Homophones: Common Words That are Often Misspelled

by HeatherGeo

Homophone Madness: Popular Words that Sound the Same but Have Very Different Meanings

Here’s a list of common words that are often misspelled and will fly under the spellcheck radar.

accept: to receive (She accepted the gift.)

except: to exclude verb (Millie could eat everything on the buffet except the shrimp scampi.)

affect: to influence

effect: (noun) a result

effect: (verb) to accomplish

a lot: many (alot is not a word)

allot: to set aside a portion

all ready: ready to go

already: happened before (previously)

all right: correct

alright: Common misspelling. The correct form is all right.

council: assembly

counsel: advice or to advise

farther: refers to distance

further: to an extent (Let’s discuss the matter further at the meeting.)

fewer: small in number: fewer cars on the road

less: smaller but not in number exp. less traffic, less pollution,

(use less when referring to units of money and time)

isle: an island

aisle: a passage (The bride glides down the aisle.)

lie: the opposite of truth

lie down: means to rest

lose: opposite of win

loose: opposite of tight (loose screw)

precede: to go before

proceed: continue to move forward (The meeting will proceed)

personal: private

personnel: persons

range: to differ within a limit (The students ranged from eighteen to fifty years old.)

vary: to change or differ (The students varied in age.)

right: correct

write: to record

rite: a ceremony

used to: past tense phrase – do not use the term “use to” (The store used to be open on Sunday)

weak: the opposite of strong

week: the days of the week

woman: singular

women: possessive (a group of women)

your: this is the possessive form of you

you’re: contraction for “you are”

yore: does not mean “you are” this spelling means long ago (exp. Days of yore)

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