|There are many words in English which sound alike, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.
- loose and lose
Loose indicates tightness of something.
Example: The glove is too loose for you.
Lose means something is missing.
Example: Did you lose your glove? Search for it.
- farther, further
Farther refers to distance. Further indicates additional degree, time, or quantity.
Example: As you go farther away, your ability to hear is further decreased.
- principal, principle
As a noun, principal means "head" or "chief;" as an adjective, "highest" or "best." Principle means "basic truth, law, or assumption." Principle is NEVER an adjective.
Example: The principal author gave the lecture. He acts according to the highest principles.
Directions: Fill in the blanks with correct words to make meaningful sentences. Write your own sentences using the often confused words discussed above. As a homework, find and write about at least ten more commonly confused words.