Hi there. Here I would like to highlight commonly misspelled words. I see these on a daily basis. Please contact us if you think that there are other words that should appear here.
Before we start, just to clarify, misspelled can also be spelled misspelt. The common UK spelling is misspelt whereas the US version tends to be misspelled.
The format here is:
- INCORRECT spelling = CORRECT spelling
Now for the words (this list will grow over time). Please click on the contact us link above of you would like to add a word.
- Disgarded = Discarded
- Upto = up to
- Mispelled = Misspelled
- Neccessary = Necessary (think one x c and two x s in most cases like this)
- Calender = Calendar
- Changable = Changeable
Spelling that Changes the Meaning of Words
Another commonly seen mistake in text is where words that sound the same, but are spelled differently can be confused. Here are some common ones:
Affect is a verb. Affect means something that has an effect on something else (notice effect there). An example sentence may be:
The pollen has an affect on my breathing due to exacerbation of hay fever.
The constant rain will affect my plans to go travelling next week.
Affect may also mean a change in emotion or to interact with feelings. An example sentence may be:
The divorce has affected the couple mentally.
The shock of seeing a car crash had an affect on the the witness.
Effect is a verb in come contexts and a noun in others. Normally effect is used as a noun. Effect means a result of or influence on (i.e. different to affect because affect is something effecting something else rather than the direct effect of…). Wow this is hard to try and explain, but I hope you’re still following! An example sentence may be:
The beneficial effects of the medicine may outweigh the risks.
The effect of the sun’s rays is well documented.
There is a word that has several meanings and uses. There can mean the location or position of something. There can also be used to identify a place, object or position. There can also be used in sympathy or to comfort someone. There can also be a pronoun to introduce something.
Example sentences for each meaning of ‘there’ respectively:
On holiday we had a hotel and stayed there for two weeks.
The cat is sat in the corner over there.
The pen is there. (often accompanied by a pointing action)
There there. I am sure that things will be ok in a few days.
There is a great sense of satisfaction when you have done work well.
There are many things for sale in the shop that has just opened.
Their means belonging to.
Their bike is much faster than mine.
Their hair is a lovely color.
They’re is where an apostrophe is used to replace missing letters when two words of they and are are amalgamated (joined together). An example sentence is:
They are always happy when reading articles on the Super Useful Stuff website.
When I see this one, I cringe. OK, in everyday speech many of us get lazy and drop letters here and there. This can be accepted as part of regional dialect and slang. However, in writing, please get this right!
Pacific = an ocean i.e. the massive expanse of water that take up approximately 1/3 of the world’s surface. An example sentence is:
When traveling to Asia, our ferry will sail across the Pacific Ocean.
Specific = When something is specified or clearly identified i.e. something in-particular (adjective). Specific can also be something that has a precise detail of action (noun). Example sentences may be:
That is the specific tool needed to complete the job.
That is the pen that I specifically asked for.
The medicine that has been prescribed specifically treats arthritis.
The medicine has specific properties that help reduce the symptoms.
The wing of a plane has a specific shape that cause maximum uplift and minimal drag.
Please use the contact us part of this website of you have any more commonly misspelled words or definitions that you think should be on this page (or any other).