Commonly Confused Words #19

OK, I know, I know, I’m late with today’s post, but better late than never! Since it was specially requested, we’ll have as #19 past and passed.

‘I walked past the shop on my way to school.’ BUT ‘I passed the shop on my way to school.’
Easy way to remember this one – is your meaning a verb? If so, it’s ‘passed’.


Tune in tomorrow for #20

Commonly Confused Words #17

Thursday brings us to Commonly Confused Words #17
Waste and waist
‘You don’t want to waste a precious moment of your writing time’, BUT ‘watch your waistline when consuming all those chocolate biscuits at your desk.’


Tune in for the final instalment tomorrow (well, this week’s final instalment – the possibilities are endless!)

Commonly Confused Words #16

Wednesday takes us to Commonly Confused Words #16 lead and led
‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.’ (infinitive) BUT ‘I led him down the narrow staircase.’ (past tense)

Let’s see what #17 brings us tomorrow!

Commonly Confused Words #15

It’s Tuesday and time for Commonly Confused Words #15 Chose and choose
‘I chose to go to the store yesterday instead of today’ (past tense) BUT ‘I would like to choose a film tonight.’ (infinitive) AND ‘I choose to wear black because it’s my favourite colour.’ (Choose is also the present tense.)


Tune in tomorrow – you got it, for #16!

Commonly Confused Words #14

It’s Monday! Apologies for leaving you without any commonly confused words last week, but there are plenty more.
#14 wander and wonder
‘I’m just going for a wander along the river.’ BUT ‘I wonder what my brother’s doing today.’
Amazing how many people mix those up!

Tune in tomorrow for #15


Commonly Misused Words #12 and #13

Here we are again – a new week and time for a few more misused words!

Commonly Misused Words #12 – wretch and retch.
‘The little wretch stole my watch.’ BUT ‘I retched at the sight of all the blood.’

Commonly Misused Words #13 – shudder and shutter. This is a different type of mistake to make from many in the series but one of those that when we are writing, our brain helps us write the wrong word!
‘I shuddered to think what my mother would say.’ BUT ‘I closed the bedroom shutters before going to bed.’

More tomorrow!

Commonly Misused Words #11

And it’s time for Commonly Misused Words #11
Bear v Bare
I couldn’t bear it when she told me the news BUT
He bared his soul to me.

Tune in next week for an article on redundancy, and I don’t mean getting laid off!

Commonly Misused Words #10

Commonly Misused Words #10 – Breath and breathe.

Another instance of words where the noun and verb are often mistakenly used in place of each other.
‘After running the marathon, every breath he took pained him’ but
‘He tried to breathe life into his novel’

But what words are you guilty of consistently misusing? Feel free to share!


Commonly Misused Words #9

Commonly Misused Words #9 – today I’m throwing into the mix something a little different – something to look out for in your editing/second draft.
‘Though’, ‘through’ and ‘thought’.
Many also mix ‘bought’ and ‘brought’.
There’s barely a manuscript I receive that doesn’t have an error of this type.
So be aware and keep your eyes peeled!
Tomorrow CMW #10

Commonly Misused Words #8

Since the Commonly Misused Words series seems to be well-received, I’ll continue!
#8 – Advice v Advise
‘I thanked him for the advice he had given me’ but ‘I would advise you to check with your solicitor before accepting the contract’
Advice is the noun, advise is the verb!
Tune in tomorrow for part #9