There are several instances where even the most competent writer may have to stop and think about his/her choice of words. There are a number of words in English, which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. There are also many words, which are very similar and easily confused. This next section looks at some of these words and explains when they should be used. You can either work your way through them all in turn, or you can go straight to the words that are giving you problems.