Another Way to Practice Typing - Pairs of Words

Practice typing pairs of words is very important to you. If the wrong word is chosen it will change the meaning of the sentence and this can be embarrassing to you the typist.

To make the right choice use a dictionary. It can be your lifeline. It should never be far away from you. Looking up the meaning of the words will help you to make the right decision.

Listed below are some pairs that can sometimes confuse you as to which is the right one to choose.


1. accept

to receive, to believe, to take responsibility

2. except

to exclude, to leave out

3. advice

opinion given or offered

4. advise

to give an opinion, to recommend

5. biannual

twice a year

6. biennial

every two years

7. check

to test for accuracy

8. cheque

a bank draft or bill


9. complement

that which completes

10. compliment

praise, commendation

11. continual

every frequent

12. continuous

unbroken, without stopping

13. council

advisory

14. counsel

advice, opinion

15. dependant

someone who depends on another

16. dependent

depending on, subordinate to


17. eligible

fit to be chosen

18. illegible

incapable of being read

19. especial

exceptional

20. special

particular, beyond the usual

21. expand

to develop

22. expend

to use up, to spend money

23. illicit

not permitted


24. elicit

to extract, to draw out

25. meter

instrument for recording, measuring

26. metre

verse, rhythm, unit of length

27. personal

one's own, private, individual

28. personnel

staff or employees of a company

29. practice

performance, customary

30. practise

to put into action

31. principal

first in rank or importance, sum of

32. principle

fundamental truth

33. stationary

standing in one place

34. stationery

writing materials


You can also click the link below to make sure your words are spelt correctly before printing.

When in doubt you should always look up the word. When more than one meaning is given for a word take care to select the meaning which fits the sense. 

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