commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (aksepte) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (depase) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (konfese) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (dejwe) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (baton) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (bat) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

Beside (bò kote) - His house is beside the field.

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


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

Calender (calender) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (tcheke) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (site) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (pwòp) - The room is clean.

Clear (klè) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (koma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


Dear (renmen anpil) - My father is dear to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die (mouri) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (dekouvri) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (sechrès) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (lizibl) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (jis) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (flè) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (farin frans) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (pi lwen) - They will go farther than expected.

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

Fast (vit) - The horse runs fast.

First (premye) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (vyann) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (koute) - Listen to what i say.

Human (moun) - To err is human.

Humane (imen) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (difisil) - He works hard.

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

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

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

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

Honourable (onorab) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (istorik) - This is a historic Place.

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


Industrious (travay rèd) - Industrious people never fail in life.

Industrial (endistriyèl) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


Jealous (fè jalouzi) - He is jealous of my success.

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

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

Live (viv) - We live in the village.

Lovable (adorable) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (bèl) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (vyann) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (prensipal) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (krinyè) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (ofisyèl) - It is an official matter.

Officious (enporten) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (plim) - Pen is mighter than sword.

Pat (ti tap leje) - The teacher is patting the child on the shoulder.

Pet (bèt kay) - The cat is a pet animal.

Peace (lapè) - We want peace.

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

Paper (papye) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (abitan) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

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

Physique (fizik) - He has a good physique.

Pity (pitye) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (lapriyè) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (trankil) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (byen) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (refize) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (woulo liv) - What is your roll number?



Seat (chèz) - Please have your seat.

Sit (chita) - Please sit down.

See (wè) - I see a bird in the nest.

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

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

Sweet (dous) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (vann) - He is selling his products.

Soul (nanm) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (pafwa) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (estasyonè) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (sosyal) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (sosyabl) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (di) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (gou) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (urben) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (fèb) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (mete) - He always wear hat.

Wire (fil) - This is an electric wire.

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