The 201 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English

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With a little practice, you can improve your spelling. Begin by reviewing the following list of 201 of the most commonly misspelled words in English. Then pick out those words that tend to give you problems, and make up a series of short sentences in which you use these troublesome words—spelled correctly, of course.

Finally, you can test your ability to spell these words at our Spelling Review Exercises and our Quiz on 25 Commonly Misspelled Words

Commonly Misspelled Words

absence
accommodate
achieve
acquire
across
address
advertise
advice
among
apparent
argument
athlete
awful
balance
basically
becoming
before
beginning
believe
benefit
breathe
brilliant
business
calendar
careful
category
ceiling
cemetery
certain
chief
citizen
coming
competition
convenience
criticize
decide
definite
deposit
describe
desperate
develop
difference
dilemma
disappear
disappoint
discipline
does
during
easily
eight
either
embarrass
environment
equipped
exaggerate
excellent
except
exercise
existence
expect
experience
experiment
explanation
familiar
fascinating
finally
foreign
forty
forward
friend
fundamental
generally
government
grammar
guarantee
guidance
happiness
heroes
humorous
identity
imaginary
imitation
immediately
incidentally
independent
intelligent
interesting
interfere
interpretation
interruption
invitation
irrelevant
irritable
island
jealous
judgment
knowledge
laboratory
length
lesson
library
license
loneliness
losing
lying
marriage
mathematics
medicine
miniature
minute
mysterious
naturally
necessary
neighbor
neither
noticeable
occasion
occurred
official
often
omission
operate
optimism
original
ought
paid
parallel
particularly
peculiar
perceive
perform
permanent
persevere
personally
persuade
picture
piece
planning
pleasant
political
possess
possible
practical
prefer
prejudice
presence
privilege
probably
professional
promise
proof
psychology
quantity
quarter
quiet
quit
quite
realize
receive
recognize
recommend
reference
religious
repetition
restaurant
rhythm
ridiculous
sacrifice
safety
scissors
secretary
separate
shining
similar
sincerely
soldier
speech
stopping
strength
studying
succeed
successful
surely
surprise
temperature
temporary
through
through
toward
tries
truly
twelfth
until
unusual
using
usually
village
weird
welcome
whether
writing
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Nordquist, Richard. "The 201 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English." ThoughtCo, Apr. 1, 2017, thoughtco.com/commonly-misspelled-words-in-english-1692761. Nordquist, Richard. (2017, April 1). The 201 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/commonly-misspelled-words-in-english-1692761 Nordquist, Richard. "The 201 Most Commonly Misspelled Words in English." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/commonly-misspelled-words-in-english-1692761 (accessed September 20, 2017).