SOME COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS
We use these words a lot (not  alot).  Find the ones that give you trouble and practice using them correctly. For an alphabetical list with hyperlinked explanations, visit Roane State's COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH.
 
CONFUSED WORDS MEANING
accept 
except 
to take, to receive.
not including everyone
affect 
effect 
to change or influence
 the result, consequence
all ready 
already 
completely prepared
previously
cite 
site 
to quote
a particular place
coarse 
course
of course 
crude or rough in texture
a path, a playing field, a unit of study
certainly
complement 
compliment 
to go with or complete
to flatter, or a flattering remark
conscience 
conscious 
moral principles
aware or alert
could care less  nonstandard; use couldn't care less
could of/should of  nonstandard; use could have/ should have
it's 
its 
it is
belong to it
knew 
new 
past tense of "to know"
not old
loose 
lose 
not tight or not securely fastened
to misplace or to not win
passed 
past 
past tense of the verb to pass
belonging to a former time
quiet 
quit 
not loud, silent, noiseless
to stop, cease, discontinue
suppose to/use to  nonstandard;use supposed to/used to
than 
then 
function word; indicates unequal difference
at that time or next, following
their 
they're 
there 
belonging to them
they are
a place
to 
too 
two 
function word; indicates direction
also, besides; indicates  excessiveness
a number
weather 
whether 
atmospheric conditions
refers to a choice between alternatives
who's 
whose 
who is
belonging to whom
your 
you're 
belong to you
you are