32 Words That A Native English Speaker Shouldn't Mess Up

I have a German penpal who speaks English better than some of my American friends; therefore, here is a list of all the words you will no longer mix up. Inspired by @devoncotter
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    Accept and Except
    "Accept" is a verb meaning you will take something. "Except" means "besides".
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    Advice and Advise
    "Advice" is a noun referring to the counsel you give a person. "Advise" is the action of one giving someone that counsel. You advise your friend. The advice you gave me was touching.
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    Affect and Effect
    "Affect" and "effect" are both verbs and nouns. Effect as a noun means "the result of a cause" and as a verb means "to cause something to happen". "Affect" as a noun means "emotion or desire" or "observed emotional response", and as a verb means "to make a difference to". The performance affected him. The emotional affect was breathtaking. The effect of drugs is deadly. She effected a change. @mbmurray23 @joelscorp
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    Allusion and Illusion
    "Allusion" is a noun referring to when a form of media references another form of media. "Illusion" is a noun meaning "deceptive appearance".
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    Aloud and Allowed
    "Aloud" is an adverb referring to how a person is speaking. "Allowed" refers to if you are "permitted" to do something.
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    Amoral and Immoral
    "Amoral" means you have no moral judgments. "Immoral" means you have wrong moral judgments. So if you're trying to say you're a horrible person, go for "immoral". "Amoral" people are neither bad nor good.
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    Apart and a Part
    "A Part" is the noun "part" with the article "a" before it. Treat it like the noun "part" which means a piece of something. "Apart", on the other hand, is an adverb describing that something is separated. They live apart. I would like a part of that money. @beatlesmccuen
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    Breath and Breathe
    "Breath" is a noun. "Breathe" is a verb. You breathe, and you take a breath.
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    Capitol and Capital
    "Capitol" when capitalized means the United States Capitol, if not capitalized it means a building where legislature meets. "Capital" is a state's primary city. @pedson
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    Collage and College
    "Collage" is a technique of art. "College" is a place for continued schooling after high school.
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    Could Care Less and Could Not Care Less
    "Could care less" shows that you can, in fact, care less. So if you're looking for a way to say how much you don't care, remember to include the "not".
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    Council and Counsel
    A "council" is a noun referring to a group of advisors. "Counsel" is a noun or verb referring to advice itself. My council gave me counsel. I counseled her.
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    e.g. and i.e.
    "e.g." means for example. I went to the store and bought necessities, e.g., milk, bread, and cereal. "i.e." means "that is". During that week, I watched all of my favorite movies, i.e., Roman Holiday, Forrest Gump, and Napoleon Dynamite. If you had put "e.g." in that sentence, you would have been giving a few examples of your favorite movies. But "i.e." clarifies that these are all of your favorite movies.
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    Emigrant and Immigrant
    "Emigrant" is someone that is traveling out of the country. "Immigrant" is someone that is traveling into the country. Think of it as an "import" and an "export".
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    Everyday and Every Day
    I thought I was done with this list, but I found myself confused over "everyday" and "every day" so I had to add it. "Everyday" is an adjective describing that something happens daily. My everyday commute is very long. "Every day", on the other hand, functions as an adverb. I wore those jeans every day this week. Just remember, "everyday" modifies a noun, and "every day" modifies a verb.
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    Farther and Further
    "Farther" refers to physical distance, whereas "further" refers to figurative and metaphorical distance. How much farther? If you complain further, I will turn the car around.
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    Fewer and Less
    "Fewer" is for things you can count. "Less" is for things you can't count. There is less water in this lake. There are fewer pencils in my desk. You can't count water, but you can count pencils. @kateofcanada @dubstep
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    Incredible and Incredulous
    "Incredible" means everything you think it does, e.g., extraordinary, unbelievable, magnificent, etc. "Incredulous", on the other hand, is not a synonym. It means "skeptical" and "dubious", so don't make the mistake of thinking it means "incredible" just because they sound similar.
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    Irregardless and Regardless
    "Irregardless" is a double negative. Just don't use it.
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    Its and It's
    "Its" is the possessive form of it. The company provides healthcare to all of its employees. "It's" is a contraction for "it is". It's really cold in here. @joelscorp
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    Passed and Past
    The "past" is a noun referring to something that happened before now. "Passed" is the past tense of the verb "pass". Time passed slowly. The past repeats itself.
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    Peek, Pique, and Peak
    These are all different words with different definitions. They may be homophones, but they are not the same. "Peek" is a verb meaning "to look". "Pique" is a verb meaning "to stimulate". And "peak" is a noun meaning "the top of a mountain".
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    Phase and Faze
    "Phase" is a noun meaning "a period of time". "Faze" is a verb meaning "to disturb".
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    Real and Really
    "Real" is an adjective, and "really" is an adverb!!! You cannot use "real" to describe a verb! The real boy was really nice. Real is describing the boy, and really is describing how nice he was. The book wasn't "real" good, it was "really" good.
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    Specific and Pacific
    I understand that sometimes this is just a speech error, but for some reason, people have actually begun to believe these two are interchangeable. "Specific" is the adjective meaning "defined". "Pacific" means "relating to the Pacific Ocean".
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    Supposedly and Supposably
    Made famous by Friends, it will surprise you to know that supposably is, in fact, a word. But not correct in the way you're using it. "Supposedly" is an adverb meaning "likely to be true"; whereas, "supposably" means "can be supposed", so honestly, just don't use it.
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    Than and Then
    "Than" is comparing two or more things. "Then" is a transition. They may sound similar, but they are not the same.
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    They're, Their, and There
    These are mixed up way too often. "They're" is a contraction meaning "they are". They're super nice to me. "Their" is possessive. Those are their clothes. And "there" refers to a place or a distance. I live there.
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    Til and Till
    "Til" is a shortening of "until", but only accepted when there is an apostrophe before til, 'til. "Till" is a verb meaning "to cultivate", so unless you're a farmer, I'd advise against using this word. @n0tthatj0rrah
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    To, Too, and Two
    Although taught in elementary school, people still succeed in screwing this up. "To" is a preposition meaning "toward", "too" means "also", and "two" is the written out word for our number 2. Come on guys, don't mess this up.
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    Uninterested and Disinterested
    "Uninterested" is an adjective meaning you are not interested in something at all and don't want to learn more. "Disinterested" is an adjective meaning "impartial" and "unbiased". These two are very close, and even I admit to have mixed these two up. @jennyanydots
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    Your and You're
    "Your" is possessive. That is your bag. "You're" is a contraction for "you are". You're swell!