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Confusing Words That You'll Never Confuse Again

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

Confusing Words That You’ll Never Confuse Again

1. Pretend or Prevent:

Pretend: (Verb) To behave as if something is true when you know that it is not, especially in order to deceive people or as a game.

Ex. He isn’t really sick – He’s only pretending.

Prevent: (Verb) To stop something from happening or someone from doing something.

Ex. The vaccine will prevent the spread of the virus.

2. Loose or Lose:

Loose: (Adj.) Not firmly held or fastened in place.

Ex. This nail is loose. Let me tighten it.

Lose: (Verb) To no longer have something because you don't know where it is.

Ex. I always lose my car keys.


3. Probably or Properly:

Probably: (Adv.): Almost certainly.

Ex. I’ll probably come weather permitting.

Properly: (Adv.) Correctly, or exactly.

Ex. My phone isn’t working properly.

4. Then or Than

Then: (Adv.) Next or after that.

Ex. Heat the pan, then add the meat.

Than: (Prep. / Conj.) Used to join two parts of a comparison.

Ex. Jack is taller than Jane.

5. Were or Wear

Were: (Verb.) The past form of “be”.

Ex. They were here last night.

Wear: (Verb) To have clothing, jewelry, etc. on your body.

Ex. I wear my glasses all the time.


6. Your or You’re:

Your: (A determiner) Belonging to the person you are talking to.

Ex. Is this your book?

You’re: The short form of "you are".

Ex. You're welcome.

7. Breath or Breathe:

Breath: (Noun) The air that goes into and out of your lungs.

Ex. The doctor asked me to take a deep breath.

Breathe: (Verb) To move air into and out of the lungs.

Ex. Let's go out for some fresh air. I can't breathe.

8. Affect or Effect:

Affect: (Verb) To cause a change in someone or something.

Ex. The spread of the virus affected our business negatively.

Effect: (Noun) The result of a particular influence.

Ex. Does the medicine have any side effects?


9. Accept or Except:

Accept: (Verb) To agree to take something.

Ex. Did you accept the job offer?

Except: (Pre. / Conj.) Not including; but not.

Ex. It's cool and quiet everywhere except in the kitchen.

10. It’s or Its:

It’s: Short form of "It is"

Ex. It’s raining now.

It’s: Short form of "It has"

Ex. It’s been a wonderful day

Its: The Possessive form of "It"

Ex. The cat drank its milk.



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