It is important to be familiar with common spelling errors to avoid them in your own writing.
Recognize common spelling errors
It is important to be familiar with spelling errors that writers frequently make so you can avoid them in your own writing.
Knowing why these mistakes occur will help you write with better awareness.
Word-processing programs usually have a spell-checker, but you should still carefully check for correct changes in your words. This is because automatic spell-checkers may not always understand the context of a word.
The study of the physical sounds of human speech (phones) and the processes of their physiological production, auditory reception, and neurophysiological perception, as well as their representation by written symbols.
A word which is pronounced the same as another word but differs in spelling or meaning or origin, for example: carat, caret, carrot, and karat.
The Importance of Spelling
Misspelling a word might seem like a minor mistake, but it can reflect very poorly on a writer. It
suggests one of two things: either the writer does not care enough about his
work to proofread it, or he does not know his topic well enough to properly spell words
related to it. Either way, spelling errors will make a reader less
likely to trust a writer's authority.
best way to ensure that a paper has no spelling errors is to look for them
during the proofreading stage of the writing process. Being familiar with the
most common errors will help you find (and fix) them during the writing
and proofreading stage.
a writer just doesn't know how to spell the word she wants to use. This
may be because the word is technical jargon or comes from a language other than
her own. Other times, it may be a proper name that she has not
encountered before. Anytime you want to use a word but are unsure of how to
spell it, do not guess. Instead, check a dictionary or other reference work
to find its proper spelling.
Phonetics is a field that studies the sounds of a language. However, English phonetics can be tricky: In English, the pronunciation of a word does not always relate to the way it is spelled. This can make spelling a challenge. Here are some common phonetic irregularities:
A word can sound
like it could be spelled multiple ways. For example: "concede" and
"conceed" are the same phonetically, but only "concede" is
the proper spelling.
A word has silent
letters that the writer may forget to include. You cannot hear the
"a" in "realize," but you need it to spell the word
A word has double
letters that the writer may forget to include. "Accommodate," for
example, is frequently misspelled as "acommodate" or
The writer may
use double letters when they are not needed. The word "amend" has
only one "m," but it is commonly misspelled with two.
words just aren't spelled the way they sound. "Right," for example,
does not resemble its phonetic spelling whatsoever. Try to become familiar with
words that have unusual or non-phonetic spellings so you can be on the lookout
for them in your writing. But again, the best way to avoid these misspellings
is to consult a dictionary whenever you're unsure of the correct spelling.
and "bred" sound the same, but they are spelled differently, and they mean
completely different things. Two words with different meanings but the same
pronunciation are homophones. If you don't know which homophone is the right
one to use, look both up in the dictionary to see which meaning (and spelling)
you want. Common homophones include: