When we pronounce calendar, it sounds like -er at the end – but the correct way to write it is with -ar.
Remember that a committee is a group of people – and the word committee itself has three “groups” of double letters.
The adjective curious contains the letter “u”, but the noun curiosity does not. The strong syllable is also different:
- He was a curious boy.
- His curiosity got him into trouble.
It’s definitely wrong to spell definitely with an “a”!
Make sure to include two Rs in embarrass, embarrassed, and embarrassing.
The words four (4) and fourteen have a “u,” but the word forty (40) does not.
Sometimes forward is pronounced as though the first R wasn’t there, but when written it has two Rs.
Correct: independent, independence
Incorrect: independant, independance
Independent has only Is and Es, but no As!
Don’t show your lack of knowledge by forgetting the D in knowledge! Other words that end in -dge include bridge, judge, and pledge.
Only one C is necessary in the word necessary. (But two Ss).
Correct: occurred, occurring
Incorrect: occured, occuring
The word occur is a more formal word for “happen.” When adding -ed and -ing, we need to double the R: occurred, occurring
Propaganda refers to content (articles, advertisements, videos) made specifically to convince you to think a certain way.
Minuscule describes something very, very small. It sounds like “miniscule” when we pronounce it, and we do use the prefix mini- to talk about small versions of things… but minuscule starts with minu.
We actually usually pronounce this somewhat like sep-rit (when an adjective) and sep-a-rate (when a verb).
The adjective true has an “e,” but the adverb truly does not.