Monday, 17 September 2012 01:19

Spelling Tutorial: Apostrophe S In Names

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a woman, let's call her Mabel, asking about the use of possessive apostrophe S after names that end with S. Mabel's friend just had a sign made up for their house, which is for sale. Mabel's neighbours' surname is Ross. They wrote their sign as 'the Ross's house'. Mabel thinks that it should be 'the Ross' house'. Which form is right, and which is wrong? This is one of those grey areas in punctuation, actually. Both options (Ross' and Ross's) can be used!

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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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Thursday, 22 September 2011 01:28

Improve Your Vocabulary: Homonyms Part 1

You don't need me to tell you that English is one confusing language! There are even words that sound the same as each other, but are spelled differently and mean completely different things — how fair is that?! (Not very.)

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.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:03

Improve Your Spelling: Spelling Bee

Here is a spelling bee to test your spelling!

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 00:00

Question and Answer: Collecting Words

People sometimes email us questions or post questions on the English Language Skills Facebook™ Page about spelling, vocabulary, writing, and other English-related topics. As a result, we have decided to select some of the best questions and post the answers for everyone to read. The first Question and Answer comes from Monique about "Collecting Words".

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 02:19

Common English Errors: Confused Words, Ds

English has many words that sound similar, and are often spelled similarly, but have quite different meanings. In this article, we look at some such words starting with D, and explain the differences between them.

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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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In Part 1 of the Hardest Words Word Lists, we presented you with a top 200 of hard words to spell. But you knew there were more than a mere 200 tough words, didn't you? Here are some more to learn how to spell!

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