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
Accept – To agree to receive or do.
Ex. “They accept American Express cards.”
Except – Not 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
Principal – most 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.”
Advise – to recommend something
Ex. “She advised him not to go.”
6. Altar Vs. Alter
Altar – a sacred table in a church
Ex. “The groom left the bride standing at the altar.”
Alter – to change
Ex. “She altered her old clothes to make them look more fashionable.”
7. Ensure Vs. Insure
Ensure – to 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.”
Always – forever
Ex. “Sue St. Marie always responded calmly during emergency situations.”
10. Blonde Vs. Blond
Blonde – describes women:
Ex. “Brunettes have just as much fun as blondes (blonde women).”
Blond – describes men:
Ex. “Sean was not a natural blond.”
11. Complement Vs. Compliment
Complement – to supplement or make complete
Ex. “Their two personalities complement each other.”
Compliment – to praise or congratulate
Ex. “She received a compliment on her sense of fashion.”
12. Fair Vs. Fare
Fair – is 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?”
Further – additional or more.
Ex. “Please give me further information about the best route to Delhi.”
14. Breath Vs. Breathe
Breath – air 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
Complement – that which completes or brings to perfection.
Ex. “Red wine is a nice complement to a steak dinner.”
Compliment – something 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?”
Loose – not 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
To – in the direction of and reaching, as far as.
Ex. “I’m going to Baltimore.”
Too – in addition, more than enough.
Ex. “I’m going to Baltimore, too.”
19. There Vs. Their
There – this refers to a place that is not here.
Ex. “There there, it will be alright.”
Their – something belonging to them.
Ex. “we could use their boat”.