Practice forConfusing Words
except/acceptThis restaurant accepts coupons, except           on Saturday nights.   accept = to take something offered   ...
except/acceptEveryone _____ Thomas went to the party. I won’t _____ bad grades this semester.
except/acceptEveryone except Thomas went to the party. I won’t accept bad grades this semester.
their/they’re/there  We went there last weekend.    They’re going to the mall.I gave the boys their basketball.           ...
their/they’re/thereThe kids lost _____ ball over _____ . _____ angry at _____ classmates.
their/they’re/thereThe kids lost their ball over there.They’re angry at their classmates.
its/it’sThe band produced its own music.       It’s hot out there!         its = belonging to it    it’s = contraction for...
its/it’s_____ sad when a dog loses _____ life by      running out on the highway.
its/it’sIt’s sad when a dog loses its life by running            out on the highway.
principle/principalThe principal disagreed with her teachers     on the principle of the matter.  principal = person in ch...
principle/principal    I’d like to a be a _____ some day.That _____ is useful for teaching children.
principle/principal    I’d like to a be a principal some day.That principle is useful for teaching children.
whose/who’sWhose paper is this sitting on the desk?  Who’s going to the party tonight?     whose = belonging to someone   ...
whose/who’sThe person _____ going to the store must       get us some potato chips.   We don’t know _____ coat this is.
whose/who’sThe person who’s going to the store must       get us some potato chips.   We don’t know whose coat this is.
then/than      We went home, and then we ate dinner.       If we go to school, then we will learn.      That movie is bett...
then/than     My mom grew up back _____.    Your team is faster _____ mine.Look over the study guide, and _____ ask       ...
then/than     My mom grew up back then.    Your team is faster than mine.Look over the study guide, and then ask          ...
loose/lose We don’t want to lose the game.  The loose balloon floated away.Please don’t lose your new watch.     loose = b...
loose/loseThe _____ trash drifted across the road.  The little girl will _____ her balloon.She will be upset if we _____ t...
loose/loseThe loose trash drifted across the road.  The little girl will lose her balloon.She will be upset if we lose the...
affect/effect Don’t let her bad attitude affect you.That medicine has a strong side effect.            affect is a verb   ...
affect/effectThe teacher’s words had a big _____ on the class.    The teacher’s words will _____ the class.
affect/effectThe teacher’s words had a big effect on the class.    The teacher’s words will affect the class.
to/tooWe went to the store.You should come too. It is too far to walk.   to is a preposition   too = also or very
to/too   I’m going _____ class early in the morning.It is _____ cold outside _____ not wear a coat.        I want _____ we...
to/too I’m going to class early in the morning.It is too cold outside to not wear a coat.         I want to wear a coat too.
your/you’re  Your mom is on the phone.You’re going to like this movie.     your shows ownership        you’re = you are
your/you’re_____ going to need _____ gloves outside.
your/you’reYou’re going to need your gloves ou
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Confusing Words

  1. 1. Practice forConfusing Words
  2. 2. except/acceptThis restaurant accepts coupons, except on Saturday nights. accept = to take something offered except = everything but that one
  3. 3. except/acceptEveryone _____ Thomas went to the party. I won’t _____ bad grades this semester.
  4. 4. except/acceptEveryone except Thomas went to the party. I won’t accept bad grades this semester.
  5. 5. their/they’re/there We went there last weekend. They’re going to the mall.I gave the boys their basketball. there = a placethey’re = contraction for “they are” their = belonging to them
  6. 6. their/they’re/thereThe kids lost _____ ball over _____ . _____ angry at _____ classmates.
  7. 7. their/they’re/thereThe kids lost their ball over there.They’re angry at their classmates.
  8. 8. its/it’sThe band produced its own music. It’s hot out there! its = belonging to it it’s = contraction for “it is”
  9. 9. its/it’s_____ sad when a dog loses _____ life by running out on the highway.
  10. 10. its/it’sIt’s sad when a dog loses its life by running out on the highway.
  11. 11. principle/principalThe principal disagreed with her teachers on the principle of the matter. principal = person in charge of the school principle = a concept
  12. 12. principle/principal I’d like to a be a _____ some day.That _____ is useful for teaching children.
  13. 13. principle/principal I’d like to a be a principal some day.That principle is useful for teaching children.
  14. 14. whose/who’sWhose paper is this sitting on the desk? Who’s going to the party tonight? whose = belonging to someone who’s = a contraction for “who is”
  15. 15. whose/who’sThe person _____ going to the store must get us some potato chips. We don’t know _____ coat this is.
  16. 16. whose/who’sThe person who’s going to the store must get us some potato chips. We don’t know whose coat this is.
  17. 17. then/than We went home, and then we ate dinner. If we go to school, then we will learn. That movie is better than the other one.then = denotes time, order, or relationship between ideas than = used to compare
  18. 18. then/than My mom grew up back _____. Your team is faster _____ mine.Look over the study guide, and _____ ask questions.
  19. 19. then/than My mom grew up back then. Your team is faster than mine.Look over the study guide, and then ask questions.
  20. 20. loose/lose We don’t want to lose the game. The loose balloon floated away.Please don’t lose your new watch. loose = baggy or movable than = misplace or fail
  21. 21. loose/loseThe _____ trash drifted across the road. The little girl will _____ her balloon.She will be upset if we _____ the match.
  22. 22. loose/loseThe loose trash drifted across the road. The little girl will lose her balloon.She will be upset if we lose the match.
  23. 23. affect/effect Don’t let her bad attitude affect you.That medicine has a strong side effect. affect is a verb effect is a noun
  24. 24. affect/effectThe teacher’s words had a big _____ on the class. The teacher’s words will _____ the class.
  25. 25. affect/effectThe teacher’s words had a big effect on the class. The teacher’s words will affect the class.
  26. 26. to/tooWe went to the store.You should come too. It is too far to walk. to is a preposition too = also or very
  27. 27. to/too I’m going _____ class early in the morning.It is _____ cold outside _____ not wear a coat. I want _____ wear a coat _____.
  28. 28. to/too I’m going to class early in the morning.It is too cold outside to not wear a coat. I want to wear a coat too.
  29. 29. your/you’re Your mom is on the phone.You’re going to like this movie. your shows ownership you’re = you are
  30. 30. your/you’re_____ going to need _____ gloves outside.
  31. 31. your/you’reYou’re going to need your gloves ou

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