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SIMILAR CONFUSING WORDS

Bring or Take
1. __________ this book to the library, please.
2. Could you please __________me some water?
3. He often __________ his sister to her aunt.

4. When you come to my party, don't forget to ____________ something to drink.


5. Is Peter ___________ Steve to my party?
There, their or they're
1. Where are your parents? _____________ out.
2. The children did _____________ homework yesterday afternoon.
3. _____________ is a cat in the garden?
4. The boys are playing football with _____________ ball.
5. Where are the CDs? _____________ in the box.
your or you're
1) This is __________ book.
2) He's from Chester and ________ from Bristol.
3) Are these _________ pencils?
4) Did you see __________ sister yesterday evening?
5) __________ a student.
Effect or Affect
1. The volcanic eruption (

2. Your answer will not (

affected

affect

3. Your answer will have no (

4. What he said to her (

affect

affected

effected) the entire country.

effect) your grade on the test.

effect) on your grade on the test.

effected) her deeply.

5. The patient asked how the medication would (

affect

effect) her energy level.

Boring or Bored
1. Jonathan was incredibly bored at Marys wedding and left at 4 pm.
2. Jonathan was incredibly boring at Marys wedding and left at 4 pm.
3. I have heard that the island is beautiful but that there isnt much to do and it can
get boring easily, especially in winter.
4. I have heard that the island is beautiful but that there isnt much to do and it can
get bored easily, especially in winter.
5. He played video games every day and I was so boring I moved out.
6. He played video games every day and I was so bored I moved out.
7. Green is a very boring color on you.
8. Green is a very bored color on you.
Avoid or prevent
1. I want to _________ being drawn into the argument.

2. We tried to __________ her, but she was determined to go.


3. We went early to __________ the crowds.
4. ____________ that area after dark.

5. Regular cleaning may help __________ infection.

6. The owner is __________ by law from making any major changes.


Principle or Principal
1. He has high moral __________.

2. I refuse to lie about it; it's against my ___________.


3. Peter Brown, _________ of St John's College
4. The performance of the two ____________ is disappointing.
Hoard/ Horde
1. They dug up a ________ of Roman coins.
2. There are always ________ of tourists here in the summer.
3. Football fans turned up in ___________.
Stay or Live
1. We found out we were _________ in the same hotel.
2. She needs to find somewhere to ___________.
3.

My sister's coming to __________ next week.

4. He's ____________ with friends this weekend.


5. We used to ___________in London.
Uninterested or Disinterested
1. A lively, ___________, persistent looking for truth is extraordinarily rare. (Henri
Amiel)

2.

There are no ___________ things; there are only __________ people.

Bring or Take
6. Take this book to the library, please.

7. Could you please bring me some water?


8. He often take his sister to her aunt.

9. When you come to my party, don't forget to bring something to drink.


10. Is Peter bringing Steve to my party?
There, their or they're
6. Where are your parents? _____________ out.
7. The children did _____________ homework yesterday afternoon.
8. _____________ is a cat in the garden?

9. The boys are playing football with _____________ ball.


10. Where are the CDs? _____________ in the box.
your or you're
1) This is __________ book.
2) He's from Chester and ________ from Bristol.
3) Are these _________ pencils?
4) Did you see __________ sister yesterday evening?
5) __________ a student.
Effect or Affect
1. The volcanic eruption (

2. Your answer will not (

affected

affect

3. Your answer will have no (

4. What he said to her (

affect

affected

effected) the entire country.

effect) your grade on the test.

effect) on your grade on the test.

effected) her deeply.

5. The patient asked how the medication would (

affect

effect) her energy level.

Boring or Bored
9. Jonathan was incredibly bored at Marys wedding and left at 4 pm.
10. Jonathan was incredibly boring at Marys wedding and left at 4 pm.
11. I have heard that the island is beautiful but that there isnt much to do and it can

get boring easily, especially in winter.


12. I have heard that the island is beautiful but that there isnt much to do and it can
get bored easily, especially in winter.
13. He played video games every day and I was so boring I moved out.
14. He played video games every day and I was so bored I moved out.
15. Green is a very boring color on you.
16. Green is a very bored color on you.
Avoid or prevent
7. I want to avoid being drawn into the argument.

8. We tried to prevent her, but she was determined to go.


9. We went early to avoid the crowds.
10. Avoid that area after dark.

11. Regular cleaning may help prevent infection.

12. The owner is prevented by law from making any major changes.
Principle or Principal
5. He has high moral principles.
6. I refuse to lie about it; it's against my principles.
7. Peter Brown, principal of St John's College
8. The performance of the two principals is disappointing.
Hoard/ Horde
4. They dug up a hoard of Roman coins.
5. There are always hordes of tourists here in the summer.

6. Football fans turned up in hordes.


Stay or Live
6. We found out we were staying in the same hotel.
7. She needs to find somewhere to live.
8.

My sister's coming to stay next week.

9. He's _staying with friends this weekend.


10. We used to live in London.
Uninterested or Disinterested
3. A lively, dis, persistent looking for truth is extraordinarily rare. (Henri Amiel)
4.

There are no un things; there are only un people.