commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (tanggapin) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (labis) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

Affect (makakaapekto sa) - Excess labor must affect your body.

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

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

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

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

Confess (aminin) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (gumon) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (bat) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (matalo) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

Beside (sa tabi) - His house is beside the field.

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


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

Calender (kalandro) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (siyasatin) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (sipiin) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (malinis) - The room is clean.

Clear (malinaw) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (pagkawala ng malay) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Dairy (pagawaan ng gatas) - Have you ever visited the Sirajgonj dairy farm.

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

Die (mamatay) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (matuklasan) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (kawalan ng ulan) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (hindi mabasa) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

Hope (pag-asa) - I hope you are well today.


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

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

Fair (makatarungan) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (bulaklak) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (harina) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (mas malayo) - They will go farther than expected.

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

Fast (mabilis) - The horse runs fast.

First (una) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (laman) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (makinig) - Listen to what i say.

Human (pantao) - To err is human.

Humane (makatao) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (mahirap) - He works hard.

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

Hail (ulang may yelo) - The captain was hailed by all.

Hale (malakas ang katawan) - I am quite hale and hearty.

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

Honourable (kagalang-galang) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (makasaysayan) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (pang-industriya) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

Leave (mag-iwan) - Nasir is leaving the hotel today.

Live (mabuhay) - We live in the village.

Lovable (kagiliw-giliw) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (kaibig-ibig) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (karne) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (pangunahin) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (kiling) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (opisyal) - It is an official matter.

Officious (mapakialam) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (panulat) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

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

Peace (kapayapaan) - We want peace.

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

Paper (papel) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (matao) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

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

Physique (katawan) - He has a good physique.

Pity (awa) - Have pity for the poor.

Piety (paggalang sa mga magulang) - He is respected for his piety.

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (magdasal) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (tahimik) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (lubos) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (tanggihan) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (gumulong) - What is your roll number?



Seat (upuan) - Please have your seat.

Sit (umupo) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (matamis) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (ibenta) - He is selling his products.

Soul (kaluluwa) - The soul never dies.

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

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

Stuff (mga bagay) - It is made of soft stuff.

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (kung minsan) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (walang galaw) - The sun is stationary.

Stationery (mga kagamitan sa pagsulat) - I am going to a stationery shop to buy a pencil.

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

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

Social (sosyal) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (palakaibigan) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (sabihin) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (lasa) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (maganda ang asal) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (mahina) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (magsuot) - He always wear hat.

Wire (kawad) - This is an electric wire.

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