It’s easy to be baffled by the English language. There are so many words that have doppelgangers to trip you up. Test your knowledge with the following sentences (answers below).

  1. (There, Their, They’re) are so many different books for students to choose from that (there, their, they’re) becoming frustrated by all of (there, their, they’re) options.
  2. (You’re, Your) making great headway with (you’re, your) memoir!
  3. The novel (peaked, peeked, piqued) Jill’s curiosity to such an extent that she (peaked, peeked, piqued) at the last chapter to see if the explorers reached the mountain (peak, peek, pique).
  4. I don’t know (weather, whether) you should mention the (weather, whether) in your opening sentence.
  5. (Every day, Everyday) that passes is an opportunity to improve your (every day, everyday) writing skills.
  6. I (accept, except) all of your plot points as believable (accept, except) your decision to have your main character become a vampire on the final page.
  7. It was a (capitol, capital) idea to have the climax of your political thriller occur on the (capitol’s, capital’s) steps.
  8. When reading through your autobiography, I was greatly (effected, affected) by your detailed account of the heartrending (effect, affect) losing your mother had on you.
  9. I would (alter, altar) the ending so that John doesn’t leave Jane standing at the (alter, altar).
  10. (Further, Farther), I would like to know how much (further, farther) your characters have to journey before they have completed their quest.

Don't peak . . . er, I mean peek!

  1. There are so many different books for students to choose from that they’re becoming frustrated by all of their options.
  2. You’re making great headway with your memoir!
  3. The novel piqued Jill’s curiosity to such an extent that she peeked at the last chapter to see if the explorers reached the mountain peak.
  4. I don’t know whether you should mention the weather in your opening sentence.
  5. Every day that passes is an opportunity to improve your everyday writing skills.
  6. I accept all of your plot points as believable except your decision to have your main character become a vampire on the final page.
  7. It was a capital idea to have the climax of your political thriller occur on the capitol’s steps.
  8. When reading through your autobiography, I was greatly affected by your detailed account of the heartrending effect losing your mother had on you.
  9. I would alter the ending so that John doesn’t leave Jane standing at the altar.
  10. Further, I would like to know how much farther your characters have to journey before they have completed their quest.

What words give you trouble? Please leave a comment!