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Some words sound the same even though they have different spellings and different meanings. For example, think of the words 'accept' and 'except'.

Some words sound the same even though they have different spellings and different meanings. For example, think of the words 'accept' and 'except'.

The following section enables you to test your awareness of some commonly mistaken words.

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There, their or they're?

They're eating their chips over there: choosing the right word is not always an easy decision to make, particularly if you are rushing to finish an essay. Remember, this is an error that your spell checker is unable to spot.

Type the correct word in to the text box below, there, their or they're.

Tenants see rent rise by 25%.

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All these words sound the same but they have very different meanings; see the "Their, There, They're" e Learn English Language lesson for more information.

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Practise or practice?

Which is the correct word to use in the sentence below? Type practise or practice in to the text box below.

He had to skip football on Saturday.

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Tip: 'Practice' is a noun and 'practise' is a verb.

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Principle or principal?

Which is the correct word to use in the sentence below? Type principle or principal in to the text box below.

The basic of staff management is straight forward: value and trust your staff.

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Tip: If you're unsure, you could always take a look at an online dictionary.

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Precedes or proceeds?

These two words sound the same, but which one should be used in the sentence below? Type precedes or proceeds in to the text box below.

The full stop always the capital letter.

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Practise or practice? (again)

Which word should be used in the sentence below? Type practise or practice in to the text box below.

I need to more this week, especially as I missed football training on Saturday.

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Affect/effect

This is a really common one. So much so that it often goes unnoticed!

Type the correct word, affected or effected in the text box below.

These measures mainly the Labour Party rather than the unions.

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Tip: To 'affect' means to have an influence on. On the other hand, 'effect' means to bring about, cause, produce, result in. For example, 'The effect of the hurricane was catastrophic.'

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