Appendix EFrequently Confused Words

The meaning and spelling of the following words are commonly confused. Practice using them until the correct usage is familiar to you.

accept, except

accept—to take, agree

I accept the offer.

except—excluding, omitting

Everyone left except me.

advice, advise

advice—opinion, counsel

She needs your advice.

advise—to counsel

Please advise him of his rights.

affect, effect

affect—to influence, change

Inflation always affects our level of income.

effect—(n.) impression, result; (v.) to cause

The computer has had a profound effect on our everyday lives. It has effected a complete change in the way we do business.

already, all ready

already—even now

We already have a robot.

all ready—all prepared

They’re all ready ...

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