commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (aanvaarden) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

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

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

Excess (overmaat) - Excess of everything is bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Confess (bekennen) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (verslaafd) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Bat (knuppel) - Bats do not lay eggs.

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

Beat (overtreffen) - They will beat the thief.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Calender (kalender) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (controleren) - Check your temper.

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

Cite (citeren) - Cite an example.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean (schoon) - The room is clean.

Clear (duidelijk) - The water is clear.

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

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

Coma (coma) - My wife in a coma.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Die (dood gaan) - He died of fever.

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

Discover (ontdekken) - Columbus discovered America fever.

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

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

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

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

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

Drought (droogte) - Drought destroyed the crops.


Eligible (in aanmerking komende) - He is not eligible for the post.

Illegible (onleesbaar) - Your handwriting is illegible.

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fair (eerlijk) - She is a fair girl.

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

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

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

Flower (bloem) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (meel) - Bread is made with flour.

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

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

Fast (snel) - The horse runs fast.

First (eerste) - Faridul is the first boy.

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

Flesh (vlees) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


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

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


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

Listen (luister) - Listen to what i say.

Human (menselijk) - To err is human.

Humane (humaan) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (hard) - He works hard.

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

Hail (wees gegroet) - The captain was hailed by all.

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

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

Honourable (eervol) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (historisch) - This is a historic Place.

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


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

Industrial (industrieel) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


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

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


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

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

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

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

Leave (het verlof) - Nasir is leaving the hotel today.

Live (leven) - We live in the village.

Lovable (lief) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (heerlijk) - Her appearance is very lovely.

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

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


Meat (vlees) - We get meat from cow.

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

Main (hoofd) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (manen) - The lioness has no mane.

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

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



Official (officieel) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officieus) - He is officious by nature.

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

Ordnance (geschut) - 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 (tikje) - The teacher is patting the child on the shoulder.

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

Peace (vrede) - We want peace.

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

Paper (papier) - We write on paper.

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

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

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

Populous (volkrijk) - Dhaka is a populous city.

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

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

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

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

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

Personal (persoonlijk) - Don't read my personal diary.

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

Physic (geneeskunde) - Nature is a better physic than any other medicine.

Physique (lichaamsbouw) - He has a good physique.

Pity (jammer) - Have pity for the poor.

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

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

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (bidden) - We should pray to allah.

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


Quiet (rustig) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (heel) - I am quite happy today.


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

Refuse (weigeren) - He refused to hear me.

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

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

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

Roll (rollen) - What is your roll number?



Seat (stoel) - Please have your seat.

Sit (zitten) - Please sit down.

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

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

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

Sweet (zoet) - These mangoes are very sweet.

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

Sell (verkopen) - He is selling his products.

Soul (ziel) - The soul never dies.

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

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

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

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

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

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

Sometimes (soms) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (stationair) - The sun is stationary.

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

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

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

Social (sociaal) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (sociaal) - He ia a sociable man.


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

Tell (vertellen) - Please tell us a story.

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

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

Taste (smaak) - Honey tastes sweet.



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

Urbane (hoffelijk) - His urbane manners pleased us.


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

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


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

Wonder (vraag me af) - Computer is one of the wonders of modern science.

Weak (zwak) - He is very weak.

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

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

Wear (slijtage) - He always wear hat.

Wire (draad) - This is an electric wire.

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