One of the toughest parts of English is vocabulary. Here are some of the most easily confused words, in no particular order.

Every day Each day
Everyday Ordinary, commonplace

Eating lunch every day is an everyday event.

Affect (v.) To influence; to change; to assume
Effect (n.) The result
Affect (n.) Psychological term meaning an emotional state
Effect (v.)
To cause change (not as commonly used)

The word RAVEN can help you remember the first two definitions, the ones you’ll most likely use in business writing.


Accept Agree; take; receive
Except Exclude
Compose To make up: The parts compose the whole.
Comprise To include; contain; consist of: The whole comprises (includes/contains) the parts. Please note: The phrase “is comprised of” does not exist. You cannot say “the company is included of its parts.”
A lot Frequently (think “a little” to help you remember)
Allot Assign or distribute shares
Alot Does not exist
Anxious Looking forward to with anxiety or fear
Eager Looking forward to with happiness, confidence
Continual Occurring steadily, but with occasional breaks
Continuous Uninterrupted; unbroken
Bad Adjective form used after feel, look, taste, sound, smell
Badly Adverb form used after other verbs
Principal The most important; the main
Principle A general rule; a truth; integrity
Disinterested Impartial; having no stake in the outcome.
Uninterested Not interested
Imply Hint or suggest
Infer Conclude by reasoning from something known or assumed
Assume Take as true without evidence
Presume Take as true for a specific reason; have evidence
Libel Damaging public statement made in print (think lawyers)
Slander Damaging public statement made orally (think spoken)
Precede Go before
Proceed Advance to