It's easy to get confused and use one word when you really should be using a different word. You may spell the word correctly; but, unfortunately, when you use the wrong word you are not saying what you think you're saying.
This slideshow highlights some of the most commonly misused words. Scan through...you may find that you have been unknowingly using the wrong word all along!
To help you see the difference between each of the words, the YourDictionary editors have included the part of speech, the definitions and a sentence using each of the words.
If you need more info on any of the words, just click on the link to the word for a full review of all definitions for the word.
Example: The poor condition of the roof will affect the value of the house.
Effect is a noun that means an event or result.
Example: The barking dog had an effect on the silence of the neighborhood.
For more information on how and when to use affect and effect, check out the YourDictionary article "Affect vs. Effect Grammar Rules."
Example: The principal of the school helped the student at the blackboard.
Principal is an adjective that means the main person or part.
Example: The principal ingredient in peanut butter is peanuts.
Principle is a noun that means a basic truth or the source or origin of something.
Example: The boy learned that "We the people" was the beginning of the United States Consitution, a principle document of America's fundamentals.
Example: There was a steep descent back to the prior sales level.
Dissent is a verb that means to disagree or oppose.
Example: After much dissent, the boss fired the employee.
Dissent is a noun that means a disagreement.
Example: There was a lot of dissent between the boss and the employee.
Reason: "Less" at the end of the word means "without;" so, there is no need to add "ir" at the beginning of the word to mean "without."
Regardless is an adverb that means something is not dependent on circumstances, facts or other statements.
Example: She is going to the party regardless of the weather.
Example: He paid her a compliment.
Compliment is a verb that means to give praise.
Example: He let her a "Good Job" note on her desk to compliment her on her recent project.
Complement is a noun that means something that completes.
Example: The shoes were a great way to complement the outfit.
Complement is a verb that means to make something complete.
Example: She chose red shoes to complement the outfit.