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Difference Between Access and Excess

There are many words in the English Language with similar spelling (or) pronunciation but having different meanings.

Here, access and excess form a pair of Confusing Words. Let’s move on to find out the difference between the two.

Meaning of Access

the right to enter (or) admit into a place

the operation of reading and writing information

Meaning of Excess

the quantity which is more than needed

the state of being more than full

For Example:

  1. Glinda is trying to lose her excess weight.
    She has access to the best gym in her city.
  2. Excess of everything is bad.
    Access to knowledge is the best.
  3. Distribute the excess cheese to the needy.
    Because they don’t have access to a balanced diet.


Learning English is full of confusion. As you study, You will come across many such differences.

I believe the above explanation helped you understand the difference between the two words perfectly well. Keep Learning!!

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