Words We Often Mix Up

There are some words that are similar in sound or in meaning that people have a tendency to mix up (famous writers and myself included!) So, I thought I would make a short post of a few pairs of words I often catch myself confusing, so that others can begin to notice if they are making the same mistakes.

Advice

ex. "Even though I didn't want her advice, my mother kept giving it."

Advise

ex. "I wanted to advise her, but I didn't feel it was appropriate given our previous encounter."

Conscience

ex. "My conscience tells me that I shouldn't lie."

Conscious

ex. "Her family was overjoyed to see her conscious after being in a coma for over three days."

Compliment

ex. "He complimented my outfit."

Complement

ex. "Roast beef is a perfect complement to the rest of the meal."

Disinterested

ex. As a disinterested party, she didn't bother to share her opinion.

Uninterested

ex. "Jerry was uninterested in taking Pete's offer."

Discreet

ex. "Please be discreet; we don't want her to find out about the surprise party!"

Discrete,

ex. "When running a business, it is necessary to keep discrete accounts for both personal and business matters."

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