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Unformatted text preview: e right word? I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it. —CARL SANDBURG (1878–1967) This lesson focuses on some common yet confusing words you’re likely to use as you write and speak. DO YOU KNOW the difference between accept and except? How about duel and dual? Or the real show-stoppers, affect and effect? These are examples of some of the most commonly misused words. Sometimes people get confused because words such as these look similar, sound similar, and are often spelled similarly. Other times, the mistakes occur because the meanings of the words are just plain confusing. Whatever the cause of the confusion, you need to be able to use these words correctly if you want a strong vocabulary. Here are some categories of confusing words you need to use carefully in order to use them correctly: • Homophone. A word that’s pronounced the same as another word but is different in spelling and meaning. Example: carrot and karat (the unit of measure for precious gems). • Homonym. A word that is either spelled or sounds the same as another word, but has a different meaning. Example: meet and meat. 72 tools for building word power • Commonly Confused Words. There are many words that are frequently confused and used incorrectly. The confusion arises because the words use the same root, or sound similar, or have similar meanings. S O M E C O M M O N C O N F U S I N G WO R D PA I R S The following list shows some of t...
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