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SSC CGL Confusing Words : (Part – E) | Pinnacle Coaching

SSC CGL Confusing Words : (Part – E) | Pinnacle Coaching 

SSC CGL Confusing Words : (Part – E) | Pinnacle Coaching

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::


1.  Fair/fare

A fair is an exhibition of farm produce usually with a collection of rides and attractions: Every year our family goes to the state fair.

A fare is the fee you pay to ride public transportation: The fare to ride the bus is affordable in our town.


2. farther/further

Farther has to do with distance: How much farther is it to Delhi?

Further means “additional” or “more”: Please give me further information about the best route to Delhi.


3. faze/phase

Faze is to distress or disturb: The scrutiny of the media didn’t faze the new leader.

A phase is a period of development or a period of time in a cycle of events: The teenager  went through a phase    when all he did was eat junk food.


4. few/less

Few is used when talking about things that can be counted: Leena has a few ideas; also a few keys, few clouds, few values, few diseases.

Less is used when talking about things that can’t be counted: Leena shows less perseverance than we expected; also less distance, less pollution, less rain.


5. figuratively/literally

Figuratively refers to metaphoric speech, not realistic or exact: To say, “Hari died laughing,” is to speak figuratively.

Literally refers to realistic or exact speech: If Hari  literally died laughing, he must be buried (but it was not        such a bad way to go).

ssc cgl confusing words

6. flammable/inflammable

These two words both mean “easily set on fire”: a highly flammable/inflammable substance. However, flammable is now used as a warning to avoid misinterpreting the prefix in- as negation.


7. flare/flair

Flare is to increase greatly, burn brightly, or something that provides a bright flame: The fire in the grill flared    brightly when Eva tossed gasoline on it.

Flair refers to a sense of style or a talent: The host has a flair for entertaining a group of men.


8. flaunt/flout

To flaunt means “to show off”: The young bride likes to flaunt her jewels at parties.

To flout means “to show scorn or contempt for”: Leena flouts the speed limit in every state when it suits her schedule.


9. forbear/forebear

Forbear means “to refrain from”: The children simply could not forbear laughing in the library.

A forebear is an ancestor or forefather: Our forebears who founded this country centuries ago.


10. foreword/forward

A foreword is a short introduction at the beginning of a book usually written by someone other than the author: The foreword of the book explains how its thesis fits in with current thinking.

Forward is an adverb indicating movement ahead or toward the front: Pintu moves forward slowly in the line    at the grocery store.


11. forth/fourth

Forth means “forward, from this point”: Ballu  moved forth without looking back.

Fourth indicates an object that comes between No. 3 and No. 5: The maid servant just finished cleaning the fourth floor.


12. foul/fowl

Foul can means “offensive, rotten, or unfavorable”: Foul language, foul meat, and foul weather are unacceptable at a picnic.

Fowl refers to birds, especially domestic ones: Chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys are considered fowl.


13. found/founded

Found is the past tense of find: I found my glasses only after I had stepped on them!

Founded is past tense of the verb found, meaning “to set up or establish”: My ancestors were the ones who founded this country.


14. founder/flounder

Founder means one who laid the foundation for something: Jamshed ji Tata is the founder of steel industry in India.

Founder means “to run aground”: The boat foundered on a shoal in the storm.

Flounder means “to move clumsily, with difficulty” or “to blunder”.


Start From (G).


15. gibe/gybe/jibe

Gibe means “to taunt, jeer, make fun of”: His classmates gibed him for wearing his underwear over his clothes during the fancy dress competition.

Gybe means “to swing a fore-and-aft sail from one side of a sailboat to the other to change course”: When the     wind shifted, Ravi  gybed when he should have tacked.

Jibe refers to being in agreement: Our views on everything from baseball to Socrates seem to jibe.


16. gorilla/guerrilla

A gorilla is a large ape: Gorillas live in the African tropical forest.

A guerrilla is a member of irregular military that uses surprise attacks on its enemy: Guerrilla warfare uses tactics such as espionage, sabotage, and ambush.


Starting From (H)


17. hail/hale

Hail means “to greet or to come from”: She hails from California.

Hail also means “balls of ice”: Hail damaged the crops.

Hale means “sound or healthy”: Minny is hale and hearty enough to run five miles daily.


18. hanged/hung

Hanged is past tense of hang in the sense of executing someone by using a rope around the neck: The terrorist was hanged amid tight security.

Hung is the past tense of hang, but is used for things: My little son never hung up his clothes at the right place.


19. hardly

This is a word used in a negative sense meaning “barely”: She could hardly keep her eyes during the class  as she had not slept properly the previous night.


20. herd/heard

A herd is a group of animals: My little son  saw a herd of cows in the pasture.

Heard is the past tense of hear :The old lady heard the bells ringing for the glorious leader who had recently died.


21. here/hear

Here refers to the place where you are: You should come here more often.

Hear is to listen with the ears: Am I speaking loud enough for you to hear me?


22. heroin/heroine

Heroin is an illicit drug: Heroin is a very addicting substance.

A heroine is a female hero in in a story or movie.


23. historic/historical

Historic refers to something in history that was important: The summit was a historic meeting between the countries.

Historical refers to anything in general history: The whole class had to dress in historical costumes for the play.


24. hoard/horde

Hoard means “to collect and keep for oneself”: Squirrels hoard acorns during the winter.

A horde is a large group: Hordes of people go Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

ssc cgl confusing words

25. hole/whole

A hole is a gap or space: A moth made a hole in my sweater.

Whole means “complete”: Sheela ate the whole pizza herself!


26. home/hone

Home in is the correct phrase here is when referring to getting closer to a goal or target: The missile homed in electronically on the target.

Hone means “to sharpen”: Deepti made a resolution to hone her cooking skills as she was about to get married.


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