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SSC CGL English Confusing Words Part C

SSC CGL Confusing Word Part C

SSC CGL Confusing Word Part C

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

Basically we can say that Confusing words are those words which have same pronunciation 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::


Canvas is cloth or fabric: a canvas bag to bring to the beach.

Canvass means “to seek votes”:

2. Capital/Capitol  

A capital is where the seat of government is: The capital of the United States is Washington DC.

Capital can also mean “wealth” or “a large letter”.

Write your name in capital letters. We were short of capital for the business.

The Capitol (usually capitalized) is the actual building in which the government and legislature meets: We will  travel to the Capitol this weekend.

3. Censor/Sensor/Censure

Censor is to prohibit free expression: The board decided to censor all the objectionable scenes in the movie.

A sensor is something that interprets stimulation: The low oil sensor lit up indicating a lack of oil within the engine

Censure is rebuke, harsh criticism: He was severely censured for putting the frog in the water cooler.

4. Cite/Site/Sight 

Cite means “to quote or mention”: He cited a famous theorist in his speech.

Site is a noun meaning “a place”: At which site will we stage the party? I visited the factory site in the morning.

Sight is a noun meaning “view”: The sight from Burj Khalifa is spectacular.

5. Climactic/Climatic   

Climactic refers to the peak: The police reached  right at the climactic moment of a movie.

Climatic refers to the climate and weather: London is known for its sudden climatic changes.

SSC CGL Confusing Word
6. Coarse/Course

Coarse is an adjective meaning “rough, big-grained, not fine”: We need to use coarse sandpaper to remove  the paint from this wood.

Course is a noun referring to a direction (the course of a ship) or a series of lectures on one subject (a history course in college): The meditation course that he took last year changed the course of his life.

7. Collaborate/ Corroborate

Collaborate means “to work together”: Collaborate with the people on your team.

Corroborate means “to support with evidence” or “prove true”: The testimony was corroborated with evidence of his innocence.

8. Complement/Compliment

Complement means “to supplement” or “make complete”: Their two personalities complement each other.

Compliment means “to praise or congratulate”: She received a compliment on her sense of fashion.

9. Compose/Comprise

Compose means to “make up” and is often used in the passive voice: The class at Pinnacle is composed of students of various states in India.

Comprise means “have, consist of, or include”: Students of several nationalities comprise the class. A rule to remember would be that the whole comprises its parts, and the parts compose the whole.

10. Concurrent/Consecutive

Concurrent simultaneous or happening at the same time as something else: concurrent election rallys in three different states.

Consecutive means “successive or one after another”: The state had three consecutive floods that month.

11. Conform/Confirm

Conform means “to be similar to”: These measurements conform to the blueprints.

Confirm is to make sure or double check: to confirm a flight reservation.

12. Connote/Denote

Connote means to “imply or suggest”: Our body language connotes how we feel even if we don’t say a word.

Denote means to “indicate specifically, to mean”: A red light denotes that one has to stop.

13. Conscience/Conscious

Conscience is the feeling or knowledge of right and wrong: My conscience wouldn’t allow me to compete with someone so much weaker than me.

Conscious refers to being awake and aware: The driver was still conscious after the accident and he gave the details to the police.

14. Continual/Continuous

Continual means “repeated with breaks in between”: We need continual rain throughout the summer for crops to grow.

Continuous means “without stopping”: The continuous drumming of the drum during the parade disturbed the peace of the neighbourhood.

15. Convince/Persuade

Convince is to cause another to feel sure or believe something to be true: Well, this book ‘Greenpasture’ has convinced me that aliens do exist.

Persuade is to talk someone into doing something: My father persuaded me to help him wash his car.

16. Co-operation/Corporation

Co-operation means “working together”: I would like to thank you for your cooperation on the project.

A corporation is a large company: Presidents of large corporations receive tens of millions of dollars in salary.

17. Corps/Core/Corpse

corpse  Corps (pronounced ‘core’) is an organization of people dedicated to a single goal: Lucy joined the Peace Corps after college.

A core is the center of a fruit containing seeds: My dog eats the apple core and all of it along with the seeds.

A corpse is a dead body: The corpse of Danny’s dog was lovingly laid to rest in the back yard.

18. Correspondence/Correspondents

Correspondence is agreement or written communication such as letters or news articles: Rajiv and Ranjan continued their correspondence for years.

Correspondents are those who write this communication: Nilesh has lived abroad as a news correspondent for several years.

19. Could Not Care Less

This expression is often confusing . It is always used with a negative and means that you really don’t care at all: Since she was sick, Mona could not care less about doing her homework.

20. Council/Counsel/Consul

A council is a group of people called together to meet on an issue: The school board council meets every Thursday evening.

Counsel is advice: I always go to Chander for counsel on the tough decisions in my life.

A consul is a diplomat appointed to protect the citizens and commercial interests of one country in another: If   you need help starting a business in France, talk to the US consul in Paris.

21. Creak/Creek

Creak can be the noun or verb for a squeak or groan: The creak of the floorboards alerted the sailor that the captain was sneaking up on him.

A creek is a small stream: The kids loved to play in the creek on a hot summer day.

22. Credible/Creditable

Credible means “believable or reliable”: There is no credible evidence that it was I who broke the lamp.

Creditable means “worthy of praise or respect”: I couldn’t have broken the lamp because I have a creditable ability.

SSC CGL Confusing Word
23. Criteria/Criterion

Criterion is singular: There is only one criterion for this job.

Criteria is plural: Several criteria need to be met in order for us to move forward.

24. Custom/Costume

A custom is a cultural tradition: It is a custom in Japan to remove your shoes when entering a home.

A costume is the outfit worn to represent a particular time, event, or culture: What is your costume for fancy dress going to be?

25. Congenial/Congenital

Congenial describes something likeable, suitable to taste: They enjoy the congenial surroundings in their home.

Congenital refers to a condition present at birth because of heredity: The child has a congenital heart defect.

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