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English Confusing Words For SSC CGL CHSL Exam Part A

English Confusing Words For SSC CGL CHSL Exam Part A

English Confusing Words For SSC CGL CHSL Exam Part A

In this post we shall discuss about “Confusing Words” and these are the most important for competitive exams.

Bascially we can say that Confusing words are those words which have same pronouciation but have different meanings and spellings. Such as Weak and Week.

We have started the series of confusing words. So Here is the list of some confusing words::

1 .  a lot/allot

A lot is two words meaning “much”: A lot of food was left after the party.

Allot means to give something to someone. e.g. The government allotted  him a house in Sector 13.

2  .  a while/awhile

A while is two words meaning “a short period of time”: I will meet you in a while.

Awhile means for a short time. Stand here for awhile.

3 . accede/ exceed     

Accede means “to agree or allow”: The principal finally acceded to accept the demands of its staff.

Exceed means “to go beyond, to surpass”: The amount of alcohol in his blood exceeded the level allowed.

4 . accept/except/expect  

Accept means “to take willingly”: He accepted the proposal.

Except is a preposition meaning “excluding”: Everyone was disappointed with the party except Rajiv.

Expect means to look forward to something. We expect the chief guest to be here any moment.

5 . adapt/adept/adopt

Adapt means “to adjust”: The hostellers quickly adapted themselves to the new atmosphere away from their                 homes.

Adept means “skilled”: The guide is adept at speaking many languages fluently.

Adopt means to “accept as your own”: The actress wanted to adopt a child after the earthquake.

English Confusing Words

6 . adverse/averse

Adverse means “unfavorable, hostile”: Those driving in adverse winter conditions may be putting themselves at risk.

Averse means “unwilling or repelled”: She was averse to the idea of getting married at 18.

7 . advice/advise 

Advice is a noun meaning “an opinion given with the intention of helping”: My mother still gives me advice even though I’m 30 years old.

Advise is a verb meaning “to give counsel or advice”: The meteorologist advised listeners to stay indoors because of the extremely cold temperatures.

8 . auger/augur 

An auger is a tool used for digging holes:

Augur means “to predict, forecast”: These signs augur bad news.

9 . aid/aide  

Aid is help or assistance given: Every Christmas the community gives aid to those less fortunate.

An aide is a person who helps: The nurse worked for five years as the doctor’s aide.

10 . airs/heirs 

Airs refers to snobbish and artificial behavior: She has developed airs from the time she has gone to Delhi.

Heirs are people who, because they are family, will inherit an estate or title.As she had no heirs she donated all her property.

11 . all right/alright

All right is a phrase meaning “everything is right”: My answers were all right?

Alright is a single word meaning “OK”: Is everything alright here?

12 . all together/altogether

All together is applied to people or things that are being treated as a whole: We always had fun when we were  all together.

Altogether is an adverb that means “completely or totally”: You are altogether wrong.

13 . all ways/always   

All ways means “by every means or method”: He tried all ways to trick the police but failed.

Always means “forever”: My father being a mature man always responds calmly during emergency situations.

English Confusing Words

14 . allude/elude    

Allude means “to suggest indirectly”: For the dedicated searchers, there are clues hidden in the forest which allude to the treasure’s location.

Elude means “to dodge or escape”: He tried to elude the police but finally he was caught.

15 . allusion/illusion

An allusion is a subtle reference or hint: The author’s new book contains an allusion to mythological gods.

An illusion is a deception, mirage, or a wild idea: If you think you can get a job by studying for two hours daily you are under an illusion.

16 . almost/most 

Almost means “nearly all”( करीब करीब) : Almost all my friends have graduated from college by now.

Most is superlative of more, meaning “the greatest or to the highest degree”: My son is the most brilliant boy I know.

17 . aloud/Allowed      

Aloud means “speaking so that someone else can hear you”: The teacher told him to read the paragraph aloud.

Allowed means “having permission”: His boss allowed him to take the weekend off.

18 . already/all ready 

Already is an adverb that indicates an action is completed by a certain time: The chief guest had already hoisted the flag when we reached.

All ready means “everything is completely prepared”: The children were all ready to go for the picnic.

19 .  alternate/alternative

Alternate means “something that occurs in turns.”: We were advised to attend the classes on alternate days.

Alternative means “as an option” विकल्प : He had no other alternative but to accept his crime before the judge..

20 . ambiguous/ambivalent  

Ambiguous describes a phrase or act with more than one meaning, or one that is unclear अस्पष्ट:

The ending of the short story is ambiguous.

Ambivalent means “uncertainty and having conflicting attitudes and feelings”: He was ambivalent as to which candidate to vote for.

English Confusing Words

21 . amiable/amicable

Amiable refers to a person who is friendly, good-natured, and pleasant: Sheela was very amiable and liked immediately.

Amicable means “friendly and peaceable”, and is used to describe agreements or relationships between groups or people: After years of disagreement, the two countries came to an amicable agreement.

22 . among/between

Among is used for three or more: Sheela had to choose among three universities she might attend.

Between is used for two things: I couldn’t decide between blue and green.

23 . amoral/immoral

Amoral means “having no principles at all, good or bad”: Pavan  is totally amoral; he is either helping others    or helping himself at their expense.

Immoral means “bad, lacking good principles”: Cheating in exams is considered immoral behavior during student life.

24 . amount/number

Amount is used with uncountable and abstract nouns: a large amount of money, amount of work, amount of happiness or amount of dirt.

Number is used with countable and concrete plural expressions: a number of people, a number of attempts, a number of novels, a number of trials.

25 . amused/bemused

Amused is when something is entertaining: The children were amused by watching the kittens play.

Bemused means “bewildered” or “lost in thought”: e.g.  The unexpected ending to the movie bemused Geeta.

26 . annual/annul  

Annual means “yearly”: We must pay an annual tax.

Annul means “to make void or invalid”: They want to annul the marriage.

27 . any one/anyone

Any one means “any one person”: Any one of you may go, but not all of you.

Anyone means “anybody, any person at all”: Anyone can win a lottery.

English Confusing Words

28 . anyway/anywhere/nowhere/anyways/anywheres/nowheres

Anyway, anywhere, and nowhere are the correct forms.

English Confusing Words
29 . apart/a part

Apart is an adverb meaning “in pieces”: My plan for my vacation fell apart due the sudden death of my boss .

A part is a noun meaning “one section of”: A part of my heart left when he died.

30 . appraise/apprise

Appraise is to assess or estimate the worth of: to appraise a diamond.

Apprise is to inform or notify: the officer apprised us of our rights.

31 . arcane/archaic

Arcane refers to things known and understood by few people: Annu teaches philosophic  theories of modern religion at the college.

Archaic refers to things very, very old and outdated: The Oxford English Dictionary contains many words that are archaic.

English Confusing Words

32 .  as/like

As may be used as a conjunction that introduce dependent clauses: George talks as his father does.Informally, it may also be used as a preposition in comparative constructions like: He is as forgetful as me (or as I am).

Like is a preposition is followed by a noun or pronoun: George looks like his mother. It may also be used as an adjective meaning “similar”: George and I have like minds.

33 .  ascent/assent   Ascent is an upward movement: Lina’s ascent to the presidency of the company came slowly.

Assent means “to agree to”: Geeta could not begin the project unless management assented.

34 . ascetic/aesthetic

An ascetic is a person who renounces all material comforts, often for religious devotion: the young man lead his ascetic lifestyle despite his parents’ plans for him. It can also be used as an adjective: The young man  led an   ascetic lifestyle which gave a lot of pain to his parents.

Aesthetic refers to the philosophy of beauty or the pleasing qualities of something: The statue created  by the novice was lacking in aesthetic qualities.

35 . ascribe/describe

Ascribe means “to attribute to”: She ascribed her feelings of jealousy to insecurity.

Describe means “to show what something is by drawing a picture with words”: Describe in detail what the man                 looked like.

36 . aspersion/dispersion

Aspersion is slander, a damaging remark: The campaign was filled with one aspersion after another.

Dispersion is the act of scattering: The dispersion of seeds was irregular because he sowed the seeds by hand.

English Confusing Words

English Confusing Words
37 . assistance/assistants

Assistance is help or aid: the nurses gave assistance to the patients.

Assistants are more than one assistant, a person who gives help: the emergency room assistants were ready to help anyone who came through the door.

38 . assure/ensure/insure

Assure means “to guarantee”: He assured her it was a quality item.

Ensure means “to make sure by double checking”: The custodian ensured the doors to the school were locked at night.

Insure means “to provide insurance”: It is wise to insure your house against flood, fire, or theft.

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