For admirers of the English language and those who make reading and writing their passions, it can be quite cringe-worthy to come across certain spelling mistakes. With the younger generation constantly texting, keyboard warriors using short-form and an authority not having the temerity to make these necessary corrections, it can be quite easy to notice spelling mistakes.
Although some argue that it’s simple to formulate spelling mistakes because English is not 100 percent phonetic, a lot of the words that are commonly misspelled are aspects that are learned in grade school.
Do you make these spelling errors? Here is a list of the top 10 most misspelled words.
10. Accept vs. Except
You may be asking yourself right now, “Why do so many English words have to sound the same?” Don’t worry; you will eventually avoid these common errors. “Accept” is a verb used with an object. “Except” is also a verb that is defined as to omit something.
Accept: I have to accept that position my boss offered me yesterday.
Except: Robert would love to go out for dinner with us, except he has a prior engagement.
9. Library vs. Libary
For some reason completely unknown to etymologists everywhere, some people have decided to omit the first “r” in the word “library.”
8. Acheive vs. Achieve
Remember what your teacher said? “I before E except after C.” In most cases this is true, and in the case of “achieve” vs. “achieve,” it is correct. Unfortunately, to this day, a lot of individuals still make the mistake – when writing on Microsoft Word it automatically corrects it for you.
7. Wednesday vs. Wendesday
This mistake is similar to other commonly misspelled words, such “mortgage,” “grammar,” “government” and “espresso,” because people will write it the way it sounds. In the end, though, it is spelled Wednesday rather than “Wendesday.”
6. Forth vs. Fourth
It sounds the same, but the two words have two completely different definitions. Forth means moving onward or forward, while fourth is defined as the next after third.
Forth: I put forth a tremendous effort when I wrote my medical exam.
Fourth: My daughter was placed fourth in the beauty pageant.
5. Then vs. Than
Although it is rather tricky to remember, “then” is an adverb that represents time passing and “than” is a conjunction or preposition that is followed by either a pronoun or noun.
Then: The author then decided to write an additional three hours on Monday.
Than: Michael Jordan has more NBA titles than LeBron James.
4. Who’s vs. Whose
Similar to “it’s” and “could’ve”, “who’s: is a contraction for two words: who is. Meanwhile, “whose” is the possessive adjective form of who.
Who’s: The who’s who of Hollywood is coming over for a dinner party this evening.
Whose: No one knows whose keychain this is.
3. Effect vs. Affect
Similar to “then” vs. “than,” it can be difficult to remember the two. The word “effect” is described as a noun and “affect” is a transitive verb. If a writer uses the two words regularly, he or she will get the hang of it.
Effect: There are several side effects when taking that prescription.
Affect: Watching that 1935 motion picture really affected my viewpoint of the early 20th century.
2. It’s vs. Its
If you come across a message board, blog or social media outlet, this is a common mistake that is easily identifiable. “It’s” is the contraction of two words: it is, while “its” is a possessive adjective.
1. Could’ve vs. Could of
Once again, this is a growing trend when reading the comments section of YouTube, a news organization or Twitter. It wasn’t until recently that this started to happen to Internet users. “Could’ve” is the contraction of two words: could have, while “could of” doesn’t make any sense.
Could’ve: The other day, I could’ve gone to the museum, but I decided against it because it was cold outside.