English spelling can be tricky, even for English speakers! That’s because English is not 100% phonetic and also because there are so many exceptions. Study the 240 most commonly misspelled words below. Then, try the free spelling test at the end to check how well you’re doing.

Jump to a letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    A

  • absence
  • acceptable
  • accessible
  • accommodation
  • accomplish
  • achievement
  • acquire
  • address
  • advertisement
  • advice – (noun)
  • advise – (verb)
  • amateur
  • apartment
  • appearance
  • argument
  • athletic
  • attendance

    B

  • basically
  • beginning
  • belief – indicating the noun
  • believe – indicating the verb
  • beneficial
  • business

    C

  • calendar
  • campaign
  • category
  • cemetery
  • challenge
  • characteristic
  • cigarette
  • clothes
  • column
  • committee
  • commitment
  • completely
  • condemn
  • conscience
  • conscientious
  • conscious
  • controversy
  • convenient
  • correspondence
  • criticism

    D

  • deceive
  • definitely
  • definition
  • department
  • describe
  • despair
  • desperate
  • development
  • difference
  • difficult
  • disappointed
  • discipline
  • disease

    E

  • easily
  • effect
  • eighth
  • either
  • embarrass
  • encouragement
  • enemy
  • entirely
  • environment
  • especially
  • exaggerate
  • excellent
  • existence
  • experience
  • experiment

    F

  • familiar
  • February
  • finally
  • financial
  • foreign
  • foreigner
  • formerly
  • forty
  • fourth

    G

  • general
  • generally
  • genius
  • government
  • grammar
  • grateful
  • guarantee
  • guidance

    H

  • happily
  • height
  • heroes
  • humorous
  • hypocrite

    I

  • ideally
  • imaginary
  • immediate
  • incredible
  • independent
  • influential
  • insurance
  • intelligent
  • interference
  • interrupt
  • introduce
  • island
  • its – for possession
  • it’s – for “it is” or “it has”

    J

  • jealous
  • jealousy

    K

  • kneel
  • knowledge

    L

  • later
  • legitimate
  • length
  • library
  • lightning
  • likely
  • loneliness
  • lose (verb)
  • loose (adjective)
  • lovely
  • luxurious

    M

  • maintain
  • maintenance
  • manageable
  • management
  • manufacture
  • marriage
  • married
  • millionaire
  • misspell
  • mischievous
  • money
  • mortgage
  • muscle
  • mysterious

    N

  • naturally
  • necessary
  • neighbor / neighbour
  • ninety
  • noticeable
  • nowadays

    O

  • obedient
  • obstacle
  • occasional
  • occurred
  • official
  • opinion
  • opportunity
  • opposition
  • ordinary
  • originally

    P

  • particular
  • peculiar
  • perceive
  • performance
  • permanent
  • personal
  • personnel
  • physical
  • physician
  • piece
  • pleasant
  • possession
  • possible
  • possibility
  • potatoes
  • practically
  • prefer
  • privilege
  • professor
  • professional
  • pronounce / pronunciation
  • psychology
  • psychological

    Q

  • quantity
  • quality
  • questionnaire
  • queue
  • quizzes

    R

  • realistic
  • realize
  • really
  • receipt
  • receive
  • recognize
  • recommend
  • religion
  • religious
  • remember
  • representative
  • restaurant
  • rhythm
  • ridiculous
  • roommate

    S

  • sacrifice
  • safety
  • scared
  • scenery
  • schedule
  • secretary
  • sentence
  • separate
  • similar
  • sincerely
  • strength
  • surprise
  • suspicious
  • success
  • successful

    T

  • technical
  • technique
  • temperature
  • temporary
  • their (possessed by them)
  • there (not here)
  • they’re (contraction of “they are”)
  • themselves – not themself

    U

  • undoubtedly
  • unforgettable
  • unique
  • until

    V

  • valuable
  • village
  • violence
  • violent
  • vision
  • volume

    W

  • weather – indicating climate – The weather is nice today.
  • Wednesday
  • weird
  • whether – (indicating if)
  • which
  • woman – (singular)
  • women – (plural)
  • worthwhile
  • width
  • writing

    X Y Z

  • yacht
  • young
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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Determine if the bold word is spelled correctly or not. Bill Gates is definitely a successful businessman.

The whether is wonderful today.

Your cigarete is still burning.

I’m sincerely sorry for the delay.

The goverment is wasting the taxpayers’ money!

Many people are concerned about the enviroment these days.

The coat costs fourty dollars.

We’re throwing my mother a surprise party for her 60th birthday.

Are you going to the libary today?

It was an unforgetable holiday.


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