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How to Avoid Spelling Errors

Updated on June 28, 2020
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Writing is becoming my passion and so is helping budding writers in as many ways I can.


Many aspiring writers have unique and superb ideas. Their writing style also is lucid and engaging. Most of the writers write grammatically correct sentences also. But sometimes wrong spellings ruin the impression of their otherwise excellent writing. Using the spell-check is not completely fool-proof, and we all know it.

Writing correct spellings of words is mostly not that difficult. Most of the time following the correct pronunciation of the word correctly is sufficient.

However, in English, there are many exceptions to the rule cited above. So we need to be careful.

Scope for Spelling Errors in Writing

Same Letter Pronounced Differently

Words are formed using letters. What if these letters itself are pronounced differently? The classic example of ‘but’ and ‘put’ is a case in point.

The letter, ‘c’ is used in the word, ‘cycle’ twice and is pronounced in two different ways.

The sound of the first ‘c’ in ‘cycle’ gets a totally different spelling, i.e., ‘psy’ in the word, ‘psychology’ and the sound of the second ‘c’ in ‘cycle’ is spelled as ‘ch’ in the same word, ‘psychology’.

Silent Letters

There are words whose spellings have silent letters.

The letter, ‘b’ in the word, ‘debt’ is silent. Similarly, in the word, ‘sign’ the letter ‘g’ is not pronounced. It is silent.

The Case of Redundant Letters

If the word, ‘T-shirt’ is okay, why do we spell ‘tea’ with, ‘ea’ in the end? Similarly, in the word, ‘queue’ the last four letters or at least the last two letters are redundant.

In all the above cases, the only way out is to recognize and memorize such special words. There are plenty of them.


Yes, homonyms are one major source of errors if the writer is not careful. It is not exactly a case of spelling errors. It is more like confusion errors. Homonyms are similar sounding words with different spellings and different meanings too. So, the author unknowingly ends up writing as given below.

You should right with your write hand.

Both the underlined words are correctly spelled. The error occurs because of the wrong usage of the words that are pronounced in the same way.

I know the above is an extreme example that probably never happened. But mistakes of this type are very common.

Take the test to test your ‘Spelling Skills’ or I should say, 'Homonyms"

  1. sole, soul

a. Mother Theresa is a noble_____.

b. He was the _____ winner present.

c. Get the ____ of the shoe repaired.

2. week, weak

a. Last _____, he joined painting classes.

b. There will be a special class for _____students later.

3. site, sight

a. The supervisor leaves the construction ____ after every one else has left.

b. My eyesight is poor but I could _____ the red car easily.

4. carrier, career

a. He enjoyed a long and fruitful ____ as a teacher.

b. She carried the baby in the seat _____.

5. sale, sail

a. He bought this from the offseason ___.

b. The ship will ____ next week.

6. waste, waist

a. It is a bad idea to _____ food.

b. She has a very slim _____.

7. deer, dear

a. My ____ friend, Arun lives in Singapore.

b. This place is full of antelopes and _____.

8. peace, piece

a. This cake _____ is very small. I want a bigger one.

b. The neighbors live in _____.

9. seen, scene

a. I have not ____ your gold ring.

b. Do not create a _____ here.

10. peel, peal

a. I will ____ the orange.

b. A _____ of laughter rose in the class.

c. The banana _____ is golden yellow.

d. The ____ of the temple bell was very loud.


1 a. soul b. sole c. sole 2 a. week b. weak 3 a. site b. sight

4 a. career b. carrier 5 a. sale b. sail 6 a. waste b. waist

7 a. dear b. deer 8 a. piece b. peace 9 a. seen b. scene

10 a. peel b. peal c. peel d. peal

1.week, weak

Crack This One

I hope you are confident to take this test too. Look for the homonyms in your memory.

1 a. I have bought _____ storybooks yesterday.

b. No one ____ burgers at the party.

2 a. I was feeling _____ in his company.

b. There is a _____meeting at 3:00 p.m. today.

3. a. I said ____ to my parents.

b. They will ____ a new house soon.

4. a. Will you _____ the carrots?

b. My mother is a _____ person.

5. a. The hospital _____ is cleaned thrice daily.

b. Refined _____ is not good for health.

6. a. The monkey scratched ___ head.

b. ___ raining cats and dogs.

7. a. I sang a very old _____.

b. I like _____very much.

8. a. I wake up before ___ rise every morning.

b. His only _____ lives in Australia.

9. a. Everyone wished each other _____ Christmas.

b. He does not wish to _____ so soon.

10. a. India ___ the match last night.

b. The police could catch only ____ thief.


1 a. ate b. eight 2 a. bored b. board 3 a. bye b. buy 4 a. grate b. great

5 a. floor b. flour 6 a. its b. it’s 7 a. hymn b.him 8. a. sun b.son

9. a. merry b.marry 10 a. won


We must realize that the above is not an exhaustive list. To know more about the topic we need to check out on grammar sites frequently and also be more careful when we read to know the correct spellings and also how homonyms have been used.

So, the ball is now in your court. I hope you will sincerely do your part, now that I have done mine.

Happy learning and happy writing, all!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.



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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      11 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice article. Well composed.

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      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Thank you, dear Shivangi for reading my post and leaving your valuable comments.. I think you would like my other posts as well.

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      Shibangi Das 

      11 months ago from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha

      This piece of knowledge is so valuable. You stated the facts so precisely that anyone could get it easily.

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      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Thank you so much Mr. Vikram for your nice comments on my article I hope you will find my other articles useful too. Thanks once again..

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      Vikram Brahma 

      11 months ago from Assam, India

      Poonam ma'am you have so much in-depth knowledge about the subject. I have to write all your articles once again. Thank you for sharing.

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      11 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Poonamji, really appreciate your efforts to educate writers with these tricky grammar and spelling rules which can sometimes confound even the well-versed. I particularly enjoy your exercises as the proof of the pudding is really only in the eating. Thank you!

    • Poonam-Malik profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Dear Cijini, thank you so much dear for reading and commenting on my hub. I hope my article will inspire people like you to take care of grammar and spellings which is pretty easy if you are concerned. Till then you can surely bank upon me for any help.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      11 months ago from India

      I completely agree with you, Ms. Poonam. Moving forward with the right mindset is the only commitment we should have.

      You've shared such an honest comment, Ms. Cijini. If you're passionate about something, it won't take you much time to become professional in that. So, just keep working hard like this with the positive attitude, and one day you'll surely become a reputable writer or author. I'm also aiming for the same. Best wishes!

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      Cijini Manoj 

      11 months ago from Kerala

      Thank you mam for this informative article....i am not a proffessinal writer...but really passionate in writing articles....i just simply writes the way i am thinking, never concerned about the proper grammar.....if guides like you are there.... newbies like me will benefits a lot....

    • Poonam-Malik profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Dear Nikhil, I must thank you for the very informative comment about grammar rules. It's a fluid world we live in, so I guess, perfection also is fluid. The best we can do is to keep ourselves abreast as best as we can.

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

      I shall try and write more of such articles.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      11 months ago from India

      It is really difficult to be a perfect writer, or should I say there is no such thing as a perfect writer who can write everything perfectly with the right grammar. The article you have written five or ten years ago might not be completed correct day grammar-wise.

      Grammar is changing with time and so are its rules. Writing correct spelling of words is the one of the basic requirements of becoming a writer. So, one should follow the points you've mentioned here, Ms. Poonam. Thanks for this hugely informative hub!

    • Poonam-Malik profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Dear Natasha, thanks lot for reading and commenting on my hub. You are right, these are indeed basic things and need just a little care while writing.

    • Poonam-Malik profile imageAUTHOR


      11 months ago from Faridabad

      Thank you so much, shuchi. Not only for the encouragement but also for the promptness. This is truly like the cake with the icing. I hope you and others will brush up more frequently and take care while writing.

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      Natasha Tungare 

      11 months ago from India

      Very basic and yet a unique topic! There are many things to learn from you ma'am

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      11 months ago from India

      A well explained article,you are right we must take our steps consciously while writing,its better safe than sorry.There are many perplexed English words which needs special attention while writing.Your article is an eye opener.Thanks for sharing the brain exercise too.Keep sharing such informative valuable articles .


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