Commonly Misspelled Words

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There are a great number of rules that apply to the correct spelling of words in American English. There are also a great number of words whose spelling does not conform to the rules. It is not surprising that correct spelling is difficult for many students.

Here are some of the words that are most commonly misspelled. For each word there is the most common misspelling of the word. You may find that you use some of these misspellings in your writing. For each word there is also a clue that will help you spell the work correctly.


Word

Common Misspelling

Clue

acquire

aquire

Don’t forget the c after the first letter.

argument

arguement

There is no e after the u.

basically

basicly

Ends with ally.

bizarre

bizzare

There is only one z, but a double r.

committee

commitee

There are 3 double letters; m, t, e.

definitely

definately

It is ite, not ate.

familiar

familar

It ends with iar not ar.

forty

fourty

There is no u here.

forward

foward

Don’t forget that first r.

friend

freind

Put the i before the e.

gist

jist

It begins with a g, not a j.

government

goverment

There is a n before the m.

grammar

grammer

Ends with ar, not er.

inoculate

innoculate

There is only one n here.

interrupt

interupt

Remember to double that r.

knowledge

knowlege

Don’t forget the d.

liaison

liason

Remember there is an iboth before and after the a.

occasion

occassion

There is a double c, but just one s.

occurrence

occurence

There is a double c and a double r.

pavilion

pavillion

No, there is no double l here.

persistent

persistant

That’s ent, not ant at the end.

possession

posession

There are a whole bunch of s’s, four to be exact.

sense

sence

It ends with se, not ce.

separate

seperate

Remember there is par in the middle, not per.

supersede

supercede

That’s a s after super, not a c.

surprise

surprize

There is a s before the last letter, not a z.

threshold

threshhold

There is only one h in the middle.

truly

truely

There is no e here.

unforeseen

unforseen

Don’t forget the e after for.

which

wich

Remember to put an h after the w.

This list is just a sample of the many words that are commonly misspelled. When you find yourself misspelling a word, come up with a clue to help you remember the correct spelling of the word.


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