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Commonly Confused Words

Similar & Alike

Similar – means that two or more things or people are not identical (exactly the same), but are almost the same

  • My sister & I look similar, but she is taller than me.
  • Our cars are very similar, but they are not the same model and year.
  • I live in a house that is similar to my brothers house.
  • All the houses on the block look similar.

Alike – means that two or more things are identical or almost identical (exactly the same)

  • Our cars are exactly alike, we bought the same model.
  • My brothers dress alike.
  • The girls bought two phones that look alike.
  • All the houses on the block look alike.

Speak & Talk

Say & Tell

Scared - Afraid - Frighten

See & Look & Watch

Should & Shall

Should & Could

Sick & Ill

Similar & Alike

So & Because

So & Too

Stationary & Stationery

Start & Begin

Story & History

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