The Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English (Words 1-5)

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In this post, we’ll go over 5 of the most misspelled words in the English language. We’ll talk about why they are often misspelled and how you can remember the correct spelling.

  1. Misspelled

    Ironically, the word misspelled is itself often misspelled as mispelled. Remember to add the entire mis- prefix to spelled.

    To learn the correct spelling, try to remember the following sentence:

    Miss Parker misspelled Miss Brown’s name.

    Just as the title Miss has two S’s, so does the word misspelled.

  2. Advice and Advise

    Advice is often misspelled as advise. These are two different words. Advice is a noun meaning guidance or recommendations, while advise is a verb meaning to offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone.

    To easily remember the difference between advice and advise, remember the sentence below:

    Vlad advised me to keep working on my startup, while Nico’s advice was to quit.

    Vlad starts with V and advise is a verb, while Nico starts with an N and advice is a noun.

  3. Access

    Access is commonly misspelled as acces or acess. Remember: there are two C’s and two S’s.

    Remember the following sentence:

    A colorful computer executed some software.

  4. Advertise and Advertisement
  5. Advertise is sometimes misspelled with a Z, as in advertize. This is incorrect – the word can only be spelled with an S. To easily remember this, memorize the following sentence:

    Sam sold some advertisements.

  6. Choose and Chose
  7. Choose is a verb meaning, to pick out or select someone or something. Chose is the simple past form of choose. To remember the spelling difference, memorize the following sentences:

    Last week [in the past], Chen chose to move to San Francisco.

    Today [the present], Chen must choose when he wants to leave.

    Next week [in the future], Chen will choose when to quit his job.

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