It doesn’t matter if you’re writing an article or a book, spelling mistakes always look bad. You don’t have to know how to spell every word in the English dictionary, but if you are a true writer, finding (and using) a Spell Check program is a necessity. The program might not be able to tell you when you are using the wrong word, such as accept versus except, or to, two, and too. But it can catch some of the most common spelling errors people make everyday. Read about a few of them below.
The Random E
The Random E comes in the form of misspelled words like "improvment" and "arguement." Some question if argue has an e, shouldn’t the same apply for argument? No, but it should with improvement. Other words where The Random E stays put are manageable and noticeable. Changeable also doesn’t change.
Say it with me, "I before E, except after C…I before E, except after C!" That’s the rule anytime you find yourself struggling with how to spell words like believe and receive. It isn’t written in stone, of course, as other words like neighbor, their, and weight would crack the concrete, but it is a useful spelling trick for many words with the long "eee" vowel sound. Achieve and conceive are a couple more examples. Niece is another.
Double letters in words sometimes have a tendency to challenge the spelling-challenged of the world. One of those words is occasion. I stop more than occasionally to ask myself if there is one "c" or two. A few others that also seem to inspire double-letter confusion are those like embarrass (two double letters), beginning (one "g" keeps it from begging for two), and millennium, an old 2000-year favorite that took down bigger people than you and me. Of all double-lettered words, though, the most confusing would have to be commitment. Spelled this way, there is only one "t," yet committed, committing, and committee use two. It’s similar to written and writing.
If you have a conscience, are you conscious of it? An easy-to-remember technique to follow when spelling words with the "sci" (shh) sound is: If it’s spelled like the CSI programs, it’s probably wrong. Science and scientific also give some sci spelling problems, but with a different pronunciation.
One word that many people seem to have trouble with is the ending of definitely. It has been spelled as "definately" so much, it might even look more right to some than the correct spelling. Words that end with -able have also tripped up the masses. Predictable has been frequently (and wrongly) translated as "predictible," acceptable as "acceptible," and indispensable as "indispensible." Other suffix troubles in spelling are words that end in -ence. For instance, many people are tempted to spell independence as "independance" or intelligence as "intelligance."
They say the English language is one of the most difficult languages to learn, and it’s easy to see why when becoming more familiar with the many different ways of spelling some words. This doesn’t cover the varied meanings of words like your and you’re, but a basic spell check program should cover all other spelling needs. Reading more can help as well.
By the way, mispelled is…misspelled.