[Surfnetkids: 19 Feb 2014] Commonly Confused Words

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#1. February 19, 2014

Barbara J. Feldman
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#2. Commonly Confused Words

by Barbara J. Feldman

Commonly Confused Words Printable (** for premium members only)

When your sheep’s wool is long and curly, do you sheer it or shear it? When tired, do you lay down or lie down for a nap? Even native English speakers can be confused by homonyms and words that some teachers call “confusables.”

About: Grammar: Index of Commonly Confused Words
About.com’s Grammar and Composition Guide, Richard Nordquist, defines over 200 sets of commonly confused words. From A (“A, An, And”) to Y (“Your, You’re”), each word is defined, an example provided, and a few practice fill-in-the-blank sentences included. Don’t miss The Big Quiz, which tests 50 sets of “confusables.” To view the quiz without any ads (or to print it), use the Print icon in the upper right-hand corner.

Daily Writing Tips: Misused Words
“If most people’s employment of the word ‘literally’ doesn’t drive you mad, you’re probably guilty of a few misuses yourself. It’s one of the most common complaints of the grammar-savvy.” Daily Writing Tips is a delightful blog about writing skills. This particular page is an index to all their posts about misused words. It is full of treasures such as “Epiphany or Mere Realization”, “Hordes of People Shouldn’t Hoard”, and “Literally the Worst Mistake You Could Ever Make.” Related categories (listed in the left-hand menu) include Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar 101.

Grammar Book: Confusing Words and Homonyms
Jane Straus, author of “The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation,” provides four pages of words that frequently cause confusion. Some words are simply defined, but others include grammar rules, sample sentences, and the occasional usage chart. The site also includes two interactive ten-question quizzes on the subject. To find them, click on Quizzes in the nav menu, and look for More Confusing Words and Homonyms Quiz 1 and Quiz 2.

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Commonly Confused Words Printable
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