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Elusive Words

Some words are more difficult than others to spell and use correctly. The following list presents some words and word pairs that often cause a great deal of trouble.

Topicaffect / effect
Topicallude / elude
Topicanybody / any body
Topiccan / may
Topicdisinterested / uninterested
Topicprinciple / principal
Topicthat / which

The list of troublesome words is arguably the size of the English language itself! The inclusion of any particular words here must be arbitrary and limited. Please become familiar with the regular use of a good dictionary. Most style manuals contain discussions of 'elusive' words.