Spelling, Vocabulary, and Confusing Words

Letter A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z


dam

a barrier obstructing the flow of liquid

damn

a swear word or curse


dammed

blocked from flowing

damned

doomed


days

twenty-four-hour periods of time

daze

to stun or overwhelm


dear

affectionate term

deer

the animal


denote

(see connote)


desert (noun, verb)

a desolate area; to abandon

dessert

extra s for sugary treat


desperate

lost all hope, in despair

disparate

entirely dissimilar


device (noun)

an invention

devise (verb)

to invent


dew

condensation in the morning

do

to take action

due

owed by a certain date


die

to cease to live; the singular of dice

dye

to stain or color using an agent


different from
vs.
different than
vs.
differently than

Rule. Use different from not different than.

Example: The weather was different from what we expected.

You may use differently than when a clause precedes and follows the expression.

Example: He works differently than she does.


discreet

careful, confidential

discrete

individual, distinct


discussed

talked over

disgust

repulsion


does

female deer (plural) (pronounced like hose)

does

a form of to do (pronounced like fuzz)


doughs

unbaked loaves of bread

doze

to sleep


dual

two-fold

duel

fight


Misused Words

Letter A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z