Tuesday, 27 September 2011 03:39

Common English Errors: Advice and Advise

Advice and advise are two words that often trip people up. They sound very similar, look very similar, and have very similar meanings! Here's the quick guide to how to choose which word, and a handy hint to help you remember.

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It's some more of those pesky homonyms. Wether, weather, and whether. They all sound the same! Which spelling do you use, and what does each one mean?!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 07:01

Improve Your Spelling: Commonly Misspelt Words

Here's a handy list of more than 120 of the most commonly misspelt words in English. Some of the words appear on our list of hard spelling words. Most of the following words are used frequently and are either confused with other words or have tricky spelling quirks, such as double letters where you're not expecting them.

Published in Spelling Tutorials
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 00:15

Common English Errors: Ante and Anti

ANTI and ANTE are both prefixes. They are added to the front of other words to create new words with new meanings. However, even though there is only one letter's difference between them, ANTI and ANTE have quite different meanings.

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Saturday, 07 May 2011 10:33

Improve Your Spelling With Mnemonics

Improve your spelling with mnemonics. A mnemonic is a technique for improving your memory. The best mnemonic is the mnemonic you invent yourself. Here are some mnemonics I have used to help me remember how to spell some commonly misspelt words.

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English is a very irregular language, as we all know! Whether learning it from infancy, or as an adult, there are many challenges and areas that can trip you up. Irregular verbs are one such area.

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We all know that English is an annoyingly irregular language, overall ... there are rules, but just as many exceptions to rules! One area where people sometimes get confused is with irregular verb forms; they easily trip up newcomers to the language, whether children learning to speak English from infancy, or adults coming to English as a second language. 

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Thursday, 28 April 2011 21:52

Improve Your Spelling: Double Letters

One area that trips people up a lot with spelling is double letters. Some words have them, some words don't, and it's not often obvious from the way they're pronounced! Here is our list of the most commonly confused offenders.

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The use of alot, meaning "a great deal of something" is a commonly seen error. There actually isn't any such word, it's completely wrong, it isn't a word. The correct usage is A LOT. Two words, with a space between them! As in, I see this mistake a lot.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 02:39

Common English Errors: Breath and Breathe

It's amazing what one little letter – an "e" in this case – can do to a word. Breath and breathe are often misused, but they have quite different meanings.

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