Common Misspellings

Common Misspellings and the Correct Versions

No

This is wrong

This is what it should be…

1

mordernised

modernised

2

millenium/milennium

millennium (double L, double N)

3

potray

portray

4

enterpreneurs

entrepreneurs

5

convinient

convenient

6

undoubtly

undoubtedly

7

advertisments

advertisements

8

bussiness

business, businesses

9

curiousity

curiosity

10

opportunities

opportunities

11

pre-martial

pre-marital

12

visious

vicious

13

alot

a lot

14

dversince

ever since

15

althetes

athletes

16

avaliable,availble

available

17

definately

definitely

18

glamourous

glamorous

19

humourous

humorous

29

preserverance

perseverance

21

received

received

22

reknowned

renowned

23

maintainance

maintenance

24

occurrance

occurrence

26

myraid

myriad

26

degradetion

degradation

27

technolgy

technology

28

neccessities

necessities

29

neccessary

necessary

30

Intergration

integration

31

povertystricken

poverty-stricken

32

futher

further

33

heirachy

hierarchy

34

enviroment

environment

Words which are often confused with each other

1

slumps

He always slumps in his chair when he is too tired to sit up straight.

slums

The poor have no choice but to live in slums

2

co-operate

Let’s co-operate and work together.

corporate

The hike in corporate taxes is worrying companies.

3

extend

Shall we extend our lunch hour?

extent

I agree with this statement to a large extent

4

this (singular)

This apple is sweet.

these (plural)

These apples are sweet.

5

spend (present tense)

spent (past tense)

6

economic
Exploiting the poor for economic gains is unethical.

economical (thrifty, cost-saving)

The most economical way to travel to Kuala Lumpur is by bus.

7

woman (singular)

women (plural)

8

attain (to reach)

obtain (to acquire)

9

aid

Poor countries require foreign aid or

Aid is given to developing nations.

aids

10

dependent
Singapore is still largely dependent on Malaysia for water.

dependant

The boy is a dependant of his mother.

11

criterion (singular)

criteria (plural)

12

phenomenon (singular)

phenomena (plural)

Words that do not exist in the plural form

Those in bold are wrong; correct versions are in brackets

1

Technologys (Technology has) have benefited Man

2

We obtain Informations (information) from the Internet

3

They have many offsprings (offspring)

4

Our throw-away culture has generated lots of wastes (waste)

5

The equipments (equipment) in the gym are new

6

Researches have (Research has) shown that smoking is bad for our health.

Other comments:

§ Use a definite article (the) or indefinite article (a/an)for the following:

- A majority or The majority

- The United Kingdom

- The United States

- The United Nations

- The Internet

§ There are no such words as “deprove”, “deproving” and“deprovement”.

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