or congratulate

27.Corps  - an organization of people dedicated to a single goal
Corpse  - a dead body

28. Decedent - deceased person
Dissident - one who disagrees

29.Depositary - one who receives a deposit
Depository - place where something is deposited

30. Desert - dry area of land covered with sand
Dessert - the last part of a meal

31. Engross  - to absorb full attention
In gross -existing independently, in a large quantity or sum

32. Forego - to precede
Forgo - to give up

33. Formerly - previously
Formally - officially

34. In jure - according to law
Injure - to harm

35. Lesson - a piece of instruction
Lessen - to reduce

36. Lose - misplace
Loose - not fastened

37.Lumbar - relating to vertebrae
Lumber - timber ready for use

38.Misogamy - hatred of marriage
Misogyny - hatred of women

39.Opposite - contrary
Apposite - appropriate; relevant

40.Overseas - beyond or across the sea
Oversees - surveys; supervises

41.Pause - a temporary stop
Paws - feet of animals

42.Peace - freedom from war
Piece - a part of a whole

43.Peak - summit; highest level
Peek - a brief look

44.Pendant - something suspended as an ornament
Pendent - supported from above

45.Pole - a rod
Poll - casting of votes

46.Principal - main
Principle - law

47.Procede - to surpass in rank
Proceed - to continue

48.Quite - wholly
Quiet - calm

49.Rein - to check or stop
Rain - to pour down
Reign - to rule

50.Stair - a flight of steps
Stare - look fixedly

51.Saver - one who saves
Savour - the taste or smell of something

52.Sever  - to separate, detach
Severe  - grim, stern

53.Side - lateral
Sighed - uttered a sigh

54.Summary - quickly executed
Summery - fit for summer

55.Team - to yoke
Teem - to abound

56.Troop - a group of soldiers
Troupe - a group of theoretical performers

57.Vain - worthless
Vein - blood vessel

58.Vice - a moral fault
Vise  - a tool with tight-holding jaws

59.Waist - part of the body
Waste - rejected material

60.Waive - to strike off
Wave - to motion with hand
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