commonly confused words
Commonly Confused Words


Accept (txais) - I gladly accepted her invitation.

Except (txais) - Except Oveget, I will not attend her cultural function.

Access (nkag) - The class caption has free access to the Headmaster.

Excess (tshaj) - Excess of everything is bad.

Adapt (hloov) -He adapted himself to the new school.

Adept (adept) - He is adept in Nazrul song.

Adopt (txais yuav) - Don't adopt unfair means in the examination.

Advice (tswv yim) - Last night My father gave me a good advice.

Advise (qhia) - My all well wishers advised me to go through a book.

Affect (muaj kev cuam tshuam) - Excess labor must affect your body.

Effect (nyhuv) - The effects of war are not good.

Ascent (ascent) - The ascent to the mountain is not a easy task.

Assent (assent) - I need your assent regarding this matter.

Admit (lees) - Mukul admits that he was wrong.

Confess (lees txim) - You must confess your fault.

Addicted (addicted) - Mukul is addicted to drinking.

Devoted (devoted) - Munir is devoted to all newspaper technical support.

Assay (tshuaj ntsuam) - Plabon always assays to help others.

Essay (sau ntawv) - I am writing an essay on discipline.

Altar (thaj) - The goat was sacrificed on the altar.

Alter (hloov) - Nothing is left in this city to be altered.


Bag (hnab) - Hafez has a wonderful laptop bag.

Beg (beg) - The older man is begging from door to door.

Bad (phem) - Never try to mingle with the bad boys.

Bed (txaj) - I must go to the bed as I feel sleepy.

Bat (puav) - Bats do not lay eggs.

Bet (thawj koom ruam) - I bet, You will lose the match.

Beat (yeej) - They will beat the thief.

Bit (me ntsis) - Mukul ate every bit of his cake.

Berth (berth) - Poor people can not reserve a berth in the train.

Birth (yug) - The cow gave birth to a culf yesterday.

Beside (ntawm ib sab) - His house is beside the field.

Besides (dua li) - Besides this , He has plenty of wealth.


Calendar (daim ntawv qhia hnub) - I gave him a calendar of 2014.

Calender (calender) - Every washerman has a calender.

Check (xyuas) - Check your temper.

Cheque (xyuas) - I gave him a cheque of TK. 500.

Cite (pabneeg) - Cite an example.

Site (qhov chaw) - This is the new site of our school.

Sight (pom) - Her eye-sight is defective.

Coarse (ntxhib) - She can not eat coarse rice.

Course (cov hoob kawm) - The ship has changed his course.

Corps (corps) - A corps of soldiers was sent to the flood affected area.

Corpse (neeg tuag lub cev) - A corpse is lying by the road.

Childish (childish) - I don't like your childish manners.

Childlike (cov me nyuam yaus) - He is liked by everybody for his childlike simplicity.

Council (council) - Ramih is the new chairman of the Union council.

Counsel (lus ntuas) - My teacher gave a good counsel.

Clean (huv si) - The room is clean.

Clear (ntshiab) - The water is clear.

Custom (kev cai) - The custom is no longer in vogue.

Costume (costume) - You should not wear fancy costume.

Coma (coma) - My wife in a coma.

Comma (comma) - Put a comma (.) after the verb.

Canon (canon) - A society has its own canons.

Cannon (cannon) - The soldiers use cannons in the battle field.


Dear (Nyob zoo) - My father is dear to me.

Deer (mos lwj) - There are many deer in the Sundarbans.

Drown (poob dej) - The boy was drowned in the river.

Sink (dab ntxuav tes) - The boat sank in the river.

Disease (kab mob) - He is suffering from skin disease.

Decease (decease) - Do you know the time of your decease ?.

Dairy (khoom noj siv mis) - Have you ever visited the Sirajgonj dairy farm.

Diary (chaw muag mis nyuj) - It is good to keep a diary.

Die (tuag) - He died of fever.

Dye (zas xim) - The cloth is dyed in fast colour.

Discover (nrhiav) - Columbus discovered America fever.

Invent (txua) - Charle's Babbage invented the computer.

Deny (tsis kam) - Simu denied all charges against her.

Refuse (tsis kam) - The servant refused to obey his orders.

Draft (cua ntsawj ntshab) - Make a draft of the petition.

Draught (cua ntsawj ntshab) - He drank the water of the glass at one draught.

Drought (qhuav) - Drought destroyed the crops.


Eligible (tsim nyog tau txais) - He is not eligible for the post.

Illegible (nyeem tsis tau) - Your handwriting is illegible.

Eminent (eminent) - Dr. Haque is an eminent scholar.

Imminent (ntxhov) - I saved him from an imminent danger.

Expect (cia siab tias) - I expect that he will pass.

Hope (vam thiab cia siab) - I hope you are well today.


Far (deb) - The market is not far from the village.

Fur (plaub) - The cat has soft fur all over it's body.

Fair (ncaj ncees) - She is a fair girl.

Fare (nqi caij tshev) - What is the bus fair from Dhaka to Sirajgonj?

Farm (ua liaj ua teb) - There is an agricultural farm at Gazipur.

Firm (ruaj) - He is a firm in his ideas.

Flower (paj) - Everybody likes flower.

Flour (hmoov) - Bread is made with flour.

Farther (farther) - They will go farther than expected.

Further (ntxiv) - Further explanation is necessary to solve this problem.

Fast (ceev ceev) - The horse runs fast.

First (thawj) - Faridul is the first boy.

Flash (flash) - I saw a flash of lightning in the sky.

Flesh (nqaij) - Tigers are flesh eating animals.


Gaol (gaol) - The thief was sent to the gaol.

Goal (lub hom phiaj) - What is the goal of your life?


Hear (hnov) - I can not hear your voice.

Listen (mloog) - Listen to what i say.

Human (tib neeg) - To err is human.

Humane (siab zoo) - He is humane by nature.

Hard (nyuaj) - He works hard.

Herd (pab tsiaj) - A herd of sheep is grazing in the field.

Hail (lawg) - The captain was hailed by all.

Hale (Hale) - I am quite hale and hearty.

Honorary (saib xyuas) - He is the honorary member of our club.

Honourable (honorable) - Khaled is an honourable man.

Historic (historic) - This is a historic Place.

Historical (keeb kwm) - Because of historical fact English is spoken all over the world.


Industrious (industrious) - Industrious people never fail in life.

Industrial (muaj) - Tejgaon is an industrial area.


Jealous (cuajkhaum) - He is jealous of my success.

Zealous () - Munir is a zealous worker.


Later (tom qab) - He reached later than all others.

Latter (tom kawg) - Karim and Rahim are two brothers; The former is a doctor and latteris a teacher.

Last (kawg) - Nasir is the last boy in the class.

Latest (tseeb) - This is the latest design of the car.

Leave (tawm) - Nasir is leaving the hotel today.

Live (nyob) - We live in the village.

Lovable (lovable) - The child is very lovable.

Lovely (zoo ntxim nyiam kawg) - Her appearance is very lovely.

Lose (poob) - They may lose the match today.

Loose (xoob) - Oveget has put on a loose shirt.


Meat (nqaij) - We get meat from cow.

Meet (ntsib) - I intend to meet him tomorrow.

Main (ntsiab) - Rice is our main crops.

Mane (txoob) - The lioness has no mane.

Moral (ncaj ncees) - He bears a good moral character.

Morale (morale) - They may win as their morale is very high.



Official (hauj) - It is an official matter.

Officious (officious) - He is officious by nature.

Ordinance (txoj kab ke) - A new ordinance has been promulgated.

Ordnance (ordnance) - There is an ordnance factory at Gazipur.


Pan (yias) - She is making the omelet with a pan.

Pen (cwj mem) - Pen is mighter than sword.

Pat (pat) - The teacher is patting the child on the shoulder.

Pet (tus tsiaj) - The cat is a pet animal.

Peace (kev sib haum xeeb) - We want peace.

Piece (daim) - I want a piece of paper.

Paper (daim ntawv) - We write on paper.

Pepper (kua txob) - Don't take much pepper with curry.

Person (tus neeg) - Samiur Rahman is an honest person.

Parson (Parson) - We went to a parson to take moral ideas.

Populous (populous) - Dhaka is a populous city.

Popular (nrov) - Mawlana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani was a popular leader.

Pair (khub) - I shall buy a pair of red shoes.

Pare (pare) - Pare the nails as they look ugly.

Patrol (saib xyuas) - The policeman are patrolling the city streets.

Petrol (petrol) - We use petrol in the motorcars.

Personal (tus kheej) - Don't read my personal diary.

Personnel () - He is an army personnel.

Physic (physic) - Nature is a better physic than any other medicine.

Physique (physique) - He has a good physique.

Pity (hlub) - Have pity for the poor.

Piety (piety) - He is respected for his piety.

Practice (xyaum) - You need constant practice to write a better hand.

Practise () - He practises swimming everyday.

Pray (thov Vajtswv) - We should pray to allah.

Prey (prey) - The tiger is a beast of prey.


Quiet (nyob ntsiag to) - He is a quiet boy.

Quite (heev) - I am quite happy today.


Refuge (qhov chaw nkaum) - Many people seek refuge in highlands during flood.

Refuse (tsis kam) - He refused to hear me.

Register (sau npe) - Your name has been struck off the register.

Registrar (neeg sau npe kawm) - Mr. Hadi was the registrar of the Rajshahi University.

Role (lub luag hauj lwm) - In the drama He played the role of hero.

Roll (yob) - What is your roll number?



Seat (rooj zaum) - Please have your seat.

Sit (zaum) - Please sit down.

See (saib) - I see a bird in the nest.

Sea (hiav txwv) - The Bay of Bengal is a sea.

Sweat (hws) - He earns by the sweat of his brow.

Sweet (qab zib) - These mangoes are very sweet.

Sale (muag khoom) - I have kept my freeze for sale.

Sell (muag) - He is selling his products.

Soul (ntsuj plig) - The soul never dies.

Sole (ib) - He is the sole owner of this company.

Staff (neeg ua hauj lwm) - All members of the office staff were present in the meeting.

Stuff (khoom) - It is made of soft stuff.

Story (zaj dabneeg) - Please tell me a very funny story.

Storey () - It is a multi storeyied building.

Sometime (tej tsam) - Sometime, he was a teacher of this school.

Sometimes (tej zaum) - He sometimes come here.

Stationary (nyob ruaj ruaj) - The sun is stationary.

Stationery (sau) - I am going to a stationery shop to buy a pencil.

Ship (nkoj) - Rana went to America by ship.

Sheep (yaj) - Many sheep are grazing in the field.

Social (social) - Man is a social animal.

Sociable (sociable) - He ia a sociable man.


Tale (taleas) - It was a tale of adventure.

Tell (qhia) - Please tell us a story.

Tail (tus Tsov tus tw) - A tiger has a long tail.

Test (xeem) - He sat for the admission test.

Taste (saj) - Honey tastes sweet.



Urban (nroog) - I do not prefer urban life.

Urbane (urbane) - His urbane manners pleased us.


Vain (vain) - Your all attempts will go in vain.

Vein (hlab ntsha) - Blood flows through the vein to the heart.


Wander (laij) - He wandered here and there for the whole day.

Wonder (xav) - Computer is one of the wonders of modern science.

Weak (tsis muaj zog) - He is very weak.

Week (lub lim tiam) - I shall visit trade fair on next week.

Wick (wick) - The wick of the candle has been completely burnt.

Wear (hnav) - He always wear hat.

Wire (hlau) - This is an electric wire.

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