1. Born (to take birth): My wife was born in 1960.
Borne (supported): He is suffering from water borne disease.
2. Bad (not good): He is a bad man.
Bed (sleeping place): I go to bed at 11pm.
3. By (assistance): A snake was killed by Raju with a stick.
Buy (purchase): I want to buy a car.
4. Beet (a vegetable): I prefer mango to beet.
Beat (to thrash): It is wrong to beat the students with a stick.
5. Borrow (to take loan): I have borrowed some money from Bank.
Burrow (a hole in earth): A mouse lives in this burrow.
6. Cell (a small cottage): There are more than twenty cells in that prison.
Sell (verb-to dispose off): He sells fruits and vegetables.
Sale (noun-act of selling): I have purchased this dress from that shop on discount sale.
7. Beach (shore): Many people like to walk along the sea beach.
Beech (a kind of tree): There are many Beech trees near the railway station.
8. Brake (lever): I am going to get the brake wire changed.
Break (to make a part): Can you break this stick with your hans?
9. Bow (bend): Let us bow to our mother land India.
Bough (a branch of tree): Many birds are sitting on the bough of the tree.
10. Bridal (pertaining to marriage): She is looking beautiful in her bridal dress.
Bridle (reins): It is not easy to bridle a vicious horse.
Word Often Confused (A – A)
1. Allusions (indirect reference): The poem is full of allusions.
Illusion (a deceptive show).
Indian mythology regards the material world as an illusion.
2. Apposite (Proper): His arguments were not apposite to the subject.
Opposite (contrary, in front of): His house is opposite to the college.
3. Assent (agreement): He gave his assent to the new proposal.
Ascent (going up): He pushed the button and the elevator began its slow ascent.
4. Arc (part of circle): If a straight line is drawn in a circle it will divide it into two arcs.
Ark (covered floating vessel): He crossed the Black Sea with his family in an ark.
5. Aloud (high volume ): I can’t hear you well, please speak aloud.
Allowed (permitted): He was allowed to enter.
6. Angle (an angle of degree): This is a ninety degree angle.
Angel (a divine messenger): Angels reside in heaven while men reside on earth.
7. Advice (noun): I need your expert advice in this matter.
Advise (verb): Please advise me in this matter.
8. Amiable (lovable): She is not only a beautiful but also an amiable girl.
Amicable (friendly): Finally the came to an amicable settlement.
9. Ail (to be ill): What ails the Industry is to be sorted out.
Ale (a drink): He has gone to the ale-house.
10. All together (in a body): Let us move there all together.
Altogether (completely): It seems altogether impossible to cross the river in night.