English is full of words that are commonly confused, misused, and misspelled. Here are some examples with devices to help remember them.
Advice vs Advise
"Advice" is a noun meaning guidance. "Advise" is a verb meaning to suggest or recommend. Remember that the "c" is pronounced like an "s" and the "s" is pronounced as a "z". When you are confused, say the word to determine which you should use.
Board vs Bored
A "board" is a noun as in a piece of wood or a deciding body. "Bored" is an adjective that means lacking interest. "Bored" ends in "-ed" to help remind you that it is an adjective and not a noun.
Hear vs Here
There is an "ear" in "hear" because it means to listen. "Here" is 80% of "where" to represent a place.
Hole vs Whole
A "hole" is an opening. It is missing a "w" so it can never be "whole," or complete.
Idle vs Idol vs Idyll
"Idle" is an adjective that means inactive. An "idol" is an object of worship or adoration. "Idyll" is a happy interlude. "Idol" has an "o" for when you adore your favorite celebrity, "Oh, how well he can dance!"
Pray vs Prey
To "pray" is to speak to a deity. To "prey" is to hunt, or it is a noun meaning the object of a hunt. Remember that "prey" has an "e" because it gets eaten.
Principal vs Principle
A "principal" is the head of an organization or the first and most important. A "principle" is a fundamental belief. The "principal" is your "pal," or is she?
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