commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (ukwamukela) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (abangaphezu kwemfuneko) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (siyavuma) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (ebese) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (bat) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (beat) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Calender (calender) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (uhlole) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (zilandise) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (ezihlambulukileyo) - The room is clean.

Clear (kucace) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (coma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die (bafe) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (fumanisa) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (isomiso) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (engabonakaliyo) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (enobulungisa) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (flower) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (umgubo) - Bread is made with flour.

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

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

Fast (fast) - The horse runs fast.

First (Ekuqaleni) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (inyama) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (lalela) - Listen to what i say.

Human (abantu) - To err is human.

Humane (onobuntu) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (nzima) - He works hard.

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

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

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

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

Honourable (azukileyo) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (imbali) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (industrial) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

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

Live (siphile) - We live in the village.

Lovable (ezithandekayo) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (ezithandekayo) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (inyama) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (main) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (go) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (esemthethweni) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (ipeni) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

Pet (isilo-qabane) - The cat is a pet animal.

Peace (uxolo) - We want peace.

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

Paper (iphepha) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (elinabantu) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

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

Physique (somzimba) - He has a good physique.

Pity (ububonisa) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (thandaza) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (ethule) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (kakhulu) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (bayala) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (roll) - What is your roll number?



Seat (isihlalo) - Please have your seat.

Sit (bahlale) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (sweet) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (athengise) - He is selling his products.

Soul (umphefumlo) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (ngamaxesha athile) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (zokubhala) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (social) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (udlelwano) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (ukutshela) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (incasa) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (basedolophini) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (amandla) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (afake) - He always wear hat.

Wire (wire) - This is an electric wire.

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