TOEIC Confusing Word Pairs

Here are some of the most commonly confused English word pairs. By reading through the examples of each word, you will be able to recognise them and distinguish between their meanings in sentences. Try testing yourself at the end with our quiz!

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beside / besides

beside: preposition meaning ‘next to’, ‘at the side of’

Examples:

I sit beside John in class.
Could you get me that book? It’s beside the lamp.

besides: adverb meaning ‘also’, ‘as well’; preposition meaning ‘in addition to’

Examples:

(adverb) He’s responsible for sales, and a lot more besides.
(preposition) Besides tennis, I play soccer and basketball.

clothes / cloths

clothes: something you wear – jeans, shirts, blouses, etc.

Examples:

Just a moment, let me change my clothes.
Tom, get your clothes on!

cloths: pieces of material used for cleaning or other purposes.

Examples:

There are some cloths in the closet. Use those to clean the kitchen.
I have a few pieces of cloth that I use.

dead / died

dead: adjective meaning ‘not alive’

Examples:

Unfortunately, our dog has been dead for a few months.
Don’t touch that bird. It’s dead.

died: past tense and past participle of the verb ‘to die’

Examples:

His grandfather died two years ago.
A number of people have died in the accident.



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