Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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bald

having no hair

bawled

cried


ball

a sphere

bawl

to cry or wail loudly


band

a group, sometimes a group of musicians

banned

forbidden


bare

naked, unconcealed, plain

bear

the animal


base

the bottom; vulgar; headquarters (singular)

bass

low vocal or instrumental range (pronounced like lace); a type of fish (pronounced like lass)


based

be dependent or supported

baste

to moisten; to criticize or lash out at


bases (noun, verb)

headquarters (plural of base); builds on

basis(noun)

foundation; belief


be

to exist or live

bee

insect


beach

sandy area with water

beech

type of tree with smooth, gray bark


beat

to strike violently; to flutter or flap; to pound as with a drum; to defeat; to stir vigorously

beet

a plant with a fleshy red or white root


beau

boyfriend (pronounced like owe)

bough (noun)

branch of a tree (pronounced like cow)

bow (noun)

part of a set with arrows (pronounced like owe)

bow (noun, verb)

boat front, a male's form of curtsy, bending at the waist; comply (pronounced like cow)


because vs. since

Rule. Because and since can be used almost interchangeably although because always indicates cause and effect and since is used for a relationship or time.

Example: Since I have some extra money, I will buy shoes. (not cause and effect)

Example: I will go to the game because my daughter is on the team. (cause and effect)

Example: I have wanted to talk to you since yesterday. (time)


been

form of be used with has or have

bin

container


bell

chime or alarm; a signal

belle

beautiful or charming woman


berth

a boat dock; bedroom or bed

birth

being born; beginning


better

of higher quality

bettor

someone who places bets


between

(see among)


biannual

twice a year

biennial

every two years

semiannual

twice a year (same as biannual)


bite

to use one’s teeth to tear food

byte

computer term for eight bits of information


billed

charged a fee

build

construct


blew

past tense of blow

blue

the color


bloc

a group united for a particular purpose

block

city street; a cube-shaped object


boar

male pig

bore

someone or something not interesting


board

piece of wood; a group of people

bored

uninterested


boarder

someone who pays for room and food

border

perimeter; boundary


bode

predict

bowed

bent (pronounced like owed)


bold

daring

bowled

to have gone bowling; knocked over


bolder

more daring

boulder

a large rock


boos

sounds made by disapproving audience

booze

alcohol


bough

(see beau)


bow

(see beau)


boy

male child

buoy

a naval beacon or marker


brake

stop

break

separate into pieces


bread

a food; slang for money

bred

past tense of breed; raised


brewed

fermented

brood (verb, noun)

mull over; a cluster or family


brews

ferments

bruise

a black-and-blue mark, contusion


bridal

relating to brides

bridle

a harness, usually for a horse


bring

you bring something towards

take

you take something away


broach

to raise a topic

brooch

a bauble; a piece of jewelry


brows

the hairs in the arch above the eyes

browse

search for, peruse


but

except

butt (noun/verb)

bottom; joke object; to ram


buy

purchase, acquire

by

near, next to

bye

short for goodbye


Misused Words

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