commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (manako) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (te taikaha) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (whakaae) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (warawara) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

Assay (anga matou) - Plabon always assays to help others.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (pekapeka) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (whiua) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

Beside (te taha) - His house is beside the field.

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


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

Calender (Maramataka) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (tirohia) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (faahiti) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (ma) - The room is clean.

Clear (mārama) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (coma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die (mate) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (ite i) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (tauraki) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (te mārama) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (ataahua) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (puawai) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (paraoa) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (tata atu) - They will go farther than expected.

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

Fast (nohopuku) - The horse runs fast.

First (tuatahi) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (kikokiko) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (whakarongo) - Listen to what i say.

Human (tangata) - To err is human.

Humane (ngākau atawhai) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (pakeke) - He works hard.

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

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

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

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

Honourable (e whakahonoretia ana) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (hītori) - This is a historic Place.

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


Industrious (uaua ki) - Industrious people never fail in life.

Industrial (ahumahi) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

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

Live (ora) - We live in the village.

Lovable (popouhia) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (ataahua) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (kai) - We get meat from cow.

Meet (Ka tutataki) - I intend to meet him tomorrow.

Main (matua) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (mane) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (mōhiohio) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (pene) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

Pet (haumiri) - The cat is a pet animal.

Peace (te rongo) - We want peace.

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

Paper (pepa) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (tini) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

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

Physique (Force) - He has a good physique.

Pity (e tohu) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (inoi) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (ata) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (tino) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (kore) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (pukapuka) - What is your roll number?



Seat (nohoanga) - Please have your seat.

Sit (noho) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (reka) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (hoko) - He is selling his products.

Soul (wairua) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (ētahi wā) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (pahoho) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (pāpori) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (whakahoahoa) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (korero) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (reka) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (atu ki a Urupane) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (ngoikore) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (kakahu) - He always wear hat.

Wire (waea) - This is an electric wire.

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