Common Misused English Words

Misused English Words

Some words in English are confusing. Wait, let me correct that: many words in English are confusing. English speakers get confused too.

Take a look at the next paragraph. Some words give you an option: one is correct in this context and one is not. These are 10 of the most misused words in English. See if you can choose the correct one. Then see if you can think of another sentence for the word that doesn’t fit.

In many cases of confusing words, the words sound similar but are spelt differently.

Last week I lost my car keys. I always loose/lose things. In the past/passed I have lost keys, phones, jewellery and even my dog. I found my dog eventually, although by then he was to/too tired to walk and I had to carry him home. When your/you’re like me and you keep losing things, it’s/its often the reason that you are late for something. I don’t know the cause of this clumsiness. I like to think that my brain is very full and that other people have fewer/less thoughts in their/there head than I do. If I didn’t have so much to think about, I wouldn’t be so careless with my possessions. I hear/here that this is a problem for many people, not just me. So the next time you make an arrangement with someone who’s/whose often late, don’t try to give them advise/advice, just understand that maybe they are very intelligent.


lose (loose = not tight)
past (passed = past tense of to pass/go by/not fail a test or exam)
too (to = part of the infinitive verb/preposition)
you’re (your = it belongs to you)
it’s (its = it belongs to something gender neutral)
fewer (less = used for uncountable nouns, for e.g. milk, love, furniture i.e. less milk but fewer milk bottles)
their (there = in that position/place)
hear (here= in this position/place)
who’s (whose = possessive question)
advice (advise = verb of the noun advice)

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