Commonly Confused Words Created by Kathryn Reilly

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  • Commonly Confused Words Created by Kathryn Reilly
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  • Background Information Just one letter can make a huge difference! Knowing the difference between tricky word pairs avoids reader confusion! Example: principal is a person principle is a belief Vs.
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  • 10 Confusing Word Pairs This slideshow will review ten tricky word pairs Allusion vs. Illusion Averse vs. Adverse Conscience vs. Conscious Disassemble vs. Dissemble Elicit vs. Illicit Emigration vs. Immigration Hear vs. Here Hoard vs. Horde Passed vs. Past Stationary vs. Stationery
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  • Allusion vs. Illusion Allusion is a reference to something West Side Story is an allusion to Romeo and Juliet. Illusion is a visual trick. Magicians use illusions such as pulling a rabbit from a hat.
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  • Averse vs. Adverse Averse means to strongly oppose something. Many people are averse to smoking in public areas. Adverse means unfavorable. The football game continued despite adverse weather.
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  • Conscience vs. Conscious Conscience refers to morality; choosing the correct action Marleys conscience would not let her shoplift. Conscious means to be aware of whats going on After ten days, the coma patient regained consciousness.
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  • Disassemble vs. Dissemble Disassemble means to take apart The curious child disassembled the remote to see how it worked. Dissemble means to lie. When caught, some people dissemble to try and get out of trouble.
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  • Elicit vs. Illicit Elicit means to coax a response Teachers try to elicit answers from students during class discussions. Illicit means illegal Cocaine and heroine are both illicit drugs.
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  • Emigration vs. Immigration Emigration occurs when one leaves a country During the Irish potato famine, a mass emigration happened to America. Immigration occurs when one enters a country Immigration into America is limited every year to a certain number.
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  • Hear vs. Here Hear means to understand with ones ear. Did you hear what Maddie said about Mark? Here refers to a specific place. Lets meet over here by the fountain.
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  • Hoard vs. Horde Hoard means to accumulate many things She hoarded books until she didnt have any more room. Horde means a large group On Black Friday, hordes of shoppers went to the mall.
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  • Passed vs. Past Passed is the past tense of pass I passed the ball to Richard during the game. Past refers to an event that has already occurred We should learn from the past so we do not repeat the same mistakes.
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  • Stationary vs. Stationery Stationary means not moving Statues are always stationary. Stationery is something you write letters on Molly wrote letters on stationery with cats because she owned 10!