commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (kukubali) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (ziada) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (kukiri) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (kulevya) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (popo) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (piga) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Calender (kalenda) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (kuangalia) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (wanaelezea) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (safi) - The room is clean.

Clear (wazi) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (kukosa fahamu) - My wife in a coma.

Comma (comma) - 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 (dear) - My father is dear to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die (kufa) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (kugundua) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (ukame) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (illegible) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (haki) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (ua) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (unga) - Bread is made with flour.

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

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

Fast (haraka) - The horse runs fast.

First (kwanza) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (nyama) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (kusikiliza) - Listen to what i say.

Human (binadamu) - To err is human.

Humane (awali) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (ngumu) - He works hard.

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

Hail (mvua ya mawe) - The captain was hailed by all.

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

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

Honourable (heshima) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (kihistoria) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (viwanda) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

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

Live (kuishi) - We live in the village.

Lovable (lovable) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (lovely) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (nyama) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (kuu) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (mane) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (rasmi) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (kalamu) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

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

Peace (amani) - We want peace.

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

Paper (karatasi) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (wakazi) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

Personal (binafsi) - 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 (huruma) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (kuomba) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (utulivu) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (kabisa) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (kukataa) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (roll) - What is your roll number?



Seat (kiti) - Please have your seat.

Sit (kukaa) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (tamu) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (kuuza) - He is selling his products.

Soul (roho) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (mara nyingine) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (stationary) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (kijamii) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (sociable) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (kuwaambia) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (ladha) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (dhaifu) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (kuvaa) - He always wear hat.

Wire (Waya) - This is an electric wire.

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