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1.   accept,  except.    Accept is a verb : except is a preposition
      They accepted my invitation.
      Everyone attended the meeting except the secretary.
2.   advice,  advise.   Advice is a noun; advise is a verb.
      His advice was useful.
      I was advised to purchase a more economical car.
3.   affect,  effect.   Affect is a verb; it means " to influence."   Effect may be a verb or a noun. The verb effect means " to cause to happen "; the noun effect means " the result."
      Pollution affects everyone.
      Your tears do not affect me.
      Your tears have no effect upon me.
      Doctors have effected a cure for polio.
      The effect of drugs is well known.

almost,  most.   Most is used to form the superlative; it is used to modify nouns.  Almost is an adverb.


  Most people are honest.


  He is the most unusual person I have ever met.


  Almost everyone has a desire to succeed.


  Almost all of the food was eaten.


already,  all ready.   Already means " before the time specified. "   All ready means " completely prepared."


  The movie had already begun by the time we arrived.


  The members were all ready to hear the report.


altogether, all together.  Altogether means " thoroughly."   All together means " in a group."


  The thought of a third world war is altogether frightening.


  The children were all together on the bus.


amount,  number.  Use amount to refer to thing sin bulk or mass; number refers to the countable.

    Wrong :

I was amazed by the amount of people present.

    Right :

I was amazed by the number of people present.

    Right :

The amount of money needed was soon collect.


and which,  which

    Wrong : I found a lost dog and which needs a good home.
    Right : I found a lost dog which needs a good home.
    Wrong : My father is a good man and whom we all love deeply.
    Right : My father is a good man whom we all love deeply and whom we admire.

anywheres,  anywhere   Anywheres is very informal

    Wrong :

We can talk anywheres.

    Right :

We can talk anywhere.

10.   around    
    Wrong : He arrived around ten o'clock.
    Right : He arrived about ten o'clock.

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