Commonly Confused Words List

In English, there are hundreds of confusing words that writers accidentally misuse for one another. Using the wrong word can result in a small typo, or it can drastically alter the meaning of your sentence. Of course, neither option is desirable.

Everyone makes mistakes in writing, and we’re all trying to be the best writers we can be. In an effort to help students navigate some of English’s most confusing words, we have compiled this list. Each set of words will link to a full post detailing the different between two or more confusing English words.

As in every language, word choice is important when communicating.

As Mark Twain famously said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”

If you see any words that are not listed here, please email us, and we will do our best to assist you.

Full List of Confusing English Words

Apart and A Part

Aisle and Isle

Bear With Me and Bare With Me

Evoke and Invoke

Explicit and Implicit

Fare and Fair

Former and Latter

Has and Have

Road and Rode

Upmost and Utmost