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Commonly misspelled words in English

Commonly misspelled words in English

commonly_misspelled_words_in_EnglishEnglish spelling can be very difficult, even for native speakers. Many English words cannot be spelt phonetically (phonetically means the way they sound).

For example, phonetically the word enough should be spelt ‘enuff‘!

Listed below are some of the most commonly misspelled words in English.

If there are some words here that you have problems with, have a look at our tips for learning and remembering new vocabulary to help you. And remember, the only way to really improve is practice!

IMPORTANT NOTE: there are differences in spelling between US and UK English. This page (and this site) refers to British (UK English) spelling.


Commonly misspelled words in English

accelerateequipmentnoticeable
acceptableespeciallyoccasion
accidentallyexceedoccasionally
accommodateexcellentofficial
accomplishexhilarateparallel
accumulateexperienceparliament
acquireexplanationparticular
acquitforeignperseverance
amateurgratefulpersonnel
apparentguaranteepossession
argumentharassprecede
atheistheightpreferable
beginninghorrificprivilege
believehypocrisyproceed
businessignorancepronunciation
calendarimitatepublicly
camouflageimmediatereceipt
candidateinadvertentreceive
categoryincidentallyrecommend
changeableincrediblereference
collectibleindependentreferred
columnindispensablerelevant
commemorateingeniousremembrance
committedinoculaterenowned
congratulationsirresistiblerestaurant
conscienceknowledgerhyme
conscientiouslabelledrhythm
consciousleisureridiculous
consensuslibraryschedule
deceiveloosescissors
defendantmaintenanceseparate
defiantmillenniumseparately
definiteminiaturesuccess
desperatemischievoustomorrow
disappearmisspelltwelfth
disappointnecessaryvicious
embarrassmentneighbourweird
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