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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In my previous articles on Singular Possessives and Plural Possessives, you've learnt about how to use "apostrophe s", you've learnt when to simply add an apostrophe (plural nouns ending in s), and you've learnt some tricks of the trade. But now we're going to tackle the possessive forms that cause the most anguish and confusion — possessive pronouns!