Affect ~ A verb: “The cold weather really affects me.”
Effect ~ A noun: “Dry coughs are one effect of cold weather .”
Ensure – To make sure, like a guarantee
Insure – Always used as insurance => The policy you pay for but may never use.
Hone ~ Always a verb: What we do to knives & sharp edges to make them sharper.
Home ~ Sometimes a verb or a noun:
Home in on is how we get closer to something, (“She’s homing in on the answer.”),
while Home is also where the heart is
Farther ~ A physical distance.
Further ~ Additionally, everything else.
Accept ~ To receive or agree with
Except ~ To exclude
and my personal favorite:
Number – Things that can be counted or was counted
Amount – A quantity of something that can’t be counted or wasn’t counted.
“The number of Yucalandia readers has increased each & every year for the last 9 years.”
“Colin drank a staggering amount of alcohol.”
and yes, there’s always there, their & they’re … to, two & too … then & than … Your, yore & you’re …
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© Steven M. Fry