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List of Commonly Misspelled Words

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From a very small age, all of us are tasked with sitting in our classrooms and being subjected to vigorous spelling tests. Though over time we start to get a really good grasp of the English language and find that spelling starts to come naturally to us, there are some words that, no matter how hard we try, we seem to struggle with all the way through our academic lives and sometimes even in to adulthood. There comes a time when, with particular words, you just forget which way of spelling is in fact that correct, way, and what follows is a lifetime of missing out that second P, switching that A for an E, using an F instead of a Ph, the list goes on and on! Here is a quick list of what a recent study has discovered to be the most commonly misspelled words across the country.

1. Separate

When asked to spell separately or separate, the common mistake that many people make is swapping that middle A out for an E, which is an easy mistake to make when you consider how the word sounds in your mouth. It is extremely common for a separately spelling to turn in to 'seperately'.

2. Definitely

Definitely is another word that trips people up due to the fact that is sounds very different to say than to spell. You just need to remember that it is all Es and Is for this word, there is no A in the middle to make it 'definate', no matter how much it sounds like it!

3. Manoeuvre

It is understandable why manoeuvre is one the list of the most commonly misspelled words, as it stems from the French language which native English speakers might not have the best grasp and understand of. The main confusion often stems from the reversed R and E at the end of the word that go against many of the standard conventions of the English language.

4. Embarrass

Embarrass can be a trick word to spell, you need to remember that the word requires both a double R and a double S as you spell it out on the page, not jut one or the other. When it comes to embarrass, more is more!

5. Occurrence

Occurrence is another word where adding in the double letters is key. People tend to either forget the double C at the beginning or the double R in the middle, but when you see it on the page, you will know you've got it right.

6. Apparently

When you ask yourself how do you spell apparently, the trick is to remember the double P at the beginning followed by the word 'are' rather than 'ara', it might sound that way in your mouth but that's not how it is supped to be on the page!

7. Unnecessary

Unnecessary is classic misspelling, you never know how many Ns, Cs and Ss you need to include! It's one that many people still struggle with all the way through adulthood.

8. Acceptable

Some people are often tempted to spell acceptable as 'acseptible' or something similar, once again falling in the trap of spelling phonetically instead.

9. Separated

How do you spell separated? Just go back to the tutorial of how to spell separate and then top it off with a D at the end, you can't go wrong!

10. Referred

Many people tend to spell referred with either too many F's or not enough R's, but all you need to remember is one F, followed by a double R, no problem!



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