Common Words that Sound
Errors in writing that involve sound-alike words (homophones)
are known as "wrong word" errors. Such errors are more
significant than simple spelling mistakes, because they involve
word-level confusion, not merely incorrect spelling.
handout contains a list of the most common.
Notorious Confusables Part I
Professor Darling has complied 257 examples of words that are
misused or misspelled. He puts the words in a sentence. Passing
your mouse over a highlighted word causes its definition to
appear in the status-line at the bottom your browser window.
Part I covers abhorrent/aberrant to indeterminate/indeterminable.
Notorious Confusables Part II
Part II covers the words from indite/indict to your/you're.
Notorious Confusables: An Alphabetized List
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Notorious Confusables Exercises
Notorious Confusables Exercise 1
Notorious Confusables Exercise 2
Notorious Confusables Exercise 3
Notorious Confusables Exercise 4
Notorious Confusables Exercise 5
Its/It's and Their/There/They're
To Lie/To Lay and To Sit/To Set
Usage & Grammar