Commonly Misspelled Words

by May 15, 2018, 2 Comments

Here at ProWritingAid, we have discovered that our editing tool catches the same words over and over again!

Even the best writers have those words that they just can’t seem to get right:

“Argh, does necessary have double c’s or s’s? I always get it wrong!”

Have a look at the list below. Are there any words continue to trip you up? If so you are not alone.

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter A

  • a lot
  • absence
  • accept
  • acceptable
  • accessible
  • achieve
  • across
  • accidentally
  • accommodate
  • accompanied
  • accomplish
  • accumulate
  • accuracy
  • achievement
  • acknowledgement
  • acquaintance
  • acquire
  • acquitted
  • across
  • actually
  • address
  • admission
  • adolescent
  • advice
  • advise
  • advised
  • affected
  • affectionate
  • aggravate
  • aggressive
  • alcohol
  • all right
  • allotted
  • allusion
  • always
  • amateur
  • annual
  • apparently
  • appearance
  • argument
  • arrangement
  • assassination

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter B

  • basically
  • beginning
  • believe
  • business

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Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter C

  • calendar
  • capital
  • capitol
  • cemetery
  • chauffeur
  • colleague
  • committee
  • complement
  • completely
  • compliment

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter D

  • decide
  • definite
  • definitely
  • desert
  • dessert
  • dilemma
  • disappear
  • divide

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter E

  • embarrass
  • environment
  • exaggerate
  • existence
  • explanation

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter F

  • Fahrenheit
  • familiar
  • financially
  • fluorescent
  • forehead
  • foreign
  • foreseeable
  • forfeit
  • forty
  • forward
  • friend
  • fulfillment
  • further

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter G

  • gauge
  • generally
  • gist
  • glamorous
  • government
  • governor
  • grammar
  • grammatically
  • grief
  • guaranteed
  • guard
  • guidance

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter H

  • happened
  • harass
  • harassment
  • height
  • hero
  • heroes
  • honorary
  • humor
  • humorous
  • hypocrisy
  • hypocrite

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter I

  • idiosyncrasy
  • ignorant
  • illogical
  • imaginary
  • imagine
  • imitate
  • immediately
  • immense
  • incidentally
  • incredible
  • independent
  • indispensable
  • inevitable
  • infinite
  • influential
  • initiative
  • innocence
  • intellectual
  • intelligence
  • intelligent
  • interest
  • interpret
  • interrupt
  • introduce
  • irrelevant
  • irresistible
  • irritable
  • irritated
  • it's
  • its

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter K

knowledge

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter L

  • laboratory
  • legitimate
  • leisure
  • liable
  • liaise
  • liaison
  • library
  • license
  • lightning
  • literature
  • lively
  • lollipop
  • loneliness
  • lonely
  • lose
  • lying

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter M

  • magazine
  • maintenance
  • maneuver
  • manual
  • manufacture
  • marriage
  • material
  • mathematics
  • meant
  • medicine
  • mere
  • messenger
  • millennium
  • miniature
  • minutes
  • mischievous
  • missile
  • morning
  • mortgage
  • muscles
  • mysterious

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter N

  • naturally
  • Neanderthal
  • necessary
  • nickel
  • niece
  • ninety
  • ninth
  • noticeable
  • noticing
  • nuclear
  • nuisance

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter O

  • obstacle
  • occasion
  • occasionally
  • occur
  • occurred
  • occurrence
  • omission
  • omitted
  • opinion
  • opponent
  • opportunity
  • opposite
  • optimism
  • organize
  • origin
  • original

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter P

  • paid
  • pamphlet
  • parallel
  • particular
  • pastime
  • peculiar
  • performance
  • perhaps
  • permanent
  • permissible
  • personal
  • physical
  • physician
  • piece
  • planned
  • pleasant
  • poison
  • possess
  • possession
  • possible
  • possibly
  • practically
  • prairie
  • precede
  • preferred
  • prejudiced
  • preparation
  • prepare
  • presence
  • prevalent
  • principal
  • principle
  • privilege
  • probably
  • procedure
  • proceed
  • profession
  • professor
  • prominent
  • pronunciation
  • propaganda
  • prophecy
  • prophesy
  • psychology
  • publicly
  • pumpkin
  • purpose
  • pursue

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter Q

  • quantity
  • quiet
  • quite
  • quizzes

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Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter R

  • realize
  • really
  • receipt
  • receive
  • receiving
  • recognize
  • recommend
  • reference
  • referred
  • referring
  • regular
  • relieve
  • religious
  • remembrance
  • repetition
  • representative
  • reproduce
  • resistance
  • restaurant
  • rhythm
  • ridiculous

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter S

  • sacrifice
  • safety
  • salary
  • schedule
  • secretary
  • seize
  • sense
  • separate
  • sergeant
  • severely
  • sheriff
  • shining
  • similar
  • simply
  • since
  • sincerely
  • skiing
  • sophomore
  • specimen
  • speech
  • sponsor
  • strength
  • strict
  • stubbornness
  • studying
  • subtlety
  • succeed
  • successful
  • succession
  • sufficient
  • suicide
  • summary
  • superintendent
  • supersede
  • suppose
  • suppress
  • surely
  • surprise
  • surround
  • susceptible
  • suspicious
  • swimming
  • symbol
  • sympathize

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter T

  • tattoo
  • technique
  • temperament
  • temperature
  • tendency
  • than
  • their
  • themselves
  • then
  • there
  • therefore
  • they're
  • thorough
  • thought
  • threshold
  • through
  • till
  • to
  • tobacco
  • together
  • tomorrow
  • tongue
  • too
  • tournament
  • traffic
  • trafficked
  • tragedy
  • transferred
  • tremendous
  • tried
  • tries
  • trouble
  • truly
  • twelfth
  • two
  • tyranny

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter U

  • unanimous
  • unconscious
  • undoubtedly
  • unforeseen
  • unfortunately
  • unmistakably
  • unnecessary
  • until
  • usage
  • useful
  • useless
  • using
  • usually

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter V

  • vacuum
  • valuable
  • varies
  • various
  • vegetable
  • vengeance
  • venomous
  • vice
  • view
  • vigilance
  • villain
  • violence
  • visible
  • vitamins

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter W

  • waive
  • warrant
  • warring
  • weather
  • Wednesday
  • weird
  • where
  • wherever
  • whether
  • whichever
  • who's
  • wholly
  • whose
  • wield
  • wintry
  • withdrawal
  • woman
  • women
  • worshiped
  • wreck
  • write
  • writing
  • written

Common Misspelled Words Beginning with Letter Y

  • yield

That's our list!

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Comments (2) Add Yours

 
  • Chris says
    You can annotate the document by selecting parts of the text
    Posted On Oct 29, 2012 | 05:33
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  • rw4rm says
    using "quite" for "quiet" is one of my pet peeves.
    Posted On Jan 06, 2013 | 09:31
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