Getting to Grips with Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
Now, a comprehensive list of words many people find difficult to spell. Fasten your seatbelts!
WORDS WITH SILENT LETTERS
Answer Column Condemn Daughter Gauge Knee
Knowledge Pneumonia Receipt Scene Science Whistle
HOMOPHONES - WORDS WITH THE SAME SOUND BUT DIFFERENT MEANING
buy (with money) by (written by) bye (farewell)
for (you) fore (in front) four (the number)
to (to you) too (much) two (the number)
where (for place) wear (clothes) were (past of to be)
their (belonging to them) there (place) they're (they are)
its (to express belonging) it's (it is)
allowed (permitted) aloud (cover your ears)
currant (fruit) current (modern)
mail (in the post) male (not female)
stationary (still) stationery (supplies)
who’s (who has/is) whose (belonging to)
passed (the past of to pass) past (yesterday)
you’re (you are) your (belongs to you)
weather (climate) whether (you like it or not)
hole (in the wall) whole (complete)
hear (with your ears) here (and now)
waist (between legs and torso) waste (rubbish)
peace (no war) piece (a bit)
brake (car device) break (from work)
CONFUSING WORD PAIRS
accept (verb) / except (conjunction)
affect (verb) / effect (noun)
later (afterwards) / latter (the last one)
massage (rub and knead) / message (sent and delivered)
of (preposition) / off (can be part of phrasal verbs: turn off. set off)
breath (noun) / breathe (verb)
through (preposition) / thorough (adjective)
than (to compare) / then (time adverb)
quiet (silence) / quite (enough)
desert (very hot) / dessert (very sweet)
costume (type of clothing) / custom (behaviour)
OTHER WORDS NORMALLY MISSPELLED
occasionally (not ocassionally)
should've (not should of)
would've (not would of)
could've (not could of)
all right (not alright)
beautiful (not beutiful)
every (not evry)
February (not Februry)
accommodation (not acomodation)
committee (not comitee)
necessary (not necesary)
business (not buisness)
So, that's the LIST. You can add as many words as you can to the different sections above. There plenty more, I tell you.
Now, let's practice. It's about time you tackle those nasty words. I hope you are not as afraid after you do the following tasks.
Choose the correct homophones
Were/where/wear is the white hat I where/were/wear at work? Were/where/wear you not wearing it yesterday?
It's/its about time we by/bye/buy the new car and say bye/buy/by to that old junk we should've sold buy/bye/by now.
There/they're/their the ones that left their/they're/there keys over they're/their/there.
I think to/too/two packets of rice is too/to/two much to/two/too make paella for/fore/four four/fore/for.
Only mail/male personnel were aloud/allowed to deliver that specific mail/male.
In the passed/past she usually passed/past through the same tunnel and never had an incident.
Whose/who’s left this fancy pen on the table? Is it not from the girl whose/who's uncle is a soldier?
Whether/weather we go to the park or not depends on tomorrow's whether/weather
You're/your whole/hole collection of coins went down the whole/hole. You're/your the only one to blame.
That peace/piece of advice was enough to make peace/piece between the two contenders.
If I stand here/hear I can't here/hear the screaming and shouting inside that house.
Whilst looking for his brakes/breaks, the waste/waist reached up to his waste/waist in that smelly dump.
Make up sentences with the following word pairs (try including the pairs in the same sentences)
Example: Please, accept that except you bring the documents, you won't be able to enrol.
affect, effect / later, latter / massage, message / of, off / breath, breathe / through, thorough / quite, quiet / than, then / desert, dessert / costume, custom
LOOK, COVER, WRITE AND CHECK those words you feel you struggle the most
Choose the correct homophones
Were is the white hat I wear at work? Were you not wearing it yesterday?
It's about time we buy the new car and say bye to that old junk we should've sold by now.
They're the ones that left their keys over there.
I think two packets of rice are too much to make paella for four.
Only male personnel were allowed to deliver that specific mail.
In the past she usually past through the same tunnel and never had an incident.
Who’s left this fancy pen on the table? Is it not from the girl whose uncle is a soldier?
Whether we go to the park or not depends on tomorrow's weather
Your whole collection of coins went down the hole. You're the only one to blame.
That piece of advice was enough to make peace between the two contenders.
If I stand here I can't hear the screaming and shouting inside that house.
Whilst looking for his brakes, the waste reached up to his waist in that smelly dump.