Commonly Confused Words: 20+ Pairs of English Words We Often Confuse

It’s hard to deny the fact that the English language has a lot of commonly confused words. They either look alike, sound alike or, worst of all, look and sound alike (but have completely different meanings). Here is a collection of some of the commonly misused words that you often encounter.

List of Commonly Misused Words

Here is most commonly confused words:

  • Allowed/ Aloud

– Allowed: Permitted

– Aloud: Clearly heard

  • Who/ Whom

– Who: subject

– Whom: object

  • Allude/ Elude

– Allude: Make indirect reference

– Elude: Escape from something

  • Which/ Witch

– Which: What one

– Witch: Sorceress

  • Ate/ Eight

– Ate: Past tense of eat

– Eight: The number

  • Weather/ Whether

– Weather: Atmospheric conditions

– Whether: If, in case

  • Break/ Brake

– Break: Smash, split

– Brake: Stopping device

  • Weak/ Week

– Weak: Feeble

– Week: Seven days

  • By/ Buy

– By: Preposition

– Buy: Purchase

– To: In the direction of

– Too: Also

  • Capital/ Capitol

– Capital: City, wealth

– Capitol: Building

  • Than/ Then

– Than: Comparison

– Then: At that time

  • Coarse/ Course

– Coarse: Rough

– Course: Way or path

  • Stationary/ Stationery

– Stationary: Not moving

– Stationery: Writing paper

  • Ensure/ Insure

– Ensure: Guarantee

– Insure: Financial liability

  • Quiet/ Quite

– Quiet: Silent

– Quite: Really, positively

  • Farther/ Further

– Farther: Physical distance

– Further: Abstract idea

  • Principle/ Principal

– Principle: Rule

– Principal: Chief person

  • For/ Four

– For: Preposition

– Four: The number

  • Plain/ Plane

– Plain: Simple

– Plane: Flat surface

  • Forth/ Fourth

– Forth: Forward

– Fourth: Comes after third

  • Peace/ Piece

– Peace: Absence of war

– Piece: Part, portion

  • Hear/ Here

– Hear: Perceive

– Here: In this place

  • Loose/ Lose

– Loose: Free

– Lose: Misplace

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Commonly Misused Words in English

Commonly Confused Words in English

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