300 Top Common English Spelling Mistakes

Top Common English Spelling Mistakes

English spelling can be tricky because English is not 100 percent phonetic and there are so many exceptions. Here is the top common English spelling mistakes according to the Oxford English Corpus. The table below gives the correct spelling of the word. So, you can check to see if any of the same mistakes have been tripping you up.

    A

  1. absence
  2. acceptable
  3. accessible
  4. accommodate, accommodation
  5. accomplish
  6. achievement
  7. acquire
  8. across
  9. address
  10. advertisement
  11. advice –(noun)
  12. advise –(verb)
  13. aggressive, aggression
  14. amateur
  15. apartment
  16. apparently
  17. appearance
  18. argument
  19. athletic
  20. attendance
  21. assassination

    B

  1. basically
  2. begin, beginning
  3. belief –indicating the noun
  4. believe –indicating the verb
  5. beneficial
  6. bizarre
  7. business

    C

  1. calendar
  2. campaign
  3. Caribbean
  4. category
  5. cemetery
  6. challenge
  7. characteristic
  8. chauffeur|
  9. cigarette
  10. clothes
  11. column
  12. colleague
  13. committee
  14. commitment
  15. completely
  16. condemn
  17. conscience
  18. conscientious
  19. conscious
  20. controversy
  21. convenient
  22. correspondence
  23. criticism
  24. curiosity

    D

  1. deceive
  2. definitely
  3. definition
  4. department
  5. describe
  6. despair
  7. desperate
  8. development
  9. difference
  10. difficult
  11. dilemma
  12. disappear
  13. disappoint, disappointed
  14. discipline
  15. disease

    E

  1. easily
  2. ecstasy
  3. effect
  4. eighth
  5. either
  6. embarrass
  7. encouragement
  8. enemy
  9. entirely
  10. environment
  11. especially
  12. exaggerate
  13. excellent
  14. existence
  15. experience
  16. experiment

    F

  1. Fahrenheit
  2. familiar
  3. February
  4. finally
  5. financial
  6. fluorescent
  7. foreign
  8. foreigner
  9. foreseeable
  10. formerly
  11. forty
  12. fourth
  13. further

    G

  1. general
  2. generally
  3. genius
  4. gist
  5. glamorous
  6. government
  7. grammar
  8. grateful
  9. guarantee
  10. guard
  11. guidance

    H

  1. happily
  2. happened
  3. harass, harassment
  4. height
  5. heroes
  6. honorary
  7. humorous
  8. hypocrite

    I

  1. ideally
  2. idiosyncrasy
  3. imaginary
  4. immediate, immediately
  5. incidentally
  6. incredible
  7. independent
  8. influential
  9. insurance
  10. intelligent
  11. interference
  12. interrupt
  13. introduce
  14. irresistible
  15. island
  16. its –for possession
  17. it's –for "it is" or "it has"

    J

  1. jealous
  2. jealousy

    K

  1. kneel
  2. knowledge

    L

  1. later
  2. legitimate
  3. length
  4. liaise, liaison
  5. library
  6. lightning
  7. likely
  8. lollipop
  9. loneliness
  10. lose (verb)
  11. loose (adjective)
  12. lovely
  13. luxurious

    M

  1. maintain
  2. maintenance
  3. manageable
  4. management
  5. manufacture
  6. marriage
  7. married
  8. millennium, millennia
  9. millionaire
  10. misspell
  11. mischievous
  12. money
  13. mortgage
  14. muscle
  15. mysterious

    N

  1. naturally
  2. Neanderthal
  3. necessary
  4. neighbor, neighbour
  5. ninety
  6. noticeable
  7. nowadays

    O

  1. obedient
  2. obstacle
  3. occasion
  4. occurred, occurring
  5. occurrence
  6. official
  7. opinion
  8. opportunity
  9. opposition
  10. ordinary
  11. originally

    P

  1. particular
  2. pavilion
  3. peculiar
  4. perceive
  5. performance
  6. permanent
  7. persistent
  8. personal
  9. personnel
  10. pharaoh
  11. physical
  12. physician
  13. piece
  14. pleasant
  15. politician
  16. Portuguese
  17. possession
  18. possible
  19. possibility
  20. potatoes
  21. practically
  22. prefer, preferred, preferring
  23. privilege
  24. professor
  25. professional
  26. pronounce, pronunciation
  27. propaganda
  28. psychology
  29. psychological
  30. publicly

    Q

  1. quantity
  2. quality
  3. questionnaire
  4. queue
  5. quizzes

    R

  1. realistic
  2. realize
  3. really
  4. receipt
  5. receive
  6. recognize
  7. recommend
  8. referred, referring
  9. religion
  10. religious
  11. remember
  12. representative
  13. resistance
  14. restaurant
  15. rhythm
  16. ridiculous
  17. roommate

    S

  1. sacrifice
  2. safety
  3. scared
  4. scenery
  5. schedule
  6. secretary
  7. sentence
  8. sense
  9. separate
  10. siege
  11. similar
  12. sincerely
  13. strength
  14. supersede
  15. surprise
  16. suspicious
  17. success
  18. successful

    T

  1. tattoo
  2. technical
  3. technique
  4. temperature
  5. temporary
  6. tendency
  7. their (possessed by them)
  8. there (not here)
  9. therefore
  10. they're (contraction of "they are")
  11. themselves –not themself
  12. threshold
  13. tomorrow
  14. tongue
  15. truly

    U

  1. undoubtedly
  2. unforgettable
  3. unforeseen
  4. unfortunately
  5. unique
  6. until

    V

  1. valuable
  2. village
  3. violence
  4. violent
  5. vision
  6. volume

    W

  1. weather –indicating climate –The weather is nice today.
  2. Wednesday
  3. weird
  4. whether –(indicating if)
  5. wherever
  6. which
  7. woman –(singular)
  8. women –(plural)
  9. worthwhile
  10. width
  11. writing

    X Y Z

  1. yacht
  2. young

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