Words Often Confused—S

Pairs/sets of words often confused, beginning with the letter S

sac  —  sack

safe  —  safe

salon  —  saloon

saw  —  saw

say  —  tell

scale  —  scale  —  scale

sceptic  —  septic

scrap   —  scrape

scrub   —  scrub

scull  —  skull

sea  —  see

seal  —  seal

seam  —  seem

season  —  season

seasonable  —  seasonal

second  —  second

secret  —  secrete

seed  —  cede

seen  —  scene

segregation  —  apartheid  —  separation

seize  —  siege

sensible  —  sensitive

sent  —  scent

sew  —  sow  —  sow

sewage  —  sewerage

sextant  —  sexton

shade  —  shadow

shear   —  sheer

shoot  —  shoot

shore   —  coast  —  seaside    —  beach

shore   —  shore

signet  —  cygnet

site  —  sight — cite

slander  —  scandal  —  slender

slave  —  Slav

slay  —  sleigh

slew  —  slew

slide  —  slide  —  slide

slight   —  sleight (of hand)

slot  —  slit

slough  —  slough

slow  —  sloe

smart  —  smart

smelt  —  smelt  —  smelt

smile  —  simile

smitten  —  smitten

snuff  —  sniff

soar  —  sore  —  sour

sock  —  sock

soil  —  soil

sole  —  sole  —  sole  —  soul

solution  —  solution

sort  —  sort

spacious  —  specious

spar  —  spare

speculator  —  spectator

spell —  spell  —  spill

spice  —  spies

spirit  —  spirit  —  spirit

spoil  —  spoil

spoke  —  spoke

sprain  —  strain

spring  —  spring  —  spring  —  spring

sprinkle  —  spray

stable  —  stable

staff  —  staff

stair  —  stare

stake  —  stake  —  steak

stamp  —  stamp

staple  —  staple

state  —  state  —  State

stationary  —  stationery

statue  —  statute

status  —  stature

stay  —  live

steal  —  steel

step  —  steppe

stern  —  stern

stick  —  stick  —  stick

still  —  already  —  yet

stimulant  —  stimulus

stimulate  —  simulate

stole  —  stole

stool  —  stool

storey  —  story

stoup   —  stoop

straight  — strait

strap  —  strop

strategy  —  tactic

struck  —  stuck

strip  —  stripe

structure  —  stricture

struggle  —  straggle

strut  —  strut

sty  —  stye (also sty)

style  —  stile

subconscious  —  unconscious

subject  —  subject  —  citizen

subjective  —  subjunctive

subtract  —  deduct

suck  —  suckle

sucker  —  succour

suit  —  suit  —  suite

summon  —  summons

super   —  supper

superficial  —  superfluous

surly  —  surely

surrendered  —  surrounded

survivor  —  surveyor

swallow  —  swallow

swill  —  swell

swindle  —  fraud

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