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    mix up, confuse, mistake

    Which of these sentences sounds most naturally?

    1 Don't mix up The Rolling Stones (British rock band) with The Rolling Stone (American magazine).
    2 Don't mix The Rolling Stones up with The Rolling Stone.
    3 Don't confuse The Rolling Stones with The Rolling Stone.
    4 Don't mistake The Rolling Stones for The Rolling Stone.

    How about 'to confund' and 'to muddle up'? Are they suitable in this example as well?

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    Re: mix up, confuse, mistake

    In your particular examples, I find the first two more natural than the second two. Incidentally, I think the name of the magazine is Rolling Stone Magazine - no ​The.

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    Re: mix up, confuse, mistake

    And "confound" and "muddle up" would be dead wrong.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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