Writing Tips: Commonly Confused Words

Posted by on December 1, 2016

It’s pretty easy to get them confused and most spellcheckers won’t help you correct them either. The English language has a lot of words that either look alike, sound alike or, worst of all, look and sounds alike but have completely different meanings.Close Up Of Old English Dictionary Page With Word Definition.

Here is a list of often confused words:

  • affect/effect

    WRONG: No amount of arguing will effect the referee’s decision.

    RIGHT: No amount of arguing will affect the referee’s decision.

  • desert/dessert

    WRONG: I could not get enough of the delicious desert.

    RIGHT: I could not get enough of the delicious dessert.

  • flaunt/flout

    WRONG: We fired him for flaunting basic company rules.

    RIGHT: We fired him for flouting basic company rules.

  • imply/infer

    WRONG: I implied from his nervous manner that he had something to hide.

    RIGHT: I inferred from his nervous manner that he had something to hide.

  • waist/waste

    WRONG: It is foolish to waist so much food.

    RIGHT: It is foolish to waste so much food.

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