Commonly Misspelled
and Confused Words


English words evolved from a variety of other languages. Worse, how we pronounce words has continued to change, so phonetic spelling is problematic. Yes, once we really did pronounce the k and g sounds in knight. The following is a list of words commonly misspelled or confused with other words.

[A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M]
[N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z]

- A -

absence
accept
accomplish
accommodation
accumulate
accurate
achievement
acquaintance
across
advertisement
advice
advise
aggravate
agitator
a lot
answer
appropriate
archaeology
argument
article
athlete
attendance
auxiliary
available

- B -

beautiful
beginning
behavior
beneficial
breath
breathe
business

- C -

calendar
carcass
ceiling
certainly
chameleon
chief
choice
choose
chose
commercial
committee
competition
concentrate
congratulate
conscience
conscientious
conscious
consequently
convenience
counselor
criticism
criticize

- D -

definitely
desperate
describe
develop
different
difference
disappoint
disease
doesn’t
during

- E -

eighth
embarrass
encyclopedia
entrance
envelope
environment
especially
exaggerate
except
existence
expedient
experience
experiment
explanation
extremely

- F -

familiar
fascinate
February
foreign

- G -

genealogy
genius
government
grammar
guarantee
guild
guillotine

- H -

harass
height

- I -

idiosyncrasy
immediate
important
independence
integration
intellectual
interest
interesting
interfere
interrupt
irrelevant

- J -

jewelry
judgment

- K -

knowledge

- L -

laboratory
leisure
license
liquorice
loneliness
loose
lose

- M -

maintenance
marriage
mathematics
medieval
mischief
mischievous
misspell

- N -

necessary
niece
ninety
ninth

- O -

occasion
occurrence
opinion
opportunity
original
optimist

- P -

particular
pastime
perform
perhaps
phony
physical
possess
prefer
prejudiced
prevalent
privilege
probably
pronunciation
psychology
pursue

- Q -

quiet
quite

- R -

realize
recommend
restaurant
rhythm
ridiculous

- S -

scenery
schedule
secretary
separate
similar
since
sincerely
speech
straight
strength
surprise

- T -

temperature
through
thorough
tomorrow

- U -

unnecessary
unusually

- V -

- W -

Wednesday
weird

- X -

- Y -

- Z -


Sources

Christ, Henry I. Modern English in Action, Ten. Boston: D. C. Heath and Co, 1965.

Ellsworth, Blanche and John A. Higgens. English Simplified. 10th ed. New York: Pearson Education, 2004. (ISBN: 0321104293)

Mulvey, Dan. Grammar the Easy Way. Hauppauge, N.Y: Barron’s, 2002. (ISBN: 0764119893)

Rozakis, Laurie E. Grammar and Style. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to. New York: Simon & Schuster, Alpha Books, 1997. (ISBN: 0028619560)

Scholastic Writer’s Desk Reference. New York: Scholastic, 2000. (ISBN: 0439216508)

Shertzer, Margaret. The Elements of Grammar. New York: MacMillian Publishing, 1986. (ISBN: 0020154402)



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Writer: C. S. Wyatt
Updated: 30-Nov-2013
Editor: S. D. Schnelbach