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COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH
Common Mistakes Words
Accept and Except
Adapt and Adopt
Adverse and Averse
Advice and Advise
Aesthetic and Ascetic
Allusion and Illusion
Anecdote and Antidote
Beside and Besides
Bought and Brought
Born and Borne
Brake and Break
Can and May
Compliment and Complement
Could, Would and Should
Cereal and Serial
Coma and Comma
Dairy and Diary
Do and Make
Desert and Dessert
Do and Does
Each and Every
Effect and Affect
Either and Neither
   
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  COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH  
Common Mistakes / Confused Words
  Could, Would and Should
The words ‘Would’, ‘should’ and ‘could’ are auxiliary verbs, meaning that their function is to assist main verbs. They can be defined as the past tenses respectively of will, shall and can, but each has many uses that sometimes even express the present tense. It is important to be able to differentiate between the three so as not to use them incorrectly.
 
Could : used to denote permission or to ask questions or to express tentativeness or politeness.
Would : used to make polite requests or to explain an outcome to a hypothetical situation.
Should : used to show obligation or to express a hypothetical situation.
 
Examples with 'could'
  As the past tense of can:
There was a time when I could run a mile without breaking a sweat.
  To ask questions:
Could I submit my project now?
  To show possibility:
You could do a lot better.
  To express tentativeness or politeness:
I could be wrong.
Examples with 'would'
  To ask questions:
How would she go there?
What would he do?
Would you like to see the doctor?
  To make polite requests:
I would like more ice-cream, please.
  To show a different response:
I would have done something if I had known you were in trouble.
  To explain an outcome to a hypothetical situation:
Were I to win a million dollars, I would go on a world tour.
  To show habitual past action:
The dog would howl whenever its master would leave it alone at home.
  To show preference between two choices:
I would rather accept my mistake than lie and escape it.
  To show intention:
Smit said he would do it.
Examples with 'should'
  To ask questions:
Should I submit my project now?
  To show obligation:
You should brush your teeth twice a day.
  To express a hypothetical situation:
Should you wish to do so, you may.
  To express what is likely:
If you take the right path, you should be there in two hours.

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Letter - A
Accept and Except Adapt and Adopt Adverse and Averse
Advice and Advise Aesthetic and Ascetic Allusion and Illusion
Anecdote and Antidote    
Letter - B
Beside and Besides Bought and Brought Born and Borne
Brake and Break    
Letter - C
Can and May Compliment and Complement Could, Would and Should
Cereal and Serial Coma and Comma  
Letter - D
Dairy and Diary Do and Make Desert and Dessert
Do and Does    
Letter - E
Each and Every Effect and Affect Either and Neither
Elicit and Illicit Effective and Efficient  
Letter - H
Have and Has Hear and Listen  
Letter - I
I and Me It's and Its Idle and Idol
In and Inside Irrelevant and Irreverent  
Letter - L
Loose and Lose    
Letter - M
Much and Many Marital and Martial  
Letter - O
Of and Off    
Letter - P
Principle and Principal Plain and Plane Pray and Prey
Letter - S
See and Watch Since and For So and Such
Some and Any Stationery and Stationary Suit and Suite
Letter - T
Then and Than There, Their and They're Threw and Through
Till and Until To, Too and Two Tell and Say
Tire and Tyre    
Letter - W
Was and Were When and If Where, Were and Wear
Who and Whom Wait and Weight Wave and Waive
Which and Who Will and Going to  
Letter - y
Your and You're