Accept or Except?
Accept: to receive
Ex. I will accept this gift.
Except: to leave out
Ex. Bring everything except for that.
Ad or Add?
Ad: an advertisement
Add: to include
Affect or Effect?
Affect: to influence
Ex: The wind affected my hair.
Effect: a result
Ex: The wind had no effect on my hair.
Alter or Altar?
Alter: to make different
Altar: a raised place or structure where religious rites are preformed.
Altogether or All Together?
Altogether: entirely, completely
Ex. Altogether, today was a success.
All Together: all at the same time
Ex. We were all together.
Bear or Bare?
Bear: an animal
Bare: unadorned; opened to view
Besides or Beside?
Besides: furthermore; in addition; otherwise
Beside: by or at the side of
Breath or Breathe?
Breath: the air inhaled and exhaled in respiration
Breathe: to inhale and exhale
By, Buy, or Bye?
By: near or next to
Buy: to purchase
Capital or Capitol?
Capital: the city or town that is the official seat of government in a country, state, etc
Capitol: main building of the US Congress
Cite, Sight, or Site?
Cite: to quote; to mention in support or proof
Site: position or location
Complement or Compliment?
Complement: something that makes whole or perfect
Compliment: an expression of praise
Conscience or Conscious?
Conscience: the inner sense of what’s right and wrong.
Course or Coarse?
Course: path or route
Coarse: harsh; relatively large parts or particles
Farther or Further?
Farther: a relation to physical distance
Ex. She was unable to run farther.
Further: metaphorical distance or depth
Ex. I will explain further.
Its or It’s?
Its: the possessive form of “it”
Ex. Look at its color.
It’s: contraction of “it is” or “it has”
Ex. It’s going to be a long day.
Lie, Lay, or Laid?
Lie: to rest in a horizontal or flat position
Ex. Lie down on the bed.
Lay: to rest in a horizontal or flat position (used with an object); past tense of “lie”
Ex. Lay the remote down.
Ex. Yesterday, I lay down on the couch..
Laid: past tense of “lay”
Ex. Last week, I laid my keys down.
Loose or Lose?
Loose: not secure
Lose: to come to be without
Passed or Past?
Passed: having completed the act of passing
Past: time previous to the present
Precede or Proceed?
Precede: to go before
Proceed: continue on
Principal or Principle?
Principal: a chief or head; head or director of a school
Principle: an accepted rule of action or conduct
Scene or Seen?
Scene: any view or picture; a place where something occurred
Seen: past participle of “see”
Stationary or Stationery?
Stationery: writing paper
Tail or Tale?
Tail: the hindmost part of an animal
Than or Then?
Than: (used to compare)
Ex. I am taller than him.
Then: at that time; next in order of place
Ex.We will go to the store, then to the gas station.
There, Their, or They’re?
There: in or at that place
Ex. Let’s go there.
Their: possessive form of “they”
Ex. This is their house.
They’re: contraction of “they are”
Ex. They’re coming over soon.
To, Too, or Two?
To: (used to express direction or motion)
Too: as well as; also
Two: the second number after zero
Waist or Waste?
Waist: narrowest part of the torso
Waste: fail or neglect to use; to consume or spend uselessly
Wait or Weight?
Wait: to postpone or delay
Weight: the amount of heaviness
Warn or Worn?
Warn: to give notice
Worn: well used; tired
Who or Whom?
Who: of what person or persons
Ex. Who made that noise?
Whom: objective case of “who”
Ex. To whom should I give this to?
Where or Wear?
Where: in or at what place
Wear: to adorn
Week or Weak?
Week: 7 days
Weak: not strong
Whether or Weather?
Whether: (used to introduce the first of two or more alternatives)
Weather: the state of the atmosphere with regards to temperature, wind, cloudiness, pressure, etc.
Which or Witch?
Which: what one?
Witch: ugly or mean old woman.
Who’s or Whose?
Who’s: contraction of “who is” and “who has”
Whose: the possessive case of “who”
Your or You’re?
Your: the possessive case of “you”
Ex. This is your coat.
You’re: Contraction of “you are”
Ex. You’re going to my party.