Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

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facts

objective data

fax

short for facsimile; technology that sends images by phone


faint

to go unconscious

feint

pretense


fair (adjective, noun)

impartial; an exhibition

fare

payment or expense for travel


fairy

imaginary being possessing magical powers

ferry

type of boat


farther

refers to physical distance only

Example: We had to walk farther than the map indicated.

further (adverb, adj.)

refers to physical distance like farther; moreover; in addition; to a greater extent

Examples: We need to discuss this further.
                     Nothing could be further from the truth.

                     We had to walk further.

further (verb)

To help forward, advance, or promote a work, undertaking, cause, etc.

Example: Elisa had more desire to further her own interests than to further the mission of the organization.


faux

fake, imitation

foe

enemy, opponent


faze

to perturb or fluster

phase

a period or situation


feat

an extraordinary act or accomplishment

feet

twelve-inch increments; appendages at end of legs


feted

celebrated, honored

fetid

noxious, gross


fewer

refers to a number that can be counted

Example: Fewer days off.

less

refers to an uncountable amount

Example: Less rain, less fear.

under

used for direction

Example: Under the mattress, not under $100.


find

discover

fined

penalized


fir

type of tree

fur

hairy coat of an animal


flair

style

flare

erupt


flea

insect

flee

to run away


flew

past tense of fly, to have moved through the air with wings

flu

a virus

flue

part of a chimney


floe

sheet of floating ice

flow

pour, proceed, spew


flour

grain

flower

the bloom of a plant


for

preposition

fore

ahead

four

the number after three


forego

to go in front of, precede

forgo

to do without


foreword

introduction to a book written by someone other than the author

forward

opposite of backward


fort

a military fortification

forte

someone’s strong point, talent


forth

forward

fourth

number after third


foul

offensive, disgusting

fowl

certain birds


frees

releases

freeze

to make cold

frieze

a decorative band on the wall


further

(see farther)


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