commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (nampa) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (keluwihan) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (ngakeni) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (ketagihan) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

Assay (pengujian kadar logam) - Plabon always assays to help others.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (bat) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (ngalahake) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Calender (tinggalané) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (mrikso) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (id) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (resik) - The room is clean.

Clear (langit) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (koma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die (mati) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (nemokake) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (ketiga) - Drought destroyed the crops.


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

Illegible (illegible) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (padha) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (kembang) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (glepung) - Bread is made with flour.

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

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

Fast (cepet) - The horse runs fast.

First (pisanan) - Faridul is the first boy.

Flash (lampu kilat) - 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 (goal) - What is the goal of your life?


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

Listen (listen) - Listen to what i say.

Human (manungsa) - To err is human.

Humane (Kemanusiaan) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (hard) - He works hard.

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

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

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

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

Honourable (mulya) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (sajarah) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (Industri) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

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

Live (manggon) - We live in the village.

Lovable (ditresnani) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (apik banget) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (daging) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (utama) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (mane) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (resmi) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

Ordinance (aturan) - 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 (pen) - 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 (tentrem) - We want peace.

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

Paper (kertas) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (pedunung) - 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 (bensin) - 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 (fisik) - He has a good physique.

Pity (tega) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (ndedonga) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (sepi) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (cukup) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (nolak) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (muter) - What is your roll number?



Seat (jog) - Please have your seat.

Sit (njagong) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (manis) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (ngedol) - He is selling his products.

Soul (nyawa) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (kadhangkala) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (nulis) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (sosial) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (outbound) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (nyritakake) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (rasa) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

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

Weak (banget) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (nyandhang) - He always wear hat.

Wire (kabel) - This is an electric wire.

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