16. Capitol and Capital
Congress meets in the United States Capitol, one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, which is located in the United States capital, Washington, D.C. — and people often mix up the two.
17. Cite, Sight and Site
These three words are pronounced the same way but should be cited differently. Cite means quote or refer to; sight means vision or view; and site means place or location, and is also short for website.
18. Compliment and Complement
Compliment is a verb and noun meaning praise. Complement means goes well with. “My compliments to the chef. The eggs complement the bacon.
19. Comprise and Compose
These two words have different meanings depending on whether you are talking about the whole or the parts: “The pizza is composed of dough and cheese and comprises eight slices.” (Some people say “comprised of,” although the “of” is redundant.
20. Continual and Continuous
These words look very similar and are used interchangeably, but there’s an important difference — continual means with interruptions, continuous means without interruptions.