5 Common Spelling Mistakes

Published: 10/27/2014

No matter what you're writing, your spelling and grammar is important to your message. Whether you are writing the text for your website, a new blog post, a professional or personal email, or just a note to your mom, using correct spelling and grammar is essential. First, it ensures your readers properly understand what you are trying to communicate; some mistakes may result in a completely different message than the one you meant to convey. Second, it shows that you have put some time and thought into your message and appears more professional. Below we will review five common spelling mistakes so you are sure to avoid them in your next writing endeavors:

  • Loose vs. lose - "Loose" is an adjective, meaning it describes a noun. "Lose" is a verb, or an action word.

  • Examples: I lost weight and now my pants are loose.
    I lose my keys at least once a week.

  • Definitely vs. defiantly - "Definitely" means something is very clear, definite, or absolute. "Defiantly" means to do something in a defiant, resistant, or challenging manner.

  • Examples: I told him I would definitely be there, no matter what.
    Their son defiantly disobeyed their rules and stayed out past curfew.

  • Affect vs. effect - Many people have trouble with this pair because they can sound similar when spoken. "Affect" is a verb, or action word. "Effect" is a noun.

  • Examples: My brother's unexpected visit did not affect my weekend plans.
    The bad weather has a noticeable effect on my friend's mood.

  • It's vs. its - "It's" is a contraction of "it" and "is." "Its" is a possessive form, indicating ownership.

  • Examples: It's her first time at this restaurant.
    The soda lost its fizz after being left out overnight.

  • Rhythm - Unlike our other examples, which are similarly spelled words that are often confused, rhythm is simply misspelled on a frequent basis. Take a good look so you can be sure to spell it correctly.

Now get out there and start writing with confidence!


Author: Caroline Larson
Position: Director of Content Management
Caroline Larson earned a bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and a master's degree at Florida State University. As the Director of Content Management, Caroline specializes in writing, editing, and managing content that is accurate, engaging, and compelling. She is a published author with experience in writing on a variety of subjects, and she has a passion for language; in addition to English, she speaks French and Italian, as well as basic Spanish and German.

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