Confused Words - Homonyms
except for the red one. AFFECT-to influence ex: Lack of sleep affects the quality of
the room look ominous.
ex: Can the university effect such a
change without disrupting classes?
Virginia Woolf's work. ILLUSION-a false perception of reality ex: They saw a mirage: that is a type of
illusion one sees in the desert.
the guests arrived. ALTOGETHER-entirely ex: Altogether, I thought that the
student's presentation was well planned.
ex: We were all together at the family
reunion last spring.
dogs apart. OR My old car fell apart before
we reached California.
field of study at the university. OR A part
of this plan involves getting started at
ex: The capital of Virginia is Richmond.
ex: The firm had enough capital to build
the new plant.
ex: The governor announced his
resignation in a speech given at the
author in my paper.
different emotions in different parts of
the site of a cemetery. COMPLEMENT-noun, something that completes; verb, to complete
ex: A nice dry white wine complements a
her proper use of a comma.
from cheating on the exam.
entered the house.
voted in favor of an outdoor concert in
convict before he was released. ELICIT-to draw or bring out ex: The teacher elicited the correct
response from the student. ILLICIT-illegal ex: The Columbian drug lord was arrested
for his illicit activities.
Physician of the Year award. IMMANENT-inherent or intrinsic ex: The meaning of the poem was
immanent, and not easily recognized.
imminent from the moment I enter my
mother walks out of the room. IT'S-contraction for it is ex: It's a beautiful day in the
ex: I have a headache, so I'm going to lie
down for a while.
(also lying, lay, has/have lain--The dog has
lain in the shade all day; yesterday, the
dog lay there for twelve hours).
sheriff demanded of the crazed
ex: The town lay at the foot of the
(also laying, laid, has/have laid--At that point, Pappy laid the shotgun on the
new lunchbox, don't even think of coming
ex: The burglar's pants were so loose that
he was sure to lose the race with the cop
ex: While awaiting trial, he was never set
loose from jail because no one would post his bail.
ex: The tornado passed through the city
quickly, but it caused great damage.
ex: Go past the fire station and turn right.
of good papers.
grades on the exam. PRINCIPAL-adjective, most important; noun, a person who has authority
ex: The principal ingredient in chocolate
chip cookies is chocolate chips.
ex: The principal of the school does the
announcements each morning.
of gravity. STATIONARY-standing still ex: The accident was my fault because I
ran into a stationary object.
was on recycled paper. SUPPOSED TO-correct form for "to be obligated to" or "presumed to" NOT
"suppose to" SUPPOSE-to guess or make a conjecture ex: Do you suppose we will get to the
airport on time? When is our plane
supposed to arrive? We are supposed to
check our bags before we board, but I
suppose we could do that at the curb and
at the dining hall.
and then I went to bed. THEIR-possessive form of they ex: Their house is at the end of the block.
ex: There goes my chance of winning the
lottery! THEY'RE-contraction for "they are" ex: They're in Europe for the summer--
ex: He plowed right through the other
team's defensive line.
there was not even a speck of dust when
looks tough on the outside.
ex: We're thru for the day!
was unable to drive home. TWO-a number ex: Only two students did not turn in the