Vocabulary

Commonly Confused English Words for ESL Learners

In English, there are a number of confusing words. They might have either the same pronunciation, the same spelling or both (same pronunciation and same spelling) yet they mean different. Therefore, it is puzzling to understand what does a certain word mean. To help you, the following article contains the alphabetical list of Commonly Confused English Words for ESL Learners.

Commonly Confused English Words for ESL Learners
Commonly Confused English Words for ESL Learners

Commonly Confused English Words for ESL Learners

accept
except 
to agree
not including
a lot
allot
much
to distribute
a while
awhile
a period of time
for a short time
adapt
adept
to adjust
skilled
advise
advice
to recommend/suggest
suggestion
affect
effect 
to make a difference
a change that is the result of an action or consequence
aid
aide
charity
assistant
ail
ale
trouble in mind or body
beer
airs
heirs
to express publically
descendant
aisle
isle
unhurt/ safe
satisfactory/ acceptable
alright
all right
unhurt
satisfactory
all ways
always
the total number of methods
at all times
allude
elude 
to refer indirectly
to avoid
allusion
illusion
to hint to
misapprehension
aloud
allowed
loudly
permitted
all ready
already
completely prepared
by now or then
altar

alter

the table in a Christian church at which the bread and wine are consecrated in communion services
to change
amoral
immoral
not concerned with neither right nor wrong
morally wrong
appraise
apprise
to assess
to inform
assent
ascent
agreement
a climb
aural
oral
relating to the ear or the sense of hearing
spoken
bare
bear
naked
to carry
berth
birth
mooring or dock
the emergence of a baby from a womb
born
borne
to get birth
carried
bough
bow
the main branch of a tree
to bend the head
brake
break
to stop a vehicle
to fracture or crack
breach
breech 
to break through or division
the back part of a gun barrel
canvas
canvass
a type of string cloth
to seek votes
cereal
serial
a type of grain
happening in series
coarse
course
rough
a school subject or a direction
complacent
complaisant
smug and self-satisfied
willing to please
complement
compliment
to add to as approval
add an admiring mark
council
counsel
someone who advises people
an advice or to advise
cue
queue 
hint
a line of people or vehicles
currant
current 
a dried grape
the flow of air, water or electricity or happening now
defuse
diffuse
to make a situation less tense
to spread over a wide area
desert
dessert
to abandon or a dry, barren area of land
the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal
discreet
discrete
careful not to attract attention
separate or distinct
elicit
illicit
to draw out a reply or reaction
not allowed by laws or rules
ensure
insure
to make sure or certain
to warrant
envelop
envelope
to cover
a paper container for letters
exercise
exorcise
physical activity
to drive out an evil spirit
fawn
faun
a young deer
a mythical being
flounder
founder 
to move clumsily
to fail
foreword
forward
an introduction to a book
ahead
lose
loose
to become unable to find, to mislay
not tight
principal
principle
 a governing or presiding officer, specifically of a school
a fundamental truth, law, or motivating force
site
sight
a piece of land considered for specific purpose
view or field of vision
stationary
stationery
fixed or still
writing material
than
then
Used to introduce the second element in a comparison
at that time
there
their
that place or point
belonging to
to
too
In the direction of, as far as
in addition
your
you’re
Belonging to you
you are
who
whom
what or which person or persons (subjective)
what or which person or persons (objective)

Conclusion

So, the above list contains Commonly Confused English Words for ESL Learners. In case you have any questions or doubts about the above list or any other words, let us know. 

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