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Most Commonly Misused Words!

Updated on August 15, 2011

The English language has many, many words that are being misused daily or are commonly confused. Here is a list of 25 of the ones that can stop even the best writers in their tracks, from time to time.

Who knew?
Who knew?
Accept:
Except:
 
to agree
to exclude
 
to receive
excluding
 
ie: He was eagerly awaiting to accept his winnings.
ie: I loved everything about the wedding gown except the neckline.
 
Adapt:
Adept:
Adopt:
to change in order to handle new situations
to be handy
to make it ones own
to deal with new conditions
to be skillful
to endorse
ie: He was unable to adapt to the environment.
ie: She has always been an adept knitter.
ie: It is common for us to adopt many New Years resolutions.
Adverse:
Averse to:
 
hostile
reluctant
 
difficult
being against it
 
ie: Adverse weather conditions are making the Olympic games harder to accomplish.
ie: He is averse to accepting charity from any source.
 
Advice:
Advise:
 
is the noun
is the verb
 
ie: My advice to you would be to invest in gold not in those stocks.
ie: I advise you to think about your investments carefully.
 
 
 
 
All ready
Already
 
all set
previously done
 
all prepared
previously said
 
ie: The hub-nugget hub was all ready by Wednesday.
ie: Mom already told me.
 
All together
Altogether
 
joined
totally
 
joined in a group
thoroughly
 
ie: For once, the party was all together on that important issue.
ie: The reasons for that are altogether obscure.
 
Allusion
Illusion
 
the verb form for allude
a figment of imagination
 
an indirect reference, covert
an idea not at all real
 
ie: Her allusion effectively called up parallels in two historic moments.
ie: Chris Angel has many illusions up his sleeve.
 
A while
Awhile
 
a noun
an adverb
 
a period of indeterminate length
for a short time
 
ie: I saw her a while ago.
ie: They settled awhile in town before moving to the country.
 
Censor
Censure
 
to see if mail,art,books etc should be banned
an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism
 
to suppress in whole or part those considered obscene, politically unacceptable, etc
an official rebuke
 
ie: The school authorities censored the scholl reading list.
ie: It remains to be seen whether he will be censured for conflict of interest"
 
Cite
Site
Sight
a verb
a noun
a noun
to mention
a location
the ability to see or to forsee the future
ie: She was able to cite many examples.
ie: The site of the new house is on the west side of town.
ie: She has the sight; she can foretell the future.
Complement
Compliment
 
to bring to perfection
to praise
 
to complete or makes up a whole
to express respect or esteem for
 
ie: Wine and cheese complement each other.
ie: I don't like insincere compliments.
 
Device
Devise
 
a noun, an invention for some specific purpose
a verb, to invent, to plot
 
a mechanical gadget
to plan or to design
 
ie: Sometimes the simplest devices are the cleverest.
ie: The safety pin in one of those cleverly devised gadgets.
 
Discreet
Discrete
 
tactful
distinct, individual,
 
wise self-restraint
Non-continuous
 
ie: Everyone could use a trusted discreet aide
ie: Rising rates can have several discrete effects on our economy.
 
Expand
Expend
 
to increase
to spend
 
to enlarge or to fill out
to use up
 
ie: It is so busy that we will have to think about expanding.
ie: To get the gold medal the athletes at the Olympics are expending all of their energy.
 
Farther
Further
 
a geographic distance
used for everything else except geographic distances
 
a physical distance
further is also used for the concept of addition
 
ie: Toronto is another 50 kilometers farther down the highway.
ie: If there are no further comments we can adjourn the meeting.
 
It's
Its
 
stands either for 'it is' or 'it has'
is a possessive pronoun
 
It's is a contraction for it is or it has.
'of it' or 'belonging to it'. Also is the neuter version of his and her
 
ie: To check if 'it's' is right try replacing it with it is or it has.
ie: The ostrich is known for its inability to fly.
 
Loose
Lose
 
not tight
to misplace
 
easy way to remember is loose rhymes with 'moose'
easy way to remember is lose rhymes with 'whose'
 
ie: It's better to wear loose clothes in a hot climate.
ie: I lose my carkeys at least once a day.
 
Medal
Metal
Mettle
Meddle
A piece of metal stamped with a design to commemorate a person, place, or event
a group of chemical elements
courage, valor or spunk
to interfere
an award
such as iron, gold, copper, lead, and magnesium etc.
stuff of which a person is made of
To intrude into other people's business
ie: The Canadian Olympic team has been awarded quite a few gold medals.
ie: Some metals can be hammered into thin sheets.
ie: Our troops are showing their mettle in combat.
ie: Stop meddling in my personal affairs.
Patience
Patients
 
not being in a hurry
people seeking medical help
 
being calm and collected
persons in a doctors care
 
ie: I have patients galore when I'm embroidering.
ie: Doctors seem to have more patients then they can handle.
 
Then
Than
 
a certain time, at another time, later, again
a comparing word
 
at that time
express comparison or diversity
 
ie: Once your homework is finished then you can play your games.
ie: Better than many words are actions.
 
There
Their
They're
a place
a groups ownership
a contraction for 'they are'
ie: Was it there?
ie: It's their house.
To see if the sentence is correct replace 'the're' by they are
ie: Life is too short, there is just not enough time
ie: Was it their house that was broken into?
ie: They're here again. (They are here again)
Two
Too
To
the number two
very, more than enough,
shows direction
 
likewise, also, in addition to, over
towards, for, at
ie: Two birds of a feather.
ie: One cow produces too much milk for one household.
ie: To win gold medals an athlete has to be focused.
Weather
Whether
 
climate
alternative possibilities
 
the atmospheric conditions in terms of temperature, wind, clouds and precipitation
or choices
 
ie: In winter I check the weather report daily, often twice.
ie: She will have to decide whether to go college or university.
 
Who's
Whose
 
a contraction of who is or who has
the possessive form of who
 
which person or people
of whom
 
ie: Who's coming to dinner?
ie: Whose socks are these?
 
Your
You're
 
belonging to you
you are
 
ownership
substitute the two words for the contraction to see if the sentence is right.
 
ie: Is this your book?
ie: Hope you're well!
 

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      Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you nurseleah, for stopping in and taking a look and for commenting. I think most of us have a few of these problems.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Leah Wells-Marshburn 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Great hub! I'm reminded of so many conversations I've had. One common mistake that is like nails on a chalkboard to me is incorrectly substituting mute for moot. As in, "It's a moot point." I can't even listen to the rest of the conversation after someone says this.

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      SammySammo 6 years ago from Boston, MA

      No problem!!!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      SammySammo, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      SammySammo 6 years ago from Boston, MA

      This is awesome--I'm grammar-obsessed, so I knew all of these, but definitely cool to see someone take the time to share with others!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Tessa M, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Tessa M 6 years ago

      Really Interesting, haven't read it all but I'll be back to check out more!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      RTalloni, the many twist and turns of the English language has and always will be tough to learn... but as far as I'm concerned learning is the fun part of life. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      Link away to my hub. When I have a second I'll do the same to yours.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      English language/word hubs are some of my favorite to read and write about. This one is cleverly done. Thanks for sharing the info in a simple layout that could be a great resource.

      It will be helpful to everyone reading, either as new info or as a reminder. There are times when we know better but somehow find a way to mess it up anyway! The most important thing we can do is be ready to laugh at ourselves as writers and then learn, learn, learn more. :)

      I would like to link this hub to my hub on speaking American English. If you have any objection please let me know.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Ironracer, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great list! I think I've somehow managed to use them correctly, thus far. I'm a bit obsessed with grammar though :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      maheshpatwal, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Most of us have to slow down at this or that word.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      maheshpatwal 7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Zsuzsy your hub is very helpful for novice as well as masters of the English language.. Thanks a ton for writing it.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      PaperNotes, thank you for stopping in and taking a look and for commenting. I think most of us have a few of these problems.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Thank Zsuzsy Bee! This will really be a useful reference especially for writers.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      bayoulady thank you for stopping by. I love the southern accents.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      great hub. My problem is well and good.Of course there is my twangy northern Louisiana accent that slaughters the English language! ( example: Most of us in northern Louisiana pronounce our state LOO-zee-Ann-a )

      I'm impressed with the charts and lines in your hub.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      JimVT, thank you for stopping in and taking a look and for commenting.

      I agree English without exceptions is a hard lingo to master...

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      JimVT 7 years ago

      Good One ZB..............I've heard or seen most of these grammar gaffs on local and network TV and almost every newspaper I read where the speakers/writers should know better.

      I guess we have to "expect" this type of lazy language when a good number of English-speaking kids and adults can't get through a simple statement without a bunch of "ya knows".

      As I have said elsewhere, English has enough variances and exceptions to the point where very few ESL students ever capture them all.

      JimVT

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      ariannamusgr, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      ariannamusgr 7 years ago from Palo,IA

      This is very helpful.Thank you kindley.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      ProjectsConsult, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      ProjectsConsult 7 years ago from World Wide Web

      Hi Zsuzsy,

      I have been studying about the history of the English language for a number of years. And have gathered a lot of material on the usage and misuse of words as well as British vs. American spelling.

      This is one of the most interesting and helpful hubs I have read so far. Thanks for writing it.

      PC

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      creativeone59, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. We all need a little reminder every once in a while.

      kindest regards

      Zsuzsy

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Zsuzy Bee,for a very informative hub, one that was well needed.We all need this very valuable information, thank you so much for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Pinkhawk, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards

      Zsuzsy

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      pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...this is quite useful. I'll take note of this and keep this in mind as much as my memory permits. ^.^! thank you very much ma'am! ^.^

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Juliette, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. We all have a few words that plague us one of mine is appointment...I'm always wondering if it has two 'p's or one.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Juliette Morgan 7 years ago

      So amusing - I like to think I have a good command of the english language but I always stumble on 2 specific words, (I did tell my husband at the start..) 1. marriage or marriage and 2. commitment or comittment - still waivering .. great hub from an obvious individual, thanks, Juliette.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you Eric for taking a look and for commenting. There are a lot of words that should come up on the 'double-take' list. I'm working on part two of most commonly misused words.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Eric Pulsifer 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Zsuzsy, good Hub -- definitely a clip-and-save. I always laugh when these word mixups occur in newspapers or in books, where you'd think the writer should know better. Maybe I notice these things because they wake up the old editor in me. Some of my own favorites are allude/elude, imply/infer, and affect/effect.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hello William how are you? Always glad when you pop in for a visit. Thank you for reading and for commenting on this hub.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      William F Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I've always tried to be careful in selecting the right word, Zsuzsy Bee, but it's a constant struggle. I know how jolting it can be to come across the wrong word when reading an interesting article, or hub. It's much worse if I find that wrong word in something I have written. Thanks for helping us to keep our English up to snuff.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Nellieanna thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Zsuzsy Bee - good hub! Should be required reading and mandatory continuous study for admission to the internet, where almost all communication is via writing. These common errors make anyone with a modicum of old-fashioned basic education cringe whenever they crop up, which is all too often. Somehow one never gets inured to their jarring effect. But one wants to be charitable so can't mention or correct them, but ignoring them just condones & encourages them! Anyway - thanks for a great hub, well-done with simplicity anyone could understand. Of course, you're right that English is not an easy language to learn, but the worst offenders are often those for whom it's their native and first language!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hiya Feline, how are you? So glad you popped in for a visit. Then---than and your---you're are always the ones I have to double check as they're always causing my problems especially when I'm in a hurry. Spell check doesn't help with these either.

      take care

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      As a copy editor I come across these all the time...so much so that I often forget what is correct and what's not! :D

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      timorous, very true. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      timorous 7 years ago from Me to You

      LOL! I think after a working on an article a long while, we subconsciously see what we want to see.

      If you leave it for a day or two, and read it with fresh eyes (or someone else's fresh eyes), you'll catch all kinds of small errors, even if your grammar is very good.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      lctodd1947 thank you for dropping in and for commenting.

      We all have those moments of 'brain-freeze' I think, that's why it's so important to reread, really reread what we've written before we publish our hubs.

      You know just the other day I found a spelling mistake in one of my earlier hubs and I swear I read that hub at least ten times since it was published. It happens.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Hey Zsuzsy Bee don't read my hubs...ONLY KIDDING!! Your are so right and when one starts writing sometimes and feel inspired...you can easily make these mistakes and sometimes it is the little words that get ya. Great information and thanks for keeping us attentive to our work..

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Lisa, nice to see you, you're right I just saw a medical report yesterday written by a 'Doctor' and it explained a new way of how to "lose weight". Should anyone trust this guy? I'm thinking...still thinking...nope I don't think so.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good ones. I tend to think the "lose/loose" one may be awfully close to the top of the list. It's seems like that one is everywhere online on a daily basis. :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      samboiam, you're welcome. Thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      What a helpful hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      M.S.P. thanks for visiting and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      M.S.P. 7 years ago from Montana

      Improper use of language is one of my pet peeves - look forward to your future hubs on this topic.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      women in business, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      women in business 7 years ago from Jeddah, KSA

      Thank you,

      This is really very helpful.

      Cheers.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Makeup for Acne, glad you stopped by and thank you for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Makeup for Acne 7 years ago from New Jersey

      Great hub and it made me laugh! My mother was a stickler for grammar and proper use of language and now I do the same with my children. The biggest misuse I've found, though they don't sound the same, are "good" and "well". Drives me crazy and I correct my kids all the time. I especially hate it when teachers say your child is doing 'good' in school. Then there's all the teenager slang, but that's a hub on its own.

      Fyi - excuse my sign in name, it's for a series I'm starting.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      bihar thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      bihar 7 years ago from Patna

      never thought about these words in such a way.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Martycraigs, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      martycraigs 7 years ago

      Yes, I agree with many of the other comments. A very useful Hub, especially if you're writing content on your computer and can use this as a quick reference.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi Beth, glad you stopped by.

      I used the table feature to get the hub all organized, check it out sometimes it works great.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Excellent information! I love how you arranged and presented the information. How did you do that?!? You have provided a great tool for writers, and no matter how seasoned, we can always use a refresher course. Thanks Zsuzsy!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      oneinajillian (love the name) You're right it was a fun hub to put together.

      Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      oneinajillian 7 years ago from So.Cali

      Love this! Is it weird that I can spend hours just reading stuff like this? Well anyway, a job well done on this. It actually looks lke it was something that was interesting to make (in a fun way though right? lol). Have a great night.

      From So.Cal.

      oneinajillian

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      MPG Narratives thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I'm with everyone else, bookmarking this one for my work as a copywriter. Thanks Zsuzsy.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sage I almost missed you. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Hi Tammy how are you? Glad you stopped by.

      The game was great, when we finally got the 'golden goal' I jumped so hard that I spilled my drink... then had to clean up the mess still with a grin on my face.

      Greeting from your old home

      Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Springboard, loose and lose usually makes me stop in my tracks for a moment. Glad you came for a visit.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Habee oops typo---fixed now--- thanks the table feature doesn't have spell check and I thought I had caught it all.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      This is terrific. I will definitely be able to use this as a reference. How about that Hockey Game yesterday...what a nail-biter eh.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Loose in place of lose is one I see a lot of. This is a great hub...found a couple in there I'm guilty of myself. So thanks. :)

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Awesome hub, I will definitely bookmark this one for future reference. Know wonder why the English language is one of the hardest languages to learn.

      Congratulations on 1100 fans!

      Sage

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub, but "averse" is missing the final E. Sorry, sometimes I can't control the English teacher within!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Faybe Bay, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. If it's of help then I'm glad.

      kindest regards

      ZSuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Cagsil, glad you stopped by and thank you for commenting. Yup you're right I have another long list.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Faye Constantino 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank You! Yes it is a problem, and sometimes I am so busy thinking of the next words I am going to type, that I do not realize I have made an error in usage. Bookmarking this one so I can check back when editing myself.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      WOW! That was insane. And, I'll bet that's just a portion of the words. I enjoyed that. Thank you. :)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      timorous, glad you stopped by to take a look. I will add less and fewer into part two or three for sure thank you.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      nadp, thanks for visiting. There is a long list of words that are being misspelled and misused. I will include your mentions in part two or three, thank you.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      timorous 7 years ago from Me to You

      I get the impression that spelling and grammar proficiency has fallen greatly in the last decade or so. Just read any number of hubs or forum posts.

      I've been writing and speaking English my entire life, so I know these distinctions (mostly). However, I can understand how difficult it is, especially for those whom English is a new language. I'm sure the many and varied uses of words and phrases, some slang, and different meanings, make it confusing for many people.

      Thanks for setting the record straight. I look forward to part 2. Perhaps you could fit in the distinction between "less" and "fewer", the latter is seldom used as often as it should be.

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      nadp 7 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      Thanks for a good hub. A misuse - or maybe it's a mis-pronunciation is "woman" and "women". I teach high schoolat a very good magnet school, with intelligent kids and I've been noticing) how many of them pronounce these two words the same way. I find it very surprising that they haven't leaned otherwise.

      Other s that are often problematic are principle and principal, affect and effect, and elude and allude.

      BTW - I teach Discrete Math and whenever I have to answer the question "What's discrete math" the first thing I have to explain is that it's not "discreet." I just wrote a hub on this subject (http://hubpages.com/hub/What-is-Discrete-Mathemati... and originally had the two words in the title but I changed it.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Moesky thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I have another two hubs about misused/misspelled words planned I will add practice into that one thank you.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      parrster I like old adages 'when in doubt, check it out' makes all the sense in the world.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Pollyannalana glad you stopped by and thank you for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Susan Carter thank you for taking a look and for commenting. kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Moesky 7 years ago

      That's the good thing about writing online - you're motivated to "not make mistakes, and look things up!"

      How about "practice" and "practise", to add to your list?

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      Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

      Just reinforces the old adage, 'when in doubt, check it out' thanks Zsuzsy

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      We all do make some of those mistakes sometimes but a click of the mouse for synonym or a microsoft word (although it is not perfect) should make it much easier for some and it baffles me to see a hub so filled with errors and yet a high score, how can this be?

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      Susan Carter 7 years ago

      You are absolutely right about these words. It amazes me that people that graduated from high school, and even college make the stupid grammar mistakes you have mentioned.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      David, thank you for coming by and for your nice comment.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Katrina you caught me I love words, play on words etc.

      Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      David Russell 7 years ago

      Thanks for your thoughtfully written blog. As a writer for 65 years, I have often puzzled about a word to be used. In ad writing it's expedient to choose the exact word to motivate people. In my recent A La Carte Hub series, i've pondered sometimes for hours about a descriptive word that adds to the flow of a paragraph while describing the moment. I don't know how bloggers are satusfued with a first draft, I never could. Davic

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      You like your words don't you. :) Great hub. I edit a lot of writing and see many of these confused often.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Laura, how are you? I know what you mean sometimes its just so obvious that people do not know what the word they're using really means.

      Can be frustrating at times what do you do tell them? No just shrug your shoulders and carry on while you shake your head.

      Always glad when you drop in for a visit.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Audrey whenever I need to write dessert/desert I think about more calories therefore dessert is the tasty choice and desert the sandy one.

      hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for this very informative hub. If only people would make sure of the exact meaning of a word before using it or stick to words that they are familiar with. Great example of the versatility of the table option now available for our hubs.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Very informative - and true, true, true. I see these in my work every day (far too many times)....I recently did a hub on the desert and one on a dessert - in the middle of the night I woke up and realized that I had used desert in the dessert recipe! Oy vey - language - can't live without it though.....

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Kea thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      kea 7 years ago

      Very useful hub! I'll have to bookmark it for future reference!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Jen, glad to be of help. Thanks for stopping in and for commenting.

      kindest regards

      Zsuzsy

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Aaron, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Thank you so much, you have hit on words I always confuse. I appreciate this hub very much!

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Just an informative as well as helpful hub for each and everyone. Keep it up.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Al, glad you stopped by. I'm also fluent in Hungarian, German and French but always found English to be one of the tougher ones to master.

      greetings from a blizzard-y Ontario

      Zsuzsy