commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (ʻae) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (oi aku) - Excess of everything is bad.

Adapt (ke hakuloli i) -He adapted himself to the new school.

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

Adopt (apono i) - Don't adopt unfair means in the examination.

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

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

Affect (lakou aloha ia) - Excess labor must affect your body.

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

Ascent (e pii ai) - The ascent to the mountain is not a easy task.

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

Admit (ae aku) - Mukul admits that he was wrong.

Confess (hooiaio) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (addicted) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

Assay (mea o loko) - Plabon always assays to help others.

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

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

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


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

Beg (noi aku nei) - The older man is begging from door to door.

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

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

Bat ('ōpeʻapeʻa) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (kuikui aku la) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

Beside (he okoa) - His house is beside the field.

Besides (he okoa na) - Besides this , He has plenty of wealth.


Calendar (mau lā 'alemanaka) - I gave him a calendar of 2014.

Calender (calender) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (ka huli) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (kuhikuhi aku i) - Cite an example.

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

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

Coarse (lohi loa) - She can not eat coarse rice.

Course (holo ana) - The ship has changed his course.

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

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

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

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

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

Counsel (manao ke hai aku) - My teacher gave a good counsel.

Clean (maemae) - The room is clean.

Clear (moakaka) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (coma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sink (poho iho) - The boat sank in the river.

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

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

Dairy (haleʻuwī waiū) - Have you ever visited the Sirajgonj dairy farm.

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

Die (make) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (hoike) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

Refuse (e hoole aku) - The servant refused to obey his orders.

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

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

Drought (panoa) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (illegible) - Your handwriting is illegible.

Eminent (hale hoʻokamakama) - Dr. Haque is an eminent scholar.

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

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

Hope (manaolana) - I hope you are well today.


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

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

Fair (nani kou) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (ka pua) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (palaoa) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (aku ka) - They will go farther than expected.

Further (no hoi ia) - Further explanation is necessary to solve this problem.

Fast (hookeai) - The horse runs fast.

First (ka mua) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (ka io) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


Hear (e lohe nei) - I can not hear your voice.

Listen (e hoolohe mai) - Listen to what i say.

Human (kanaka) - To err is human.

Humane (humane) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (paakiki) - He works hard.

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

Hail (ka huahekili) - The captain was hailed by all.

Hale (Hale) - I am quite hale and hearty.

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

Honourable (ka maikai o Iabeza) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (Ewa,) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (hanalima) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

Latest (mea hou loa) - This is the latest design of the car.

Leave (haʻalele) - Nasir is leaving the hotel today.

Live (ola) - We live in the village.

Lovable (lovable) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (mau) - Her appearance is very lovely.

Lose (lilo aku) - They may lose the match today.

Loose (e wehe ai i) - Oveget has put on a loose shirt.


Meat (ai) - We get meat from cow.

Meet (e hui ana) - I intend to meet him tomorrow.

Main (ka papa kuhikuhiE) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (Mane) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (kūhelu) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (ka peni) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

Pet (Ka Hānai Ā Huhu) - The cat is a pet animal.

Peace (ka maluhia) - We want peace.

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

Paper (pepa) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (populous) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

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

Physique (i lawa ke) - He has a good physique.

Pity (aloha) - Have pity for the poor.

Piety (piety) - He is respected for his piety.

Practice (ka hana pono) - You need constant practice to write a better hand.

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (e pule) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (mālie) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (muli o kona kulana) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (e hoole aku) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll ('ōwili) - What is your roll number?



Seat (noho) - Please have your seat.

Sit (noho) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (ono) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (kuai) - He is selling his products.

Soul (uhane) - The soul never dies.

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

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

Stuff (he ukana) - It is made of soft stuff.

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

Sometime (kekahi manawa, e) - Sometime, he was a teacher of this school.

Sometimes (kekahi manawa) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (wahi) - The sun is stationary.

Stationery (kālana) - I am going to a stationery shop to buy a pencil.

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

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

Social (pōʻai) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (sociable) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (hai aku) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (hoao aku la,) - Honey tastes sweet.



Urban (hoʻokiwikā) - I do not prefer urban life.

Urbane (aku ia Urebano i) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


Wander (hele hewa) - He wandered here and there for the whole day.

Wonder (kahaha no) - Computer is one of the wonders of modern science.

Weak (nawaliwali) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (komo) - He always wear hat.

Wire (uea) - This is an electric wire.

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