It’s always interesting to read the results of studies relating to language. The Telegraph, an English newspaper, recently reported on a study of the most commonly misspelt words in English. The top twenty misspelt words creates an interesting list – many of the words are words that an IELTS student might use in their writing. Do you think you would be able to remember how to spell all of the words in the list correctly?
Top 20 misspelt words:
15. A lot
You can read the full article here. Make sure that you read through the comments at the end of the article. Some of the commenters make interesting points.
Did you manage to correct the spelling of all of the words below. Check you answers.
acommodation – accommodation
adress – address
beggining – beginning
beleive – believe
definately – definitely
enviroment – environment
goverment – government
Wendesday – Wednesday
grammer – grammar
intresting – interesting
If you managed to get them all correct, you deserve a pat on the back!!
Are these word spelled correctly? Look at them carefully and decide if they are. If you think they are spelled incorrectly, how would you correct them? Don’t use a dictionary!! That’s cheating.
Come back to this page tomorrow to see the answers.
Good spelling is crucial in the IELTS exam. You will be marked on your spelling in the writing exam and it is also important in the listening test. One way to improve your spelling is to read lots in English. The more you read in English, the more good English spelling you are exposed to. If you see a word lots of times, it will help you to recognise how it should look when spelled correctly.
The verb to argue has an e at the end but this is dropped in the noun. Argument.
Hierarchy follows the i before e (except after c) rule.
Receive has the e before the i because they follow a c.
Foreign breaks the i before e (except after c) spelling rule.