Commonly Misspelled Words

Last updated: May 10, 2017 at 15:57 pmspelling photo

English spelling is neither simple nor straightforward. We write “come” but “hum”. Sometimes, we can get confused as to whether we need a single or a double consonant, because no fixed rule seems to govern them. Then there’s the problem of silent letters and words borrowed from foreign language. Yes, English spelling demands that you mind your Ps and Qs.

Here’s a list of the most commonly misspelled words in the English Language. It is recommended that you master these words by heart in order to avoid the potential stumbling blocks to your ink-on-paper flow.

its

it’s

off

of

know

holiday

planned

mine

mind

week

weak

crystal

until

all right

whose

lightning

lighting

were

where

their

there

they’re

can’t

doesn’t

too

root

route

siege

seize

cafeteria

sincerely

new

knew

swimming

coming

beginning

hoping

hopping

dining

dinning

minutes

across

truly

women

I’ll

aisle

let’s

don’t

aren’t

collegiate

everybody

fourth

forty

ninety

ninth

nineteen

interest

which

sandwich

then

than

goodbye

I’m

doctor

though

thought

theirs

coming

surprise

lose

loose

government

he’s

month

parliament

built

applied

hungry

here

hear

beach

while

wheel

friend

skiing

exhibition

develop

postpone

convenience

who’s

freight

mischievous

icy

Britain

passed

past

whether

choose

chosen

lead

led

prairie

practise

practice

rhubarb

gymnasium

wholly

drowned

likelihood

livelihood

coarse

course

judgment

foreign

forfeit

behavior

tomato

hygiene

sufficient

automobile

remember

child’s

children’s

man’s

men’s

woman’s

women’s

lady’s

ladies’

city’s

cities’

people’s

country’s

countries’

valley’s

valleys’

desert

dessert

Indian

captain

moccasin

tobacco

arithmetic

hearth

accept

decent

descent

changeable

breath

breathe

benefited

believe

writing

written

February

recommend

quiet

quit

quite

parallel

install

grammar

literature

disappear

disappoint

dissatisfy

fierce

neither

piece

peace

schedule

stomach

similar

familiar

waste

waist

shiny

proceed

bicycle

biscuit

chief

college

ledge

legible

colonel

corps

canvas

calendar

criticize

conscience

accommodate

commission

cough

angel

angle

chance

already

watch

all ready

already

altogether

bazaar

been

wharf

beautiful

plentiful

cement

fidget

warehouse

conceit

leisure

seems

busy

carriage

chamois

chauffeur

maritime

comparative

permissible

consistent

definite

despair

destroy

rhythm

vegetable

vaccinate

vacuum

therefore

forward

torture

pursuit

serge

surge

necessary

length

height

eighth

island

mortgage

scheme

strategy

tragedy

site

does

lieutenant

license

exercise

indelible

initial

bologna

banana

misspell

facsimile

luscious

curable

excitable

serviceable

accept

except

motor

mortar

mortal

morsel

hundred

speak

speech

gauge

gauze

guarantee

counterfeit

council

counsel

dying

dyeing

mileage

hoeing

pierce

business

hoard

horde

sausage

lesson

lessen

any

prophesy

prophecy

profit

cemetery

ceiling

verandah

wrestle

timing

wrapped

majestic

lath

lathe

cease

genuine

stationery

stationary

drought

draught

ought

affairs

cereal

serial

noiseless

wrought

rotten

advertisement

chaos

disastrous

boundary

foundry

Nanaimo

Chatham

Sault Ste. Marie

Weyburn

Belleville

Port Colborne

Cobourg

Levis

Orillia

Amherst

Guelph

Kitchen

Timmins

Thorold

Kelowna

Vancouver

New Westminster

Edmonton

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon

Winnipeg

Montreal

St.Hyacinthe

Moncton

Fredericton

Regina

Carlottetown

Sydney

St. John’s

Labrador

carpenter

liniment

racket

referee

raspberry

collar

electrician

magnificent

legend

myth

summary

passenger

recreation

center

center

area

tariff

by-law

valuable

perform

planning

preferred

preference

accidentally

wooden

woolen

threw

maintenance

enamel

program

through

daily

gaily

sanitary

yacht

laboratory

scorched

laundry

committed

admittance

superintendent

thermometer

annual

switchboard

catalogue

crescent

antique

acquire

automatically

sewer

temperature

welfare

assistants

assistance

principal

principle

emergency

approximately

nutritious

fixture

hydrant

garage

minimum

grateful

greatly

ache

representative

eligible

irresistible

irritable

agency

existence

particular

opponent

equation

athlete

appropriate

technical

central

film

pamphlet

advice

advise

slaughter

professor

affect

effect

tonnage

remit

remitted

finally

adjacent

facilities

sheriff

sinew

feature

swollen

pronounce

noun

pronunciation

structure

director

desirable

independent

scream

says

pretty

permanent

architect

extension

excellent

associate

analyze

privilege

repetition

concrete

generally

quality

competitive

competent

appreciate

committee

fuel

dipped

trial

trail

paid

Tuesday

Wednesday

experience

publicity

hydro-electric

library

qualified

quantities

stopped

villain

watt

prove

especially

stricken

striking

stripped

striped

veteran

veterinary

vehicle

genius

cheque

human

humane

broken

feud

eliminate

embarrass

official

stretch

prejudice

making

odour

losing

loosening

fiery

lever

fever

usually

sentence

league

lacrosse

soccer

rugby

baseball

hockey

pennant

baited

batted

beating

betting

pitcher

mitt

cleats

sweater

field

goal

gaol

tripped

major

average

ankle

knee

forehead

strike

struck

foul

slipped

relief

tongue

fatigue

faults

err

knick-knack

foliage

foolish

rough

really

hustle

later

anxious

tackle

canoeing

cheated

grievous

troupe

suite

linen

lining

heater

whirl

whipping

quarrel

barrel

marital

marshal

know

surely

faucet

murmur

treacherous

tiled

rinse

robin

tassel

orchid

fastener

collie

plumb

salve

clever

cleaver

gnaw

pneumonia

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