The confusion relates to spelling or meaning.
- taught / taut
- The word taught is the past tense of the verb to teach. It is also used as an adjective to mean instructed:
- The adjective tautmeans “pulled tight.”
- The English teacher taught us some new words today.
2. Use more weight to keep the line taut.
- titivate / titillate
- The verb titivate means “to spruce up, to make more attractive
- The verb titillate means “to excite the senses or imagination in an agreeable way.”
- We are sure to have something to titillate your taste buds.
- They titivate their short hair:
- tortuous / torturous
- The adjective tortuous means “full of twists; complex.”
- The adjective torturous means “full of pain or suffering.”
- The tortuous road we had to climb had a steep and narrow curve all the way to the top.
- The book prominently features a scene in which the heroes resort to torturous methods in order to extract vital, life-or-death information.
- tenant / tenet
- A tenant is someone who rents property.
- A tenet is a principle or belief.
- This course is designed to give the students an overview of the basic tenets of Christian Doctrine.
- It’s importantly to stay informed one’s rights as a tenant.
- than / then
- The word than is a conjunction used after a comparative adjective or adverb to introduce the second member of the comparison.
- The word then means at that time; at the time in question, is used to refer to a certain time in the past or future.
- She thinks her labrador is cleverer than my boxer.
- We didn’t have a liking for luxuries like fancy cars then.
- through / threw
- Through is a preposition used to convey the idea of entering the inside of something and coming out the other side.
- Threw is the past tense of the verb to throw.
- You will need to go through the tunnel to access this cache.
- He threw the ball over the fence.
- throws / throes
- Throws is the third person present singular of the verb to throw:
- Throws can also be the plural of the noun throw that refers to a light blanket:
- Throes is a noun that means “severe pains.” Figuratively, it can mean “difficult times.”
- He throws with his left arm.
- She keeps throws on all the couches and chairs.
- The Sinhas are in the throes of a divorce.
8. track / tract
- As a noun, track is a mark or series of marks left by the passage of something.”
- One meaning of the noun tract is “a book or written work treating of some particular topic.
- The evangelists passed out tracts on the subject of salvation.
- The Mountie caught the fugitive by following the track left in the snow.
- their / they / they’re
- their possessive form of “they”
- there in that place
- they’re contraction for “they are”
- The boys were very fond of their little sister.
- I advise you go there and try to resolve things before it’s too late.
- They’re writing down every suggestion.
- torpid / turgid
- torpid means benumbed or “devoid of the power or motion of feeling.”
- turgid means swollen, distended, puffed out.
- Even when he was awake he was completely
- His arm was turgid where the dog had bitten it.