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Chapter 37. Homonyms > Commonly misused homonyms

Commonly misused homonyms

The following table contains some commonly misused homonyms. The first two columns contain the synonyms that are mistakenly interchanged. The third column provides a description of each word, and the fourth column offers examples.

Word Word Descriptions Examples
Affect Effect “Affect” is always a verb meaning “to influence.” Knowing the rules for grammar will affect your writing.
   “Effect” is a noun that means “the result of an action.” The professor questioned the effect of the math course.
Allusion Illusion An “allusion” is a reference to something in literature or to an important historical event. John was alluding to the prize he won last year.
   “Illusions” are false ideas or a misleading image. I was under the illusion that I would be given a bonus.



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