Writing Boot Camp

Word Choice

Confusing Word Pairs

  1. accept / except

  2. advice / advise

  3. affect / effect

  4. allot / a lot / alot

  5. allusion / illusion

  6. aloud / allowed

  7. amoral / immoral

  8. amount / number

  9. apart / a part

  10. bazaar / bizarre

  11. beside / besides

  12. between / among

  13. blond / blonde

  14. breath / breathe

  15. capital / capitol

  16. censor / censure / sensor / censer

  17. cereal / serial

  18. compliment / complement

  19. consecutive / successive

  20. copyright / copywrite

  21. council / counsel

  22. defuse / diffuse

  23. disinterested / uninterested

  24. eminent / imminent

  25. ensure / insure / assure

  26. farther / further

  27. fewer / less

  28. good / well

  29. historic / historical

  30. imply / infer

  31. its / it’s

  32. literally/ figuratively

  33. lose / loose

  34. me / I / myself

  35. past / passed

  36. pole / poll

  37. pour / poor / pore

  38. precede / proceed

  39. principal / principle

  40. raise / rise

  41. refurbish / renovate / refurnish

  42. role / roll

  43. sight / site / cite

  44. smooth / smoothe

  45. suppose / supposed

  46. than / then

  47. they’re / their / there

  48. threw / through / though

  49. vain / vane / vein

  50. who / that

  51. who / whom

  52. your / you’re

 

 

Redundant Words

  1. absolutely essential

  2. actual fact

  3. added bonus

  4. advance planning

  5. altogether eliminate

  6. armed gunman

  7. ask a question

  8. best ever

  9. close proximity

  10. completely destroy / filled

  11. consensus of opinion

  12. each and every

  13. empty hole

  14. end result

  15. fall down

  16. filled to capacity

  17. final outcome

  18. foreign imports

  19. free gift

  20. gather together

  21. invited guests

  22. kitty cat

  23. kneel down

  24. new innovation

  25. old adage / custom / proverb

  26. past experience / record / memory / history

  27. plan ahead

  28. protest against

  29. puppy dog

  30. reason is because

  31. refer back

  32. renown / renowned

  33. rice paddy

  34. sand dune

  35. still remains

  36. suddenly exploded

  37. surrounded on all sides

  38. temper tantrum

  39. tuna fish

  40. unexpected surprise

  41. very unique / pregnant / first

  42. written down

 

ATM machine

CNN news network

HPV virus

PIN number

SAT test

UPC code

VIN number

 

 

Miscellaneous

among v/ amongst

and also

could care less

couldn't hardly wait

for all intents and purposes

former

irregardless

like v/ such as

whether or not

worthwhile