Commonly confused words in English

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Even when your spellchecker doesn’t sound the alarm and redline your document, you can’t know for sure that you haven’t misspelled a word.

You may accidentally have chosen the wrong word class, e.g. used a noun when you should have used a verb: extent vs extend. The problem could also be the spelling, e.g. there vs their vs they’re. You may also find yourself confusing words that sound and look almost the same, but have two different meanings, e.g. border vs. boarder.

Therefore, always keep a weather eye open and check if what you’re writing is, in fact, what you mean – and don’t rely on the spellchecker to tell you when things are amiss.

Curious to learn more? Find a top 30 of commonly confused words in English here

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