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Commonly Misused Words: How Their Effects Affect You

Commonly Misused Words: How Their Effects Affect You

Author: Meghan Hatalla

To review commonly misused words and how to use them correctly (i.e. accept v. except, then v. than, and other homonyms/homophones/confusing phrases, etc).

It's one thing to *say* words, but to *write* words can be an entirely different thing. It's important to realize that though many words can and do have similar sounds and similar meanings, there are still important differences between these words, and how to communicate on paper versus speaking.

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Using the Correct Words Video

ATCEN Learning Centre's Irene Wong explains why it pays to not only understand the meaning of words, but how they work in the English language...and why this learning packet matters =]

The Grammar Police

This infographic from Online Schooling lists some of the most common misused words. Silly? A little. But more memorable than a long list of text!

Words You Misuse

Tips for Misused Words

Memory devices can be helpful to know when to use words that sound the same; this PowerPoint will give provide some devices & ideas to make your own!

Slide 2: then/than
Slide 3: two/to/too
Slide 4: there/their/they’re

Source: Meghan Dusek

A Handout on Misused Words & Problem Phrases

Check out this handout for an extensive list of:

  • Words that sound alike (homonyms)
  • Words that don't sound alike but are still confusing
  • Problem phrases

Rags to Riches Quiz: I/me, who/whom, can/may, good/well

When and how to use words like I/me, who/whom, can/may, good/well can cause confusion. To test your knowledge, take this Quia quiz and see if you know when to use the right word AND if you have what it takes to go from Rags to Riches!