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Commonly Confused Words

Count On - Depend - Believe



Count, depend & believe are three words that are closely related in there meaning,and can be confusing.

Count on – is to be able to rely or depend on someone or something – to know something is always going to happen

  • I can always count on the dogs barking next door.
  • We can depend on the bus being late.
  • The girls can always depend on their parents to help.

Depend – to rely on/ help and/or support for someone or something – to trust someone or something

  • I depend on my parents for money.
  • We can not depend on the buses to come on time.
  • My sister knows she can always depend on me.

Believe – to know something is true without any proof or evidence that it is true – to feel something is true because your heart tells you so

  • My teacher doesn't believe me, when I told her that my dog ate my homework.
  • Do you believe in ghosts?
  • I do not believe the lies some people tell.

There are some cases where the words are interchangeable (it does not matter which word you choose, but there are case where it does matter which word you choose). It is important you know the meanings of the words, so you can choose the correct word.


Cry & Tear

Change & Charge

Cold & Freezing

Cook & Cooker

Close & Closed

Cheap & Inexpensive

Cord & Chord

Believe - Cord - Depend

Can & May

Could & Should

Dairy & Diary

Dairy & Diary Quiz

Defriend & Unfriend

Despite & In sprite Of

Do & Make

Do & Make - Quiz

Discover & Figure Out

Dull & Boring

More Confusing Words

Confusing Words With A

Confusing Words With B

Confusing Words With C - D

Confusing Words With E - F - G

Confusing Words With H - I

Confusing Words With J - K - L - M - N - O

Confusing Words With P - Q - R

Confusing Words With S

Confusing Words With T

Confusing Words With T