To be a more proficient writer and proofreader, you will need to be able to identify words that sound alike or are spelled similarly.
Here are a few commonly misused words and their meanings.
Accept: to receive, to take
Except: exclude, omit
Advice: recommend, opinion
Advise: to counsel
Affect: to influence
Effect: an out come, the result of, or cause to happen
Assure: to make confident
Ensure: to make sure something happens
Insure: to buy insurance
Capital: seat of government body or wealth
Capitol: government building
Consul: foreign embassy official, diplomant
Council: assembly, governing body
Counsel: to give advice, guidance
Continual: action that occurs at frequent intervals
Continuous: action that occurs without pause
Further: refers to degree or extent
Farther: refers to physical distance
Than: after a comparison
Then: next, in that case
These are just a few words that you may stumble across in your daily business dealings. Check back for more helpful hints on a regular basis.