commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (narima) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (kaleuwihan) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (ngaku) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (addicted) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (lalay) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (neunggeul) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

Beside (di sabeulah) - His house is beside the field.

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


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

Calender (calender) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (cek) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (ngasebatkeun) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (beresih) - The room is clean.

Clear (atra) - The water is clear.

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

Costume (pakean husus sasaurang biasana keur pintonan) - You should not wear fancy costume.

Coma (koma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diary (buku catetan tiap poe) - It is good to keep a diary.

Die (paeh) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (manggih) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (halodo) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (illegible) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (adil) - She is a fair girl.

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

Farm (lemah keur pertanian) - There is an agricultural farm at Gazipur.

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

Flower (kembang) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (tipung) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (leuwih tebih) - They will go farther than expected.

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

Fast (gancang) - The horse runs fast.

First (kahiji) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (daging) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (ngadangukeun) - Listen to what i say.

Human (manusa) - To err is human.

Humane (nu marahmay) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (teuas) - He works hard.

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

Hail (hujan es) - The captain was hailed by all.

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

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

Honourable (nu menak) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (aya sajarahna) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (industri) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

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

Live (hirup) - We live in the village.

Lovable (pang bogohna) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (denok) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (daging) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (utama) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (suri) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (resmi) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

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

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


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

Pen (penah) - Pen is mighter than sword.

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

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

Peace (katentreman) - We want peace.

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

Paper (keretas) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (pangpadetna) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

Personal (pribadi) - 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 (karunya) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (dua) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (tentrem) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (rada) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (nolak) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (ngagulung) - What is your roll number?



Seat (kalinggihan) - Please have your seat.

Sit (linggih) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (amis) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (ngajual) - He is selling his products.

Soul (jiwa) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (sakapeung) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (alat tulis) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (sosial) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (resep gaul) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (nyaritakeun) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (rasa) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (leuleus) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (make) - He always wear hat.

Wire (kabel) - This is an electric wire.

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