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07/17/2015
Here are some tips for avoiding some commonly confused words.

Accept vs Except

"Accept" is a verb meaning to receive. "Except" is a preposition meaning not included or a verb meaning to leave out. Remember that "except" ex-es things out.

Affect vs Effect

In general, "affect" is a verb meaning to influence and "effect" is a noun meaning result. "Effect" can also be a verb that means to accomplish, but it should not be confused with "affect".

Breath vs Breathe

"Breath" is a noun and "breathe" is a verb. Add an "e" when you want to verbalize breath.

Cite vs Sight vs Site

"Cite" is a verb and means to quote or write down. "Sight" is vision, and a "site" is a place.

Conscience vs Conscious

"Conscience" is the voice in your head that tells you right from wrong. "Conscious" is being awake. Remember that knowing right from wrong is a "science".

Supposed To vs Suppose

"Supposed to" means something you are obligated to do. "You are supposed to take out the trash." To "suppose" means to guess. If you have to do something, add the "d".

There vs Their vs They're

"There" refers to a location- over there. "Their" is a possessive form of they. "They're" is a contraction of "they are". Contractions always have apostrophes, so you can distinguish "they're" from the others.

A Lot vs Alot vs Allot

Never use "alot". It is not a word. You probably want to say "a lot," meaning many. Or you may be looking for "allot" which means to distribute. Remember there is a lot of space in outer space, and there have to be two L's to allot. For more vocabulary help in Bear, DE, contact The Tutoring Center at 302-832-2400. Our academic programs include one-to-one tutoring in reading, writing, math, and test preparation. We are happy to invite you in for a free diagnostic assessment.

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