Monday, August 11, 2014

Top 20 Commonly Misspelled Words in the English Language



Are you having problems spelling words? Misspelled words are a common problem in writing. Sometimes, people spell out words based on how they hear it. They syllabicate and write down how they hear it. Though this might seem to work on some words, but there are words that should be looked up in the dictionary for their correct spelling. Further, in taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, spelling is as important as knowing your vocabulary. Misspelled words are automatically wrong.

Here are twenty words commonly misspelled in the English language. Now, be sure to memorize how these words are spelled to avoid future mistakes.

1. ADDRRESS - ADDRESS

· to write on an envelope or package; to speak to a person or group; to use a specific name or title to people; used to describe the location of something like buildings or houses

Examples:

  • He wrote the address at the back of the parcel.
  • The president will be addressing the speech to the House of Representatives.

2. CEILEING - CEILING

· the inside surface at the top of a room

Examples:

  • A lizard fell from the ceiling.
  • The ceiling is covered with cobwebs.

3. SEPERATE - SEPARATE

· to stop being together; not joined or connected

Examples:

  • My parents separated when I was three.
  • We stayed in separate rooms while we were on a holiday.

4. QUESTIONAIRE - QUESTIONNAIRE

· a written set of questions that are given to people to collect facts

Examples:

  • Where are the questionnaires that I printed?
  • The questionnaire given was invalid and inaccurate.

5. CONSCIENSE - CONSCIENCE

· a feeling that something you have done is morally wrong

Examples:

  • The suspect surrendered because his conscience was bugging him.
  • Our conscience tells us whether we did the right thing or not.

6. REFERED - REFERRED

· to send something or someone to a particular person or place for treatment, advice or help, etc.

Examples:

  • I was referred by Dr. Kim to this clinic.
  • I do not think that the rules refer to the same rules as basketball.

7. ENTERPRENEUR - ENTREPRENEUR

· a person who starts a business

Examples:

  • Entrepreneurs need to understand that businesses do not gain high profits at early stage.
  • He wants to be an entrepreneur so he is studying business management.

8. OCCURENCE - OCCURRENCE

· The fact of happening or occurring

Examples:

  • The occurrence of the epidemic alarmed the local government.
  • With the occurrence of this problem, matters should be solved right away.

9. DEFENITELY - DEFINITELY

· clearly; without doubt

Examples:

  • He was definitely here when the murder happen.
  • Definitely, the children should be given more time playing outside.

10. EMBARAS - EMBARRASS

· to make someone feel confused or foolish in front of other people

Examples:

  • I was so embarrassed when I tripped in the mall.
  • Embarrassing someone does not make you a better person.

11. UNECESSARY - UNNECESSARY

· not needed or necessary

Examples:

  • The judges were giving unnecessary comments that made him uncomfortable.
  • It was unnecessary for you to pick us up at the airport.

12. ACCOMODATE - ACCOMMODATE

· to provide a place to stay and sleep for someone

Examples:

  • They were kind enough to accommodate us despite the storm.
  • The hotel cannot accommodate us so we needed to sleep on the street.

13. PARTICULARLLY - PARTICULARLY

· more than usually

Examples:

  • The guest complained particularly with the hotel’s food menu.
  • Particularly, the boys needed to fix their beds before leaving.

14. DILEMA - DILEMMA

· a situation in which you have to make a difficult choice

Examples:

  • The results were given; they were in a big dilemma.
  • We could have avoided this dilemma if we had not overlooked the minor details.

15. CONVEINIENCE - CONVENIENCE

· a quality or condition that makes something easy

Examples:

  • The convenience of having new technology makes life comfortable.
  • Smart phones bring convenience to anyone using it.

16. BEGINING - BEGINNING

· a starting point

Examples:

  • I really do not like her since the beginning of the semester.
  • In the beginning, there was nothing but vast darkness.

17. KNOWLEGE - KNOWLEDGE

· awareness of something; understanding or skill you get from an experience

Examples:

  • The job requires knowledge in French language.
  • Your knowledge needs updating.

18. MAINTAINANCE - MAINTENANCE

· the state of being maintained

Examples:

  • His medical maintenance cost the family an arm and a leg.
  • The air conditioner needs maintenance. It is not blowing any cold air.

19. FEIRY - FIERY

· having or showing a lot of strong and angry emotion; having or producing fire

Examples:

  • The boss is often described as egoistic and fiery.
  • We had to cross a fiery desert to retrieve the lost treasure.

20. JUDGELEMENT - JUDGMENT

· an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought

Examples:

  • He has good judgment on things and issues concerning his family.
  • The judgment has been given; he is not guilty.

Be careful with your spelling in the IELTS test. If you cannot remember how the word is spelled, think of its synonym or other expression that has the same meaning with it. Always play safe and be cautious in the IELTS test.

Source: http://oupeltglobalblog.com/2010/09/30/20-most-commonly-misspelt-words-in-english/ and http://grammar.about.com/od/words/a/misspelled200.htm

Definitions: Merriam-Webster mobile app and thefreedictionary.com

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