Words Often Confused
Words often confused are like anything else in life. With a little patience and a lot of hard work you should be able to master the following confusing words.
Below, you will find words often confused that begin with the letter "A." I've separated the pages alphabetically to make them a little easier to learn.
I thought it might be a little intimidating for students trying to learn these confusing words to see a list with hundreds and hundreds of words on it!
You see, I actually wanted to help you learn the words often confused the most.
Be sure to visit the other pages to see all of the words my students and I've collected so far.
Accept / Except / Expect
Accept is a verb that means to "receive or take" or "to give a positive answer to a proposition or offer."
"Do you accept travelers' checks?" (receive, take)
Susan accepted his offer of a job. (gave a positive answer)
The club accepted three new members. (received)
Except as a preposition, meaning "with the exception of." (Commonly used)
"Everybody except John went to the party." (John didn't go)
Except as a verb means, "to exclude," "to keep out." (Rarely used)
The boys excepted Frank from their club.(They did not accept him)
Expect is a verb that means, "waiting for sth to happen" or "believed to be the state of sth"
I expect them to show up at any minute.Admission / Admittance
I expect that they'll want to see my passport.
I went to the U.S. Consulate but was refused admittance.Advice / Advise
No admission will be charged at the school concert.
There is no admittance into that country without a visa.
(note spelling differences between BritishEnglish and American English)Advise
is a verb.
The doctor advised her to quit smoking.Advice
is a noun.
She gave me some good advice.Affect / EffectAffect
as a verb means "to influence, act upon, or change sth or sme"
The noise inside the stadium affected his performance.
Effect is usually a noun (thing) meaning to have an impact on sth or sme.
His smile had a strange effect on me.
Effect can also mean "the end result."
The drug has many adverse side effects.
Verb. To influence
Noun. The resulting emotion
Verb. To cause to happen
We were all affected by the drought.Air / Airs
The effect of the drought was an increase in food prices.
The drought effected an increase in price
There was air pollution near the factories.(air = gas we breathe)
I don't like people who put on airs.(pretend to be something they are not)
There was an air of excitement when the match began.(feeling of excitement)
All ready / Already
All ready is an adjective phrase meaning "completely ready."
We were all ready to leave at eight o'clock. (everyone was ready)Already
is an adverb of time meaning "by, or before, a specific time."
They had already left by 3 o'clock.Almost / Most / Mostly
He had already eaten when I arrived. (before I arrived)
She is the most intelligent student in the class. (superlative degree)Altogether / All TogetherAltogether
The people in Hong-Kong are mostly Chinese. (largely, primarily)
Most of the students wish to have a rest after long hours of work. (majority)
is an adverb meaning "completely."
"I am altogether upset with you."All together
is an adjective phrase meaning "in a group."
The children sang a song all together.Alone / LonelyAlone
as an adverb means "solely" or "exclusively."
John managed to tie his shoes alone.Alone
as an adjective means "solitary" or "separate."
John enjoyed being alone in the house.
Lonely means "without company" or "cut off from others."
John was lonely when he remained all alone in the house.Amount / NumberAmount
is used with non count nouns
Unfortunately, a large amount of oil leaked out of the tanker.
Number is a noun used with countable nouns
Though few in number, judges have much power in Greece.As a whole / On the whole
Let us take the whole incident into consideration as a whole.Assure / Ensure / Insure
Jack is, on the whole, an industrious student.
The manager assures us that the recorder would be repaired properly.
The owner of the goldsmith wants to insure against robbery.
You must check your work carefully to ensure that you do not make any mistakes.
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