49 errors spell check won’t pick up

March 27, 2013 by in category Spell check with 0 and 0

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A piece of work I recently reviewed contained a few examples of words that had not been picked up by spell check. According to Webster’s online dictionary, the most commonly misplaced words are there/their and affect/effect.

Here are 49 reasons why you shouldn’t rely on spell check alone to review your work. These word pairs sound the same and are correctly spelled but have completely different meanings.

  1. allowed/aloud
  2. ant/aunt
  3. band/banned
  4. billed/build
  5. board/bored
  6. boy/buoy
  7. by/buy
  8. beach/beech
  9. bolder/boulder
  10. bread/bred
  11. caret/carrot/carat
  12. scent/sent
  13. dear/deer
  14. die/dye
  15. feat/feet
  16. find/fined
  17. fir/fur
  18. flower/flour
  19. for/four
  20. forth/fourth
  21. gorilla/guerrilla
  22. hall/haul
  23. heard/herd
  24. him/hymn
  25. hoarse/horse
  26. weather/whether
  27. its/it’s
  28. lead/led
  29. lose/loose
  30. maize/maze
  31. morning/mourning
  32. peace/piece
  33. peak/peek
  34. peal/peel
  35. peer/pier
  36. prays/preys
  37. rain/rein
  38. read/reed
  39. real/reel
  40. scene/seen
  41. seam/seem
  42. seas/sees
  43. sew/sow
  44. soared/sword
  45. stationary/stationery
  46. steal/steel
  47. straight/strait
  48. summary/summery
  49. thyme/time