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List of commonly misspelled words

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Some words are frequently misspelt because whilst being only (relatively) difficult to spell they are in common usage.

Use this list of most commonly misspelled words to find out which ones you find hard to spell. There are some tips at the end to help you improve.

What’s the most commonly misspelt word in the English language? Reveal answer

absence
abysmal
accessible
accidentally
accommodation
acknowledge
acquaint
acquire
across
address
advertisement
allege
already
although
amount
annual
apparatus
appearance
argument
arrangement
attach
awkward
basically
beautiful
because
beginning
believe
benefited
business
calendar
catarrh
choose/chose
ceiling
cellar
college
commitment
committed
committee
comparative
comparison
conscience
conscientious
conscious
consensus
consolidate
control
criticism
daily
debt
deceit
defence
definite
description
desirable
desperately
detached
develop
development
different
difference
diminution
disagreeable
disappear
disappointed
discipline
dissatisfied
eighth
efficient
embarrassment
equipment
exaggerate
exceed
excellent
excessive
excite, exciting
excitement
exercise
exhilarating
existence
expense
extraordinary
exuberant
familiar
favourite
February
fortunately
fortieth
forty
fulfil
fulfilled
gauge
glamorous
government
grammar
grateful
grievous
guarantee
guard
harass
hare-brained
height
heir
honorary
holiday
humorous
humour
idiosyncrasy
immediately
imminent
incidentally
independence
install
instalment
interested
irrelevant
jewellery (jewelry)
knowledge knack knuckle
liaison
leisure
lieutenant loose/lose
maintain
maintenance
marvellous
medicine
miniature
miscellaneous
mischievous
necessarily
neighbour
niece
ninth
noticeable
nuisance
occasion
occasionally
occur
occurred
occurrence
occurring
omission
omit
opportunity
paid
panicked
parallel(ed)
parliament
particularly
pastime
playwright
possess
precede
preceding
prefer(red)
prejudice
premises
preparation
privilege
procedure
proceed
profession
prominent
pseudonym
publicly
pursue
pursuing
quay queue quiet/quite
receipt
receive
recommend
refer(red)
recognize
relevant
repetition
schedule
scissors
seize
sentence
separate
siege
sieve
skilful
stationary
stationery
strength
succeed
supersede
suppress
surprise
temporary
tendency
tragedy
truly
twelfth
tie, tied, tying
undoubtedly
unmistakable
unnecessary
unparalleled
until
vicious vigorous vinegar
waist
waste
Wednesday
weird
wilful
woollen

How to help yourself

1. Make a list of the spelling mistakes you make most frequently, underlining the letter(s) you get wrong: e.g. sincerely, sentence, receive. In each case learn the correct spelling by heart.

2. When writing a new word, check its spelling, before you write it, so that you write it correctly first time.

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