commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words

A

Accept (talia) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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


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

Excess (silia) - Excess of everything is bad.


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Confess (taʻutaʻu atu) - You must confess your fault.


Addicted (vaisu) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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


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

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


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

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


B

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

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


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

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


Bat (peʻa) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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


Beat (pa'ō) - They will beat the thief.

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


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

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


Beside (i tafatafa o) - His house is beside the field.

Besides (e ese mai) - Besides this , He has plenty of wealth.

C

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

Calender (calender) - Every washerman has a calender.


Check (siaki) - Check your temper.

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


Cite (usu) - Cite an example.

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Childlike (faapei o se tamaitiiti) - He is liked by everybody for his childlike simplicity.


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

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


Clean (mamā) - The room is clean.

Clear (manino) - The water is clear.


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

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


Coma (koma) - My wife in a coma.

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


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

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

D

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Die (oti) - He died of fever.

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


Discover (maua) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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


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

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


Draft (ata faataitai o) - Make a draft of the petition.

Draught (ata faataitai o) - He drank the water of the glass at one draught.

Drought (lāmala) - Drought destroyed the crops.

E

Eligible (agavaa) - He is not eligible for the post.

Illegible (illegible) - Your handwriting is illegible.


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

Imminent (lē 'alofagā) - I saved him from an imminent danger.


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

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

F

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

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


Fair (tonu) - She is a fair girl.

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


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

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


Flower (fuga) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (falaoa) - Bread is made with flour.


Farther (i utā) - They will go farther than expected.

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


Fast (anapogi) - The horse runs fast.

First (tulaga tasi) - Faridul is the first boy.


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

Flesh (tino) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.

G

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

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

H

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

Listen (faalogo) - Listen to what i say.


Human (tagata) - To err is human.

Humane (agalelei) - He is humane by nature.


Hard (faigatā) - He works hard.

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


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

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


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

Honourable (mamalu) - Khaled is an honourable man.


Historic (faʻasolopito) - This is a historic Place.

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

I

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

Industrial (gaosi mea) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.

J

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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.

L

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

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


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

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


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

Live (ola) - We live in the village.


Lovable (ma alofagia) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (mānaia) - Her appearance is very lovely.


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

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

M

Meat (aano o manu) - We get meat from cow.

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


Main (tele) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (fulufulu o le solofanua) - The lioness has no mane.


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

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

 

O

Official (aloaia) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.


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

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

P

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

Pen (peni) - Pen is mighter than sword.


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

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


Peace (filemu) - We want peace.

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


Paper (pepa) - We write on paper.

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


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

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


Populous (populous) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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


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

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


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

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


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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.


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

Physique (physique) - He has a good physique.


Pity (faʻanoanoaga) - Have pity for the poor.

Piety (le faamaoni) - He is respected for his piety.


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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.


Pray (tatalo) - We should pray to allah.

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

Q

Quiet (filemu) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (matuā) - I am quite happy today.

R

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

Refuse (teʻena) - He refused to hear me.


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

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


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

Roll (taʻavale) - What is your roll number?

 

S

Seat (nofoa) - Please have your seat.

Sit (nofo) - Please sit down.


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

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


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

Sweet (suamalie) - These mangoes are very sweet.


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

Sell (faʻatau atu) - He is selling his products.


Soul (agaga) - The soul never dies.

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


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

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


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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.


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

Sometimes (o nisi taimi e) - He sometimes come here.


Stationary (mautū) - The sun is stationary.

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


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

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


Social (lautele) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (faʻaleuō) - He ia a sociable man.

T

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

Tell (taʻu) - Please tell us a story.

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


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

Taste (tofo) - Honey tastes sweet.

 

U

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

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.

V

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

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



W

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

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


Weak (vāivai) - He is very weak.

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

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


Wear (fai) - He always wear hat.

Wire (uaea) - This is an electric wire.

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