Common Misspellings in English

There are many common misspellings in English that creep up throughout your writing. It happens whenever you are writing fast, or when you think you know how to spell something and MS Word doesn’t fix your mistake. The thing is, these common misspellings in English are nothing to be embarrassed about. That is why we create so many lessons on common writing mistakes. Watch the video now so we can help, then try our quiz below.

What’s wrong with these sentences?

1. Their are some amazing articles on Business English HQ.

2. Your going to enjoy the new ebook from Frank and Craig.

3. Who’s surname is more difficult to pronounce, Frank’s or Craig’s?

4. We’ve received many complements on our website.

5. Its enjoyable for Frank to write posts regularly.  

6. Craig enjoys teaching more then anything else.

Common Misspellings in English

Each sentence mistakenly uses a homonym, a word that sounds like another word but is spelled differently and has a different meaning. These common misspellings in English are sure to trip you up. If necessary – take notes:

  • So, for example, the first sentence should begin with “There.” It is an adverb used to introduce a sentence with the verb “to be.” It’s also used for location. “Their” is a possessive pronoun, similar to “our” or “his.” For example, in talking about Frank and Craig’s website, you could say their video clips are outstanding.
  • In example two, the sentence should begin with “You’re,” a contraction for “You are” used with the verb “going.” On the other hand, “your” shows possession. A good way to avoid this mistake is to say to yourself, “you are,” in any given situation. You need to get your name on our mailing list.” You’re” wouldn’t work here.
  • The third sentence should begin with “Whose,” the possessive form of the pronoun “who.” “Who’s” is the contraction of “who is.” So I might wonder who’s going to be the next Business English HQ affiliate partner.
  • The next sentence has an easily confused homonym. The correct word should be “compliment,” meaning praise or admiration. Frank and I love getting compliments about our work. “Complement,” on the other hand, has to do with matching or going well together. For example, Frank and I have different talents that complement each other.
  • The error in the fifth sentence is often made by native speakers of English. The sentence should begin with “it’s,” the contraction for “it is” or “it has.” “Its” is an adjective, meaning the possessive form of “it.” So you could say that it’s clear that Business English HQ appeals to its readers.
  • Finally, in the last sentence the correct word is “than,” a conjunction you use for comparing. “Then” is most commonly used as an adverb with different meanings, such as “at that time,” “in addition” or “accordingly.” For example, if Frank and I continue producing great content much better than elsewhere, then we’ll have thousands of readers.

Now you try it. Use the best words to complete each sentence (there vs. their, you’re vs. your, compliments vs. complement, it’s vs. its, than vs. then, whose vs. who’s)

1. It’s cheaper to communicate with Skype __________ a cell phone.  If you wish to talk to Frank or Craig, __________ call us on Skype.

2. One of the reasons Frank and Craig receive so many __________ is that their skills __________ each other.

3. __________ are so many common mistakes in writing that learners need to correct to improve  __________ writing.

4. __________ Business English HQ’s aimed at? It’s geared to professionals __________ writing needs are different.

5. __________ going to love Business English HQ’s new ebook because it addresses __________ writing needs.

6. __________ recommended that learners sign up to Business English HQ and receive __________ free email course.

1. than, then
2. compliments, complement
3. There, their
4. Who’s, whose
5. You’re, your
6. It’s, its

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