Keep an Eye on Those Words You Get Confused

When I read a post or a manuscript and see how writers get some words confused, it’s like the teacher in me wants to jump to the forefront again. Confusing the spelling of certain words is something that all of us do at one stage or another. Sit for a minute and think which words you get confused.

words you get confused

Correct grammar is part of quality content

We would all like to think that we can just sit down and write as the words come to mind. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Google loves quality content. Google also loves quality writing. The more ‘intelligent’ Google’s algorithms become, the more it checks on the quality of grammar in online copywriting.

To deliver a quality post, you need to check on those words you get confused. As Google wants to deliver quality content to their readers, you as the provider of that content need to see that your writing can stand with that of all the other wordsmiths out there.

It’s always a good idea to keep a dictionary on hand. You can also use an online dictionary. It’s worth taking the time to check those words you get confused.

You don’t want a good piece of writing spoiled by bad grammar!

Double check those words you get confused

There are a few words we all sometimes get wrong. Therefore it’s good to just refresh how and when we need to use each one.

There and Their

words you get confused: their and there

These are two of the words I see people confuse very often.

There: Indicates a place that is not here.

We will all go there tomorrow.

Their: Indicates something belonging to them not us.

They parked their cars under the tree.

To, Too and Two

Confusing these three words can sometimes get your writing in a spot of trouble.

Just have a look at this sentence:

I wanted to go to town but the two of them wanted to go too. One of them decided not to go so only two of us decided to still go. Some day he will go too.

Quite a few times we had to use to, too and two, wasn’t it? But if you want to make your writing appear professional, you need to see that you don’t get these words confused.

To: Indicates that something or someone is transferred from one place to another. If you give something to someone or go to a different place from where you are now, you will use the little word ‘to’.

I’m on my way to the beach.

I gave my bag to her.

Too: Indicates that another one will be doing what others are. (I promise this is less confusing than it sounds!)

She too wants a handbag like Kim Kardashian’s.

He wanted to go to town too.

Two: Indicates more than one but less than three.

She had two apples in her hands, one for me and one for her.

Then and Than

Are these two among the words you get confused? Many seem to switch around that a and the e but there is only one thing you need to remember to get this right every time.

Than is always used as part of a comparison. When you compare two or more things to each other, then you have to use than.

She is taller than her sister.

My car is faster than yours.

Then is used in other cases and usually indicates a time that something needs to happen or to be done.

He startled me, then I turned around and knocked him over.

You can walk there. Unless it rains, then you should take the bus.

Are there other words you get confused?

For each of us, there are certain words we seem to confuse more than others. My personal Achilles heel (other than saying Achilles heel!) is words that get spelled different between different types of English. Should it be neighbour or neighbor? And is it colour or color?

I’m sure there are a few words you get confused or maybe one you often see someone else use wrong. Use the comments section to tell us which other words you get confused.

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  1. Dorothy

    June 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    That is why we need to proofread our articles! This is a reminder to all, thanks for sharing Elmarie.

  2. Luanne

    June 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Good advice Elmarie. A single word could change a whole thought, so we must be careful in using the right words. 🙂

  3. Catherine Giray

    June 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Very true Elmarie. That’s why I always ask someone to read my article first before posting because I often get confused of those very similar words. 🙂

    • Elmarie Porthouse

      June 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Catherine, I don’t think there’s a person alive who doesn’t trip over a few words sometimes. We’re all just human 🙂

  4. Jiyan Nicdao

    June 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    We’re, were, where… LOL these 3 got me confused all the time. Great point you have here Elmarie. It’s always best to get your grammar checked 🙂

    • Elmarie Porthouse

      June 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Jiyan, I may have to write a lesson for you with we’re, were and where 😉


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