commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (samþykkja) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (umfram) - Excess of everything is bad.

Adapt (laga) -He adapted himself to the new school.

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

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

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

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

Affect (áhrif) - Excess labor must affect your body.

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

Ascent (hækkun) - The ascent to the mountain is not a easy task.

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

Admit (viðurkenna) - Mukul admits that he was wrong.

Confess (játa) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (háður) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

Assay (Assay) - Plabon always assays to help others.

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

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

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


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

Beg (betla) - The older man is begging from door to door.

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

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

Bat (kylfu) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (slá) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

Beside (hliðina) - His house is beside the field.

Besides (auk) - Besides this , He has plenty of wealth.


Calendar (dagatal) - I gave him a calendar of 2014.

Calender (dagatal) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (athuga) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (vitnað) - Cite an example.

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

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

Coarse (grófur) - She can not eat coarse rice.

Course (Auðvitað) - The ship has changed his course.

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

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

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

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

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

Counsel (ráðgjöf) - My teacher gave a good counsel.

Clean (hreint) - The room is clean.

Clear (ljóst) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (dá) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sink (vaskur) - The boat sank in the river.

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

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

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

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

Die (deyja) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (uppgötva) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

Refuse (neita) - The servant refused to obey his orders.

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

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

Drought (þurrka) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (ólæsilegt) - Your handwriting is illegible.

Eminent (framúrskarandi) - Dr. Haque is an eminent scholar.

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (sanngjarn) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (blóm) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (hveiti) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (lengra) - They will go farther than expected.

Further (frekar) - Further explanation is necessary to solve this problem.

Fast (hratt) - The horse runs fast.

First (fyrsta) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (hold) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


Hear (heyra) - I can not hear your voice.

Listen (hlusta) - Listen to what i say.

Human (manna) - To err is human.

Humane (mannúðlegri) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (erfitt) - He works hard.

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

Hail (hagl) - The captain was hailed by all.

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

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

Honourable (sæmilega) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (Söguleg) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (iðnaðar) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

Latest (nýjasta) - This is the latest design of the car.

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

Live (lifa) - We live in the village.

Lovable (elskulegur) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (yndisleg) - Her appearance is very lovely.

Lose (tapa) - They may lose the match today.

Loose (laus) - Oveget has put on a loose shirt.


Meat (kjöt) - We get meat from cow.

Meet (mæta) - I intend to meet him tomorrow.

Main (aðal) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (makka) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (opinber) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (penni) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

Pet (gæludýr) - The cat is a pet animal.

Peace (friður) - We want peace.

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

Paper (pappír) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (fjölmennasta) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

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

Physique (physique) - He has a good physique.

Pity (samúð) - Have pity for the poor.

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

Practice (æfa) - You need constant practice to write a better hand.

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (biðja) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (rólegur) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (alveg) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (neita) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (rúlla) - What is your roll number?



Seat (sæti) - Please have your seat.

Sit (sitja) - Please sit down.

See (sjá) - I see a bird in the nest.

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

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

Sweet (sætur) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (selja) - He is selling his products.

Soul (sál) - The soul never dies.

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

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

Stuff (efni) - It is made of soft stuff.

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

Sometime (einhvern) - Sometime, he was a teacher of this school.

Sometimes (stundum) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (kyrrstöðu) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (félagslega) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (félagslyndur) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (segja) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (bragð) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

Wonder (velti) - Computer is one of the wonders of modern science.

Weak (veik) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (klæðast) - He always wear hat.

Wire (vír) - This is an electric wire.

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