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Common misspelt words: my top 10 misspelt words

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Common misspelt words: my top 10 misspelt words

In this blog, I'll be looking at which words I have found are most frequently misspelt during my proofreading projects. I read every day doing the final checks on books and online learning. There are some words that just keep coming up as misspelt, and I have been keeping a list. Here is my list of top 10 misspelt words.

reign vs rein

(The King's reign vs a horse's rein.)

desert vs dessert

(The sandy one vs the edible one.)

diary vs dairy

(The written one vs the milky one.)

“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.” ― Mark Twain

passed vs past

(To move passed vs time gone past.)

though vs through

(Despite the fact vs travel through.)

your vs you're

(Belonging to vs contraction of you are.)

“Youir're doing this wrong.” ― Will Advise

it vs is vs in

(Mixed up consonants after i.)

from vs form

(Indicating a point in space or time vs shape or structure.)

practise vs practice

(To carry out or perform (verb) vs the actual action or performance (noun).)

affect vs effect

(To act on or to cause a change in (verb) vs a change which is a result of an action (noun).)

“A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.” ― Baltasar Gracián

What would be in your top 10 misspelt words?

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