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We’re back again with the next 5 most commonly misused words in the English language.
Before we jump in, imagine you’ve painted the walls of a room. How long do you wait before hanging curtains and artwork or moving furniture against the wall? Until the paint has dried, right? That way, you can easily see areas that need touch-ups and you don’t run the risk of doing more harm than good.
Proofreading is similar to painting. After writing your article, let the “ink” dry before you proofread by walking away from the article for a while. This ensures you have given yourself enough space to proofread with a fresh perspective. Try it out and discover how this strategy actually saves time and maintains your credibility!
Here are the next 5 most misused words in the English language:
lighting vs. lightning
lighting – the arrangement or effect of lights; equipment for producing light.
Incorrect: You should install track lightning in your kitchen!
Correct: You should install track lighting in your kitchen!
lightning – a flash or discharge; very quick; the occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder.
Incorrect: Don’t stand at the top of the hill during a lighting storm.
Correct: Don’t stand at the top of the hill during a lightning storm.
setup vs. set up
setup – the result of something having been arranged or put together.
Incorrect: The cops got him; it was a set up.
Correct: The cops got him; it was a setup.
set up – to put something together.
Incorrect: Let’s setup the cake display in the window.
Correct: Let’s set up the cake display in the window.
whether vs. weather
whether – a conjunction used when expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives; expressing an inquiry or investigation.
Incorrect: “I’m not sure weather I should get chicken or beef,” thought Patrick.
Correct: “I’m not sure whether I should get chicken or beef,” thought Patrick.
weather – to wear away or change the appearance; the state of the atmosphere.
Incorrect: The whether here is nice, when it’s not raining!
Correct: The weather here is nice, when it’s not raining!
fair vs. fare
fair – without cheating or in accordance with the rules; a traveling show; fine or pretty good.
Incorrect: The weather this afternoon will be fare, so let’s go to the fare!
Correct: The weather this afternoon will be fair, so let’s go to the fair!
fare – the money a passenger on public transportation has to pay.
Incorrect: How much is the bus fair to Ithaca?
Correct: How much is the bus fare to Ithaca?
peak vs. peek
peak – the summit of a mountain; the highest point; to bring or achieve a maximum of development, value, or intensity; to become sickly.
Incorrect: Don’t give up until you’ve reached the peek!
Correct: Don’t give up until you’ve reached the peak!
peek – to glance quickly; to peer from a place of concealment.
Incorrect: Watch this preview to get a sneak peak!
Correct: Watch this preview to get a sneak peek!
We will have another installment of the most commonly misused words in the next few weeks, so stop by the Blog again for new grammar and spelling tips to ensure your articles are error free. Not only will these tips help you maintain your credibility, they also can be applied across multiple platforms and help you drive more traffic to your blog or website!
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