Know the difference between commonly confusing Words.

English is a rich language. In the country like India People often get confused with some words which have almost same spelling but different meaning. Lets dig deeper into these confusing words and know the difference between them. 

1. Accept Vs. Except

AcceptTo agree to receive or do.

Ex. “They accept American Express cards.”
ExceptNot including

Ex. “They accept cards except American express.”

2. Practice Vs. Practise

Practice The use of an idea or method; the work or business of a doctor, dentist, etc.

Ex. “I need to practice a little more.”
Practise –  To do something repeatedly to gain skill.

Ex. “If he practises with ball control, his skills will increase.”

3. Principal Vs. Principle

Principalmost important;

Ex. “the head of a school Ram is the principal of school.”
Principle –  a fundamental rule or belief

Ex. “His fundamental principles do not allow him to do something against his parents.”

4. Stationary Vs. Stationery

Stationary not moving

Ex. “Tortoise was stationary for half an hour.”
Stationery –  writing materials

Ex. “Please bring me some stationery items for my college.”

5. Advice Vs. Advise

Advice –  recommendations about what to do

Ex. “I’ll follow your advice.”
Adviseto recommend something

Ex. “She advised him not to go.”

6. Altar  Vs. Alter

Altara sacred table in a church

Ex. “The groom left the bride standing at the altar.”
Alterto change

Ex. “She altered her old clothes to make them look more fashionable.”

7. Ensure Vs. Insure

Ensureto make certain that something will happen

Ex. “Careful preparations ensure success.”
Insure to provide compensation if a person dies or property is damaged

Ex. “The baggage is insured.”

8. Affect Vs. Effect

Affect is most often used as a verb meaning “to influence”:

Ex. “Imagination affects every aspect of our lives.”
Effect to cause

Ex. “This medicine has no harmful side effects.”

9. All ways Vs. Always

All ways  by every means or method

Ex. “Dirk tried all ways to navigate the storm.”

Ex. “Sue St. Marie always responded calmly during emergency situations.”

10. Blonde Vs. Blond

Blondedescribes women:

Ex. “Brunettes have just as much fun as blondes (blonde women).”
Blonddescribes men:

Ex. “Sean was not a natural blond.”

11. Complement Vs. Compliment

Complementto supplement or make complete

Ex. “Their two personalities complement each other.”
Complimentto praise or congratulate

Ex. “She received a compliment on her sense of fashion.”

12. Fair Vs. Fare

Fairis an exhibition of farm produce usually with a collection of rides and attractions.

Ex. “Every year our family goes to the state fair.”
Fare is the fee you pay to ride public transportation.

Ex. “The fare to ride the bus is affordable in our town.”

13. Farther Vs. Further

Farther has to do with distance.

Ex. “How much farther is it to Delhi?”
Furtheradditional or more.

Ex. “Please give me further information about the best route to Delhi.”

14. Breath Vs. Breathe

Breathair taken into the lungs and then let out

Ex. “Take a deep breath.”
Breathe to inhale and exhale.

Ex. “Just calm down and breathe.”

15. Complement Vs. Compliment

Complementthat which completes or brings to perfection.

Ex. “Red wine is a nice complement to a steak dinner.”
Complimentsomething said in admiration, praise, or flattery.

Ex. “She gave me a nice compliment when she said I looked thin.”

16. Lose Vs. Loose

Lose to become unable to find; to mislay; to fail to win or gain.

Ex. “Did you lose your glasses again?”
Loosenot tight; giving enough room.

Ex. “I’ve lost twenty pounds, and now these jeans are really loose.”

17. Than Vs. Then

Than used to introduce the second element in a comparison.

Ex. “My right foot is bigger than my left foot.”
Then at that time, next in order.

Ex. “Take off all your clothes first. Then get in the shower.”

18. To Vs. Too 

Toin the direction of and reaching, as far as.

Ex. “I’m going to Baltimore.”
Tooin addition, more than enough.

Ex. “I’m going to Baltimore, too.”

19. There Vs. Their

Therethis refers to a place that is not here.

Ex. “There there, it will be alright.”

Theirsomething belonging to them.

Ex. “we could use their boat”.

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