commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words

A

Accept (aanvaar) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

Except (aanvaar) - Except Oveget, I will not attend her cultural function.


Access (toegang) - The class caption has free access to the Headmaster.

Excess (meer) - Excess of everything is bad.


Adapt (aanpas) -He adapted himself to the new school.

Adept (meesters) - He is adept in Nazrul song.

Adopt (neem) - Don't adopt unfair means in the examination.


Advice (advies) - Last night My father gave me a good advice.

Advise (adviseer) - My all well wishers advised me to go through a book.


Affect (invloed) - Excess labor must affect your body.

Effect (effek) - The effects of war are not good.


Ascent (trap) - The ascent to the mountain is not a easy task.

Assent (instemming) - I need your assent regarding this matter.


Admit (erken) - Mukul admits that he was wrong.

Confess (bely) - You must confess your fault.


Addicted (verslaaf) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

Devoted (toegewyde) - Munir is devoted to all newspaper technical support.


Assay (toets) - Plabon always assays to help others.

Essay (opstel) - I am writing an essay on discipline.


Altar (altaar) - The goat was sacrificed on the altar.

Alter (verander) - Nothing is left in this city to be altered.


B

Bag (sak) - Hafez has a wonderful laptop bag.

Beg (bedel) - The older man is begging from door to door.


Bad (slegte) - Never try to mingle with the bad boys.

Bed (bed) - I must go to the bed as I feel sleepy.


Bat (kolf) - Bats do not lay eggs.

Bet (weddenskap) - I bet, You will lose the match.


Beat (klop) - They will beat the thief.

Bit (bit) - Mukul ate every bit of his cake.


Berth (bed) - Poor people can not reserve a berth in the train.

Birth (geboorte) - The cow gave birth to a culf yesterday.


Beside (langs) - His house is beside the field.

Besides (behalwe) - Besides this , He has plenty of wealth.

C

Calendar (kalender) - I gave him a calendar of 2014.

Calender (kalender) - Every washerman has a calender.


Check (tjek) - Check your temper.

Cheque (tjek) - I gave him a cheque of TK. 500.


Cite (noem) - Cite an example.

Site (werf) - This is the new site of our school.

Sight (oë) - Her eye-sight is defective.


Coarse (growwe) - She can not eat coarse rice.

Course (kursus) - The ship has changed his course.


Corps (korps) - A corps of soldiers was sent to the flood affected area.

Corpse (lyk) - A corpse is lying by the road.


Childish (kinderagtige) - I don't like your childish manners.

Childlike (kinderlike) - He is liked by everybody for his childlike simplicity.


Council (raad) - Ramih is the new chairman of the Union council.

Counsel (raad) - My teacher gave a good counsel.


Clean (skoon) - The room is clean.

Clear (duidelik) - The water is clear.


Custom (persoonlike) - The custom is no longer in vogue.

Costume (kostuum) - You should not wear fancy costume.


Coma (koma) - My wife in a coma.

Comma (komma) - Put a comma (.) after the verb.


Canon (kanon) - A society has its own canons.

Cannon (kanon) - The soldiers use cannons in the battle field.

D

Dear (Geagte) - My father is dear to me.

Deer (takbokke) - There are many deer in the Sundarbans.


Drown (verdrink) - The boy was drowned in the river.

Sink (wasbak) - The boat sank in the river.


Disease (siekte) - He is suffering from skin disease.

Decease (heengaan) - Do you know the time of your decease ?.


Dairy (melkery) - Have you ever visited the Sirajgonj dairy farm.

Diary (dagboek) - It is good to keep a diary.


Die (sterf) - He died of fever.

Dye (kleurstof) - The cloth is dyed in fast colour.


Discover (ontdek) - Columbus discovered America fever.

Invent (bedink) - Charle's Babbage invented the computer.


Deny (ontken) - Simu denied all charges against her.

Refuse (weier) - The servant refused to obey his orders.


Draft (konsep) - Make a draft of the petition.

Draught (konsep) - He drank the water of the glass at one draught.

Drought (droogte) - Drought destroyed the crops.

E

Eligible (in aanmerking kom) - He is not eligible for the post.

Illegible (onleesbaar) - Your handwriting is illegible.


Eminent (vooraanstaande) - Dr. Haque is an eminent scholar.

Imminent (dreigende) - I saved him from an imminent danger.


Expect (verwag) - I expect that he will pass.

Hope (hoop) - I hope you are well today.

F

Far (ver) - The market is not far from the village.

Fur (pels) - The cat has soft fur all over it's body.


Fair (billike) - She is a fair girl.

Fare (tarief) - What is the bus fair from Dhaka to Sirajgonj?


Farm (plaas) - There is an agricultural farm at Gazipur.

Firm (firma) - He is a firm in his ideas.


Flower (blom) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (meel) - Bread is made with flour.


Farther (verder) - They will go farther than expected.

Further (verder) - Further explanation is necessary to solve this problem.


Fast (vinnig) - The horse runs fast.

First (eerste) - Faridul is the first boy.


Flash (flits) - I saw a flash of lightning in the sky.

Flesh (vlees) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.

G

Gaol (tronk) - The thief was sent to the gaol.

Goal (doel) - What is the goal of your life?

H

Hear (Hoor) - I can not hear your voice.

Listen (luister) - Listen to what i say.


Human (mens) - To err is human.

Humane (menslike) - He is humane by nature.


Hard (hard) - He works hard.

Herd (trop) - A herd of sheep is grazing in the field.


Hail (hael) - The captain was hailed by all.

Hale (hale) - I am quite hale and hearty.


Honorary (ere) - He is the honorary member of our club.

Honourable (eerbare) - Khaled is an honourable man.


Historic (historiese) - This is a historic Place.

Historical (historiese) - Because of historical fact English is spoken all over the world.

I

Industrious (vlytige) - Industrious people never fail in life.

Industrial (industriële) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.

J

Jealous (jaloers) - He is jealous of my success.

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.

L

Later (later) - He reached later than all others.

Latter (laasgenoemde) - Karim and Rahim are two brothers; The former is a doctor and latteris a teacher.


Last (laaste) - Nasir is the last boy in the class.

Latest (nuutste) - This is the latest design of the car.


Leave (verlaat) - Nasir is leaving the hotel today.

Live (leef) - We live in the village.


Lovable (lief) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (pragtige) - Her appearance is very lovely.


Lose (verloor) - They may lose the match today.

Loose (los) - Oveget has put on a loose shirt.

M

Meat (vleis) - We get meat from cow.

Meet (Ontmoet) - I intend to meet him tomorrow.


Main (hoof) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (maanhare) - The lioness has no mane.


Moral (morele) - He bears a good moral character.

Morale (moraal) - They may win as their morale is very high.

 

O

Official (amptelik) - It is an official matter.

Officious (opdringerig) - He is officious by nature.


Ordinance (Ordonnansie) - A new ordinance has been promulgated.

Ordnance (gedropte) - There is an ordnance factory at Gazipur.

P

Pan (pan) - She is making the omelet with a pan.

Pen (pen) - Pen is mighter than sword.


Pat (pat) - The teacher is patting the child on the shoulder.

Pet (troeteldier) - The cat is a pet animal.


Peace (vrede) - We want peace.

Piece (stuk) - I want a piece of paper.


Paper (papier) - We write on paper.

Pepper (peper) - Don't take much pepper with curry.


Person (persoon) - Samiur Rahman is an honest person.

Parson (Parson) - We went to a parson to take moral ideas.


Populous (digbevolkte) - Dhaka is a populous city.

Popular (gewilde) - Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani was a popular leader.


Pair (paar) - I shall buy a pair of red shoes.

Pare (knip) - Pare the nails as they look ugly.


Patrol (patrollie) - The policeman are patrolling the city streets.

Petrol (petrol) - We use petrol in the motorcars.


Personal (persoonlike) - Don't read my personal diary.

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.


Physic (physiques) - Nature is a better physic than any other medicine.

Physique (liggaamsbou) - He has a good physique.


Pity (jammer) - Have pity for the poor.

Piety (vroomheid) - He is respected for his piety.


Practice (praktyk) - You need constant practice to write a better hand.

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.


Pray (Bid) - We should pray to allah.

Prey (prooi) - The tiger is a beast of prey.

Q

Quiet (stil) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (baie) - I am quite happy today.

R

Refuge (toevlug) - Many people seek refuge in highlands during flood.

Refuse (weier) - He refused to hear me.


Register (registreer) - Your name has been struck off the register.

Registrar (registrateur) - Mr. Hadi was the registrar of the Rajshahi University.


Role (rol) - In the drama He played the role of hero.

Roll (roll) - What is your roll number?

 

S

Seat (sitplek) - Please have your seat.

Sit (sit) - Please sit down.


See (sien) - I see a bird in the nest.

Sea (see) - The Bay of Bengal is a sea.


Sweat (sweet) - He earns by the sweat of his brow.

Sweet (soet) - These mangoes are very sweet.


Sale (koop) - I have kept my freeze for sale.

Sell (verkoop) - He is selling his products.


Soul (siel) - The soul never dies.

Sole (enigste) - He is the sole owner of this company.


Staff (personeel) - All members of the office staff were present in the meeting.

Stuff (dinge) - It is made of soft stuff.


Story (storie) - Please tell me a very funny story.

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.


Sometime (iewers) - Sometime, he was a teacher of this school.

Sometimes (soms) - He sometimes come here.


Stationary (stilstaande) - The sun is stationary.

Stationery (skryfbehoeftes) - I am going to a stationery shop to buy a pencil.


Ship (skip) - Rana went to America by ship.

Sheep (skape) - Many sheep are grazing in the field.


Social (sosiale) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (gesellige) - He ia a sociable man.

T

Tale (verhaal) - It was a tale of adventure.

Tell (vertel) - Please tell us a story.

Tail (stert) - A tiger has a long tail.


Test (toets) - He sat for the admission test.

Taste (smaak) - Honey tastes sweet.

 

U

Urban (stedelike) - I do not prefer urban life.

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.

V

Vain (tevergeefs) - Your all attempts will go in vain.

Vein (aar) - Blood flows through the vein to the heart.



W

Wander (dwaal) - He wandered here and there for the whole day.

Wonder (wonder) - Computer is one of the wonders of modern science.


Weak (swak) - He is very weak.

Week (week) - I shall visit trade fair on next week.

Wick (pit) - The wick of the candle has been completely burnt.


Wear (dra) - He always wear hat.

Wire (draad) - This is an electric wire.

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