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List of Commonly Mistaken Word

 

1. Emigrant

 




Immigrant

A person who leaves one country to move to another.

The Bangladeshi emigrants got on to the boat at Chittagong.

 

A person who enters one country from another.

The immigrants to India got off the boat in Howrah.

2. Eminent

 



Imminent

well-known

Newton is an eminent scientist.

 

about to happen

Dam999, documentary movie, predicted that a flood was imminent.

3. Feign

 



Faint

 

To give a false appearance of

To feign ignorance

 

To lose consciousness briefly

Some people often faint at the sight of a mouse.

4. Farther

 


Further

 

At a greater distance

I can see him going farther.

 

More

I have nothing further to tell you.

5. Flaunt

 

Flout

To make a gaudy display

Paris likes to flaunt her wealth.

To defy

Flouting traffic rules may put you in difficulty.

6. Ideal

 



Idol

Perfect

There is no ideal solution to the poverty problem in India.

Object of worship

Idol worship has made him blind to his coach’s faults.

7. Ingenious

 




Ingenuous

 

Clever, imaginative

Ingenious minds dream ambitious plans.

 


Frank and open

Deenanath Chauhan has an ingenuous way of believing everything she hears.

 

8. Moral

 

 




Morale

 

Having high moral values as prescribed in religious books.

Immorality has permeated in the lives of politicians to a great extent.

 

State of mind in terms of confidence and courage.

The morale of our troops is high

 

9. Ordinance

 



Ordnance

 

Rule of order                   

A new ordinance has been issued regarding the economic policy.

 

Arms, arsenal

The ordnance factory at army HQ is quite old.

10. Precede

 



Proceed

 

To go in advance of

A precedes B in the alphabet.

 

To go on or go forward

If there are no doubts, I will proceed with the next concept.

 

11. Prescribe

 

 



Proscribe

To recommend or set down a rule to be followed.

The doctor prescribed absolute rest for the patient.

 

To ban something

Doctor proscribed curd for the patient.

12. Principal

 







Principle

 

(1) Major, capital as opposed to interest.
Careless is a principal cause of highway accidents.
(2) The principal of the school attended our concert.

The principal was Rs 10000 and the interest was 5% a year.

 

A general rule or truth

A principled life is required to lead a happy life.

13. Quiet

 



Quit

 


Quite

 

Calm, Still, silent

Keep quiet, you might altert the birds.

 

To stop doing something

People who quit smoking has the higher chances of survival in case of heart attack.

 

Entirely, Really, Noticeably

Preeti felt quite ill during dinner.

14. Rain

 



Rein

 



Reign

 

Liquid Precipitation

There will be rain today – as per MET forecast.

 

A device used to guide a horse.

Adjust the saddle and reins.

 

 

The rule of a sovereign

It happened in the reign of Lord Mountbatten.

15. Raise

 




Raze

 

To lift something              

Police ordered the thief to raise both the hands and surrender.

 

To demolish              

The wreckers began to raze the illegal complex.

16. Septic

 




Skeptic

 

A bacterial infection

The wound developed into a septic because of negligence.

 

A person who always doubts

Fake placement records of B-schools make students skeptical.

17. Simulate

 




Stimulate

 

To imitate or pretend                 

Now a days, drivers can get themselves trained on simulators.

 

Excite, provoke, inspire

Anna’s speech could stimulate the whole nation.

18. Sore

 



Sour

 
Soar

 

Unhappy, bitter

He was quite sore over his defeat.

 

Not sweet, pungent

The grapes were quite sour.

 

To rise high

His spirits soared when he got the call letter.

19. Stationary

 



Stationery

 

Static, Motionless

The car rammed into the stationary truck.

 

Writing material

Mr Randhir owns the best stationery shop in town.

20. Straight

 





Strait

 

Not curved or crooked

A straight line is the shortest distance between two points.

A narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water, a distressing situation.

We passed through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Our next door neighbor is in dire financial straits.

21. Suit

 





Suite

 

A coat with matching trousers or skirt, a proceeding in a law court.

Grandfather still wears a blue suit every Sunday.

Ram Bikemalani argued his suit eloquently.

 

A set of rooms, of matching furniture

The reserved the bridal suite at The Taj.

22. Tamper

 




Temper

 

To meddle with

Ask children not to tamper with the equipments.

 

Disposition, Nature

He has a bad temper and that is why he is not very popular.

23. Urban

 




Urbane

 

Belonging to the city or town.

The villagers are fast migrating to urban areas.

Refined, Polished, Cultured

Having an urbane personality is desirable for all the sales people.

24. Vain

 



Vane

 




Vein

 

Conceited, useless

That model is an unusually vain girl.

He made several vain attempts to get a job.

 

A direction pointer

The weekend farmers bought a new weather vane for the barn.

 

A blood vessel

In today’s medical class, we were told about veins and arteries.

25. Venal

 




Venial

 

Evil, corrupt, immoral

The venal acts of bureaucrats have damaged the nation.

 

Something that can be pardoned

The venial mischief of the child were often overlooked.

26. Waist



Waste

 

The narrow part of the body above the hips.

He has a 34-waist.

 

Needless consumption or destruction

Facebook is a total waste of time.

 

27. Weather

 

 

Whether

 

Day to day climate

What is the weather forecast for today?

 

If it be the case that

I do not know whether she would marry me or not?

28. Whose

 


Who’s

 

The possessive of the pronoun who

Whose book is this?

 

‘who is’

Who’s going to dinner with me?

29. Your

 


You’re

 

The possessive of the pronoun You.

Is this your book?

 

‘You are’

You’re late for work.

30. Can

 



May

Capable

Despite the warning, hooligans may create problems.

 

Permission

May I go out Sir?

31. Able

 




Capable

Power or strength in general

Despite going through Chemotherapy, Yuvraj is able to play football.

 

Power or strength in particular

He is capable of running for 2 hours continuously.

32. Advice

 


Advise

 

Suggestion (Noun)

People who give unsolicited advice are not respected in the society.

 

Counsel (Verb)

I advise you to try to stay put in the hostel.

33. Beside

 


Besides

 


Decent

Adjacent, nearby

My house is beside church.

 

Also, as well as

Besides getting a technical know how, doing MBA will also give me practical exposure.

Suitable; respectable

34. Descent

 

Dissent

The act of coming down

 

To differ

35. Desert

 






Dessert

 

(1) Waste land, (2) to abandon

(1) Sahara is one of the biggest deserts in the world.

(2) Mr Bhatt deserted Ms Parveen after using her talent.

 

The course at the end of the dinner

The dessert was just as good as was the dinner.

36. Dual

 



Duel

Double

All long range aircrafts have dual engine.

 

Contest between two people

Duel between MSD and VS for captaincy is detrimental for Team performance.





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