Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

I just came across this through one of the trending topics on twitter currently and i found that it lay out the differences quite clearly in phrases that are most often used incorrectly, whether it is a word spelled incorrectly or used in the wrong context.

Where i’m editing essays or papers for my little cousins or friends, i noticed some of the mistakes listed below many times over.

The ten that the website lists are:

  1. Lose (opposite of win) vs. loose (not tight).
  2. Weird (e before i), not wierd. 
  3. Their (implies a possession, owning something) vs. they’re (a contraction for ‘they are’) vs. there (refers to a place or an idea; or something abstract).
  4. Your (possessive, the idea that you own something) vs. you’re (a contraction for ‘you are’).
  5. It’s (a contraction for ‘it is’ or ‘it has’) vs. its (indicates possession).
  6. Definitely (without an ‘a’).
  7. Effect (a noun; to cause) vs. affect (a verb; have an influence on).
  8. Weather vs. whether.
  9. A lot, not alot (no such word). The site i linked to above humorously (and correctly) notes that ‘you don’t write alittle, abunch, acantaloupe… so don’t write alot‘.
  10. Then (used for time) vs. than (used for comparison).

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