Nowadays, we are fortunate to have “spell check” computer programs that automatically check the spelling of English words to see if they are correct. However, spell check isn’t perfect – if you’ve made a spelling mistake, but the misspelled word is also a different English word, the program won’t catch this error!
This is why it’s important for everyone – both native English speakers and English learners – to pay careful attention to spelling and learn the correct way to write each word. In today’s lesson, you’ll learn 10 mistakes that won’t be noticed by spell-check software.
Don’t write: I’m not sure weather or not I’ll go to the party.
Write: I’m not sure whether or not I’ll go to the party.
- weather refers to the conditions outside – if it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy, etc.
- whether is another word for “if”
Don’t write: Employees are not aloud to eat lunch at their desks.
Write: Employees are not allowed to eat lunch at their desks.
- If you read aloud, it means you read while speaking – using your voice
- allowed means permitted
Don’t write: I called her, butt she didn’t answer.
Write: I called her, but she didn’t answer.
- butt is an informal word for your buttocks or backside – the part of your body you sit on
- but expresses contrast in a sentence
Don’t write: Do you want a peace of pizza?
Write: Do you want a piece of pizza?
- peace refers to tranquility, calmness, the absence of conflict, violence, or war
- a piece is a part or section
Don’t write: I bought some meet at the supermarket.
Write: I bought some meat at the supermarket.
- meet is a verb meaning to encounter a person
- meat is a noun referring to food that comes from animal muscle
Don’t write: His communication skills are week.
Write: His communication skills are weak.
- week refers to a time period of 7 days
- weak is the opposite of strong
Don’t write: She died her hair black.
Write: She dyed her hair black.
- the verb die means someone is no longer alive; their life ends
- the verb dye means to change the color of hair or fabric
Don’t write: The breaks on my car need to be repaired.
Write: The brakes on my car need to be repaired.
- a break (noun) is a short interval of free time
- brakes are the part of a car that causes the car to stop
Don’t write: I wander how much that car costs.
Write: I wonder how much that car costs.
- to wander means to go around without a specific destination
- to wonder means to think about and want to know
Don’t write: I want to loose weight.
Write: I want to lose weight.
- loose is an adjective meaning the opposite of tight. If something is loose it means it is too big or not firmly fixed in place
- lose is a verb generally meaning to forget where something is, or to fail to win, but in this case, “lose weight” means to decrease your body weight.