Even if English is your first language, there are some confusing words that defy spell-check and cost you essay marks. I can only imagine how irritating and confusing these tricky pairs or triplets must be for someone who is writing in English as a second language.
Here is a list of words and examples of their uses that the adults in my ESL writing classes have found useful:
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