Commonly Confused Words
Accept is a verb meaning to receive. Except is usually a preposition that denotes exclusion.
Affect is a verb that means to influence, and effect is either a noun meaning result or it is a verb meaning to bring about.
Conscience is a noun meaning moral principles. Conscious is an adjective meaning aware.
Definitely denotes certainty. Defiantly is an adjective describing defiant action or behavior.
Farther usually describes distance, and further suggests a quantity or degree.
Fewer refers to items that can be counted. Less refers to items that cannot be counted.
Its refers to the possessive form of the word “it.. It’s is the contraction of “it is.”
Lie is an intransitive verb meaning to recline or rest on a surface. Its forms are: lie\lay\lain. Lay is a transitive verb meaning to put or place.
Loose is an adjective meaning not secure. Lose is a verb meaning the opposite of win. Lose also means to misplace.
Than is used to note comparisons. Then is to denote time or in if/then statements (If x, then y.)
There specifies a place or is a mild expletive. Their is a possessive pronoun. They’re is the contraction of ‘they are.”
To is a preposition. Too is an adverb, and two is a number.
Who is used for subjects and subject complements. Whom is used when dealing with objects. Who spilled the milk? For whom the bell tolls.
Who’s is a contraction of “who is.” Whose is a possessive pronoun.
Your is possessive. You’re is a contraction of “you are.”