Commonly Confused Words List

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This commonly confused words list will help your readers and writers with words that are often mixed up.

You can provide your language arts students with this commonly confused words list.

At the bottom, you will also find a link to a download that includes hints to help students know the difference.

This is another free resource for teachers and homeschool families from www.freewordwork.com.

Commonly confused words list

  • a while
  • awhile
  • addition
  • edition
  • advice
  • advise
  • affect
  • effect
  • all ready
  • already
  • all right
  • collaborate
  • corroborate
  • complement
  • compliment
  • farther
  • further
  • fewer
  • less
  • formally
  • formerly
  • forth
  • fourth
  • lay
  • lie
  • loose
  • lose
  • passed
  • past
  • saw
  • seen
  • set
  • sit
  • stationary
  • stationery
  • than
  • then
  • wander
  • wonder
  • who
  • whom
  • were
  • where

You can download the printable version of this word list here:

Need an option that includes explanations of each word? This list contains the meaning along with clues to help your students remember.

Understanding Commonly Confused Words List

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