Commonly Confused Words Worksheet

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Kids at beach comparing 'to', 'two', 'too'.
    Kids at beach comparing 'to', 'two', 'too'.
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Certain words are easy to mix up, but these two commonly confused worksheets can help. Here, you’ll find an easily confused words worksheet for early learners and one for more advanced learners. There’s an explanation about commonly confused words before each printable worksheet, and the answers are provided in the PDF file.

Either worksheet could be used by teachers for younger children or ESL students. If your students need more explanations of the differences between the most commonly confused words, check out the YourDictionary Battle of the Commonly Misspelled or Misused Words infographic for an easy-to-understand visual explanation.

Commonly Confused Words for Younger Readers

The Level 1 worksheet covers several commonly confused words that younger readers and writers may encounter. Go over the concepts first, and then use the worksheet to help students understand.


Level 1 Commonly Confused Words Worksheet

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Commonly Confused Words Worksheet Level 1

Commonly confused words worksheet level 1

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Level 1 Concepts

You’ll see the following concepts on the Level 1 worksheet:

Two vs. To vs. Too

  • “Two” is a number.
  • “To” means toward.
  • “Too” means also, much, or very.

Their vs. There vs. They're

  • “Their” shows possession.
  • “There” is a place.
  • “They're” is a contraction for “they are.”

I vs. Me

  • “I” is a subject pronoun.
  • “Me” is an object pronoun.

Who vs. Whom

  • “Who” is the subject pronoun.
  • “Whom” is an object pronoun.

Fewer vs. Less

  • “Fewer” means a smaller number.
  • “Less” is a smaller amount.

Its vs. It’s

  • “Its” shows possession
  • “It's” is a contraction for “it is.”

Your vs. You’re

  • “Your” shows possession.
  • “You're” is a contraction for “you are.”

Can vs. May

  • “Can” shows ability.
  • “May” shows permission.

Lead vs. Led

  • “Lead” is a metal and a word for others to follow.
  • “Led” is the past tense form of the verb lead.

By vs. Buy vs. Bye

  • “By” means near or beside.
  • ”Buy” means to purchase.
  • “Bye” is a shortened form of “goodbye.”

Commonly Confused Words for More Advanced Readers

The Level 2 worksheet includes a number of commonly confused words that more advanced readers and writers might see in their work. Cover the concepts first, and then use the worksheet to help students practice their skills.

Level 2 Commonly Confused Worksheet

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Commonly Confused Words Worksheet Level 2

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Level 2 Concepts

This worksheet covers more advanced words that may be confused. You’ll see the following concepts:

Accept vs. Except

  • “Accept” means to receive.
  • “Except” means to leave out of a group or take away.

Affect vs. Effect

  • “Affect” is a verb meaning to influence.
  • “Effect” is a noun meaning result.

Capital vs. Capitol

  • “Capital” is the seat of government.
  • “Capitol” is the building where the legislative body meets.

Compliment vs. Complement

  • “Compliment” is saying something nice.
  • “Complement” is something that completes or matches something else.

Council vs. Counsel

  • “Council” is a group that makes decisions together.
  • “Counsel” is a verb meaning advise.

Descent vs. Dissent

  • “Descent” means a decline.
  • “Dissent” means to disagree or oppose.

Lose vs. Loose

  • “Lose” means to not win or you can't find something.
  • “Loose” means roomy or unrestrained.

Precede vs. Proceed

  • “Precede” means to come before.
  • “Proceed” means to continue or go forward.

Principal vs. Principle

  • “Principal” means the main person or part.
  • “Principle” means a fundamental truth.

Stationary vs. Stationery

  • “Stationary” means standing still.
  • “Stationery” means paper to write on.

Avoid Common Errors

Use these worksheets to give students more practice with commonly confused words and help them avoid embarrassing grammar mistakes in their speech and writing. Many of these examples are among the top 10 misused words, so if students can master their proper usage, they will be ahead.