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Confusing Words and Some Common Mistakes in English

The English language has quite a few words that appear so similar that it’s hard to tell the difference.

For example, what’s the difference between speak and talk? Advice and Advise? Ad and add?

We will fully explain all these pairs and many others in this section.

These explanations are taken from the Really Learn English Newsletter. 

Confusing Words – Explained!

(ordered alphabetically)

What’s the difference Between “accept” and “except”?

What’s the difference Between “ad” and “add”?

What’s the difference Between “advice” and “advise”?

What’s the difference between “affect” and “effect”?

What’s the difference between “been to” and “gone to”?

What’s the difference between “borrowing” a book and “lending” a book?

What’s the difference between “break” and “brake”?

What’s the difference between “bring” and “take”?

What’s the difference between “capital” and “capitol”?

What’s the difference between “desert” and “dessert”?

What’s the difference between “e.g.” and “i.e.”?

What’s the difference between “expand” and “expend”?

What is the difference between “every day” and “everyday”?

What’s the difference between “farther” and “further”?

What’s the difference between “good” and “well”?

What’s the difference between “hear” and “listen”?

What’s the difference between “into” and “in to”?

What’s the difference between “loose” and “lose”?

What’s the difference between “must not” and “don’t have to”?

What’s the difference between “of” and “off”?

What’s the difference between “past” and “passed”?

What’s the difference between “peace” and “piece”?

What’s the difference between “raise” and “rise”?

What’s the holiday season and what’s the difference between the different holiday season greetings?

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