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Misused Words in the English Language

Updated on December 9, 2018
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Devika enjoys sharing her work with a friendly community. Writing is a big part of her life. Online work has improved her lifestyle.

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  • Writers learn about their language every day.

I have come across many articles on line with grammatical errors. Words used in the wrong text, and words of the same pronunciation have different spelling.

I am South African and my first language is English but now that I am speaking both languages, the Croatian and English language. I think at times I am losing some of my English grammar, in direct translation of the Croatian language to the English language.

To me it is a problem but I am enjoying learning something new of the new foreign language every day.

  • Information is about misused words.

The misuse of the English language can be a problem for many non-English speakers. Though it is normal for everybody to make mistakes it is just a matter of time before one gets to realize their error.

Often this is from the poor attention of proofreading.

  • How often have you made mistakes in writing, and only saw the error after the article has been published?

Spelling is one of the mistakes made by almost everyone while browsing on line.

I found other articles dated from two to three years ago and had spelling errors instead of ''If '' there was just ''f'' the ''I'' was missing and to think that the information is from a professional site.

It is obvious that the article wasn't proofread thoroughly.

Spelling errors were just over-looked and imagine the many other readers who came across that article and found the spelling error it can leave readers feeling disappointed in reading such an article.

  • The other mistake when writing with misuse of words like the following:

Stationery- office or school material such as pens, pencils or books

Stationary- when a vehicle is parked off and not in motion.

Then- an incident happened at that time it was then.

Than- one is more than two.

Their- something that belongs to them, ''she is their child.''

There- A place to go or something is there at that position.

Be- to be at some place or to refer to some one or something

Bee- a flying insect that delivers a sting.

Wait- to be there for someone and it takes time to see them meaning you have to wait a while

Weight- What one weighs in kilograms, it can also be an object.

See- Your eyes see the world

Sea- the beautiful beach and the calm sea

Write- When one puts pen to paper and writes a letter

Right- you are right about the events or facts

Hare- a hare is like a rabbit runs very fast

Hair- you have hair on your head

Flower- the flower is beautiful in my garden

Flour- a powder used as part of your baking ingredients or for the making of fresh bread

For- is used like this i had to do this for you to help someone or to benefit from it

Four- the number after three

The spelling errors are often overlooked but a writer can easily lose their skills if they don't pay attention to their mistakes.

  • How do you use words?

Using words that are linked can be used in different texts like when writing a sentence in sequence one can use the following words: What happened next, then one would start with first, firstly, and going on the next second or secondly.

This goes on to, also, or another and then finally you get to the conclusion. When using into and in to these words can also be misused.

The boy went into the room to talk to his girlfriend. He walked in to see his close friend. In speaking of a result you use words such as therefore, thus or consequently.

When using the words to emphasize on something you use words as the following: Indeed, in fact, especially importantly, or generally

To reason with, one should use because, for what or that reason. Since when or then that is a reason for the occurrence of an incident. When writing and using in an example, you use words such as, including that, or that is an example of, or such as and give the examples required in your sentence.

In contrast one should use nevertheless, however, still and although or whereas.

When writing in the context about on the contrary one should use words such as, likewise, also, or similarly and, like or just as.

Sometimes words are misused when writers don't know the use of certain words. Literally and figuratively is also misused or misunderstood by many writers.

  • What are Literal and Figurative languages?

Literal language is about facts and has direct meaning of what one is talking about.

The figurative language means something thought of like an idea by the individual to think about, and have an image of in one’s mind, also factual. One can use a simile and a metaphor to show literal and figurative languages.

He walked like a tortoise it doesn't mean he is a tortoise but his actions were like the tortoise. Metaphorically one can say he is a tortoise then again it us up to you on how the meaning of actions are recognized.

Words are often used wrongly and spelled wrongly, and if you take your time to read your article you will find many errors. Nobody is perfect mistakes are made but think about it you are a writer and writers must pay attention to every word in their articles.

There are many readers who come across your work and you need your steady platform, sinking it won't be the greatest of ideas if you choose to earn on line in the writing field be alert and reread your work.

Writing and earning on line is not easy for so many years of writing I finally found my best place to be. No matter how much time you put into your work there are still many obstacles to pass by before you get to the top.

If you are not familiar with the use of the English words then further your lessons in the English language and improve on your writing skills in the same way.

  • Pay attention to the following words and of how one can misuse these words:

  • So when do you use the words, could of, should of, or would of?

  • Do you think it is the right way in using these words?

No, instead of could of, should of or would of one should use could have, should have, and would have. There again grammar is complete out of style.

I have noticed when using you and another person in a sentence, always use me last and your friend first like this example:

''My friend and I went to town for the day.''

Also, I have noticed I is written in small letters, wrong again the I should always be in the capital letter as you are referring to an individual.

Sometimes one uses that instead of who. If you are speaking about an animal or an object you use that but in speaking of a person then you use who, or with whom. It depends on what you are writing about. Okay, another problem with the confusion of words

  • Toward and Towards

In the American English Toward is used and in the British English language towards is the popular word here again, whichever one you choose to use is fine and up to you.

Try to use words in their correct meaning.

  • Using apostrophes

When using it’s instead of it is, often the apostrophe is not used.

‘’It’s there,’’ should be it's there or it is there.

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CyberShelley thanks for the kind comment and have a lovely day.

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      Shelley Watson 

      5 years ago

      Very meaningful and interesting points raised here. Once again a pleasure to read!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi RTalloni how very interesting and well pointed out thanks very much for commenting

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      5 years ago from the short journey

      It's important to be careful to use correct wording. Too often I've caught a ridiculous mistake after publishing! Mistakes can make us laugh at ourselves and others, and signage can provide the most chuckles. In traveling this weekend we saw a shop sign that gave us pause for thought. It was emblazoned with ___ Galery, having no 's on the name, but ies. It was delightfully hand painted by the artist/owner. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Denise Handlon so right about loose and lose, thanks for sharing your views, and for all votes here very kind of you.

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      A very helpful site. Let me just add, I don't feel you have any difficulty grasping the English language. At least it isn't reflected here. :)

      I was walking my dog and thinking of this problem just recently. One of the most commonly misused word is 'lose'. I see teachers, writers, and other professionals spelling it as: loose.

      Well done-UP/U/I and shared.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Vishakha Bajaj thanks for commenting have a nice day.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jainismus Misused Words in the English Language I agree with your views here and so glad you took the time to comment on my hub thanks very much

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub, thank you for sharing the information.

      The problem is that English language changes nation to nation and palaces to places. In this age of globalization and online communication, it is not possible to keep English or any other language unaffected from other languages. Especially, for whom English is second or third language, it is greatly affected by his/her first language.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      thumbi7 so glad you commented and thanks verymuch

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      English is fun to learn. Because it is not our mother tongue we feel that we can make some mistakes.

      I enjoyed reading your hub.

      Thanks for sharing...

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Shyron E Shenko thanks for commenting and for the votes up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared have a nice weekend

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks Romeos Quill interesting thought hear from you about the one writes in the English language and you are so right the full stop at the end of sentence its forgotten at times. I have been working on this hub for a while but still I didn't add more to the information. Thank you for commenting and enjoy the rest of the weekend. DDE

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      Romeos Quill 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi DDE!

      An interesting article you have crafted here, which must have taken you a good while to put together.

      You've mentioned some of the common hurdles which people who are learning English as a second language, are faced with ( and native speakers also, still ).

      ' Text-speak ' hasn't helped the situation much ( remember the days when a full stop always used to be written at the end of a sentence? ).

      Certainly no grammar-nazi, but I've seen some sentences that, without proper grammar, read very differently; I read one the other day that made me laugh, as it was really funny, but rude, so won't repeat it here.

      Knowing the correct words to use at the right time, and in their proper context, certainly adds creativity to the freedom engendered within writing.

      Thank you, and enjoy a pleasant weekend.

      Yours Sincerely,


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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful hub DDE, voted up, useful, awesome and interesting and shared.

      I love linguistics and as I have said many times, English is a living language, with words added everyday.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      epbooks great to see another comment from you the English language can be most confusing and learning is one of he best way to keep going with misused words well said. Thanks, have a lovely weekend

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love this hub. I definitely try to proofread my work as best as possible. I noticed, however, that sometimes I'll be in a rush and might have typed one of my biggest pet peeves- the misuse of their, there, they're and I've typed it wrong. Yikes! Hopefully those who have read my hubs or books know that I generally don't make that type of mistake. lol. My favorite is "regardless" or "Supposably." So many people use those as real words!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CraftytotheCore I too have that problem with "effect" and "affect" so agree with you and nice to know you have guide manual to help you along thanks for sharing your views here

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora, the misuse of English words can be confusing I appreciate you commenting on my hubs have a good day.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Made you are so right English isn't a very difficult language to learn just the correct use of certain words and no problems thanks for commenting and so nice of you to stop by.

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      Madeleine Salin 

      5 years ago from Finland

      In many texts I've seen "your" so many times when it should be "you're". English isn't a very difficult language to learn, but it's important to pay attention to words that sound similar but are spelled differently. Useful hub!

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      5 years ago

      Such a useful Hub DDE! The two that get me the most are "effect" and "affect". When I was going to college, I picked up a copy of the Gregg Reference Manual. I still have it today. It comes in handy when I'm writing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      DDE, thank you for the English Lesson. It really helps to know the differences between words which look and sound alike. Good job.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan it is difficult if English is not your first language but to learn more about the language each day definitely it pays off thanks very much for commenting on my hubs so glad you stopped by.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      Wonderful hub about the common mistakes, people often make while writing English.

      Since English is not my first language, I make it a point to read what I write again and again, to spot if I have misspelt or misused any word.

      Thanks for this interesting one!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Mhatter99 thanks for commenting have a good day of writing

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CrisSp thanks for the votes up and shared so glad you came and commented the English language is my best

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Faith Reaper thanks for all votes up and sharing one of my best supporters and so appreciate the efforts made by you. Warm wishes to you.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sunshine625 thanks for sharing your views glad you came by

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nell Rose thanks for votes up and shared the English language is a universal language and yet as writers we still make such mistakes,

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sheilamyers thanks it is always a challenge when it comes to the English language, another is accept and except.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      hi tobusiness so kind of you to come by at my hub Misused Words in the English Language, thanks very much for commenting have nice day.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Weird. I wrote today's limerick before reading this. Weird

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for the wonderful education. Very useful hub! English is my second language and although I think I know better in writing, proof reading and editing, some words are quite elusive for my chinky eyes to catch. I guess, attention to details are required.

      Voting up and sharing.


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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent hub here! Another one ... not using "too" and using "to" incorrectly.

      Yes, we, as writers should really take time to proof our work, especially putting it out there on line! English is one of the hardest languages to learn.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi DDE, I see these typos quite often on Facebook and Twitter updates. They are too common, even though they shouldn't be. Great list!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi DDE, I think it must be so difficult for someone with English as a second language. I know it can be confusing for me and I am English! lol! voted up and shared! nell

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      5 years ago

      Great hub! I know I used to make many of the mistakes you listed. Now my two main problems are "it's" vs "its" and when to use "who's" or "whose".

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Yes, the English language can be challenging, and then there's the typos. You are right, mistakes are unprofessional, edit and edit again.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc you know English is hard if it is not your first language and the misused words can confuse one even further. Thanks very much for commenting

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know practically nothing about other languages, but I know a lot about English, and I have always believed English must be one of the hardest languages to learn, mainly because of the points you mention in this fine article.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway my first comment from you how nice of you to visit my hub on Misused Words in the English Language thanks for sharing your views have a lovely day

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      5 years ago from USA

      Great list. The its/it's issue, then/than, and their/there mistakes really grate on me when I see them. In addition, I find the unnecessary apostrophe's and random use of "quotation marks" odd, but they are everywhere as well.


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