Commonly Confused Words
Some words sound the same, but are spelled differently and have very different meanings. Using the wrong word is easy to do, but it is just as easy to use them correctly if you study a few at a time.
The following words are frequently confused and used incorrectly:
Their: belongs to them
Example: I found their house by using Google Maps.
There: location (Replace it with the similar word “where.”)
Example: We will be going there today.
Loose: (rhymes with moose) not close together – free
Example: Baby’s front tooth is loose.
Lose: to suffer loss
Example: Our team is going to lose tonight.
Hear: to receive sound through the ears
Example: I hope to hear him sing tonight.
Here: this place
Example: Let’s stop here and rest.
Passed: verb, past tense of pass
Example: Father passed me the potatoes.
Past: noun, preposition, or adjective
Example: I wonder if he had a troubled past.
Example: Her past experience is valuable.
Example: The plane flew past the buildings.
Peace: the opposite of war
Example: We are praying for peace in the Middle East.
Piece: a portion of something
Example: Please cut me a piece of cake.
After you finish writing a paper, do a word search for the words above to be sure you have chosen the correct word.
You will find a free lesson and quiz to practice using these words at this link.
Thank you for reading, Charlene Tess