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Five of the most annoying spelling mistakes

Posted on December 13, 2011

 

Spelling mistakes can cause real annoyance to readers, to the extent that many people will navigate away from a website on noticing errors. Some errors in particular seem to cause irritation; many of these common errors won’t always be picked up by spellcheckers as they involve the incorrect use of similar words. Article writing services can help if you’re not completely confident in your ability to spot and avoid errors like these.

1. Your/you’re. Many people have difficulty in using your/you’re correctly. Incorrect usage, such as, “Your going to be invited to a party”, is enough for some readers to decide that they’ve seen enough.

2. Definitely/definately. Many people incorrectly use the spelling, “definately”. This one seems to cause widespread annoyance and regularly tops online lists of spelling mistakes. If you’re going to use this word, then it definitely needs to be used correctly.

3. They’re/their/there. This is another example in which people often opt for the wrong word. Common examples include the incorrect use of the word “there” in sentences such as, “They tied there shoelaces”.

4. A lot/alot. For some reason, many people treat “a lot” as one word, creating “alot”. This isn’t a real word, but it is often found in use online, to the annoyance of readers everywhere.

5. Text/chat room abbreviations. These aren’t technically spelling errors, but many people find the inappropriate use of abridged words to be an annoyance; for example, “2u” instead of “to you”. These should only be used if you’re absolutely sure of your audience and context.

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