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- Oxford Dictionary of English (U.S.) (Please use this dictionary to resolve questions of usage, spelling, and capitalization.)
- Common Errors in English Usage (by Paul Brian -- an excellent compendium of errors of usage)
- Twelve Common Errors (UW-Madison Writing Center
- Commonly Confused Words (University of Richmond Writing Center)
- Commonly Confused Words (Oxford Dictionaries)