The English language is a mystery, a mystery that language and grammar Nazis love dwelling over while some others face a constant battle on a daily basis. Whether you are a native English speaker or not, there will be several instances when you are left feeling like you don’t yet quite have a grip on the language you’ve been speaking since the first day you could communicate.

Lose being one of them. You might not have realized it yet, but there are actually two spellings for the same sounding word – lose and loose. So while you might lose your glasses, your t-shirt is too loose fitting for you. The greatest confusion in the English language comes from a similar problem that arises when two words sound the same when you say it but spelt differently and might mean entirely different things. Another one to think about would be reign, which means to rule over while rain very simply refers to what clouds discharge when they crash against one another.

Then, of course, there is the volley of other such misused words like than and then; than is used as a degree of comparison while then implies time. The following is an infographic of the twelve such misused English words that could help you navigate the language better.

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