Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 28
If something is not crooked or curved it's straight.
If it is a narrow passageway between two bodies of water, it's a strait.
Place names like "Bering Strait" are almost always spelled "strait."
If you want to convey your hearty congratulations to someone, you do so
not "whole-hardily" but "wholeheartedly"--with your whole heart.
TO HOME/AT HOME
In some dialects people say "I stayed to home to wait for the mail," but
in standard English the expression is "stayed at home."
Some people derive the noun "paralyzation" from the verb "paralyze," but
the proper term is "paralysis."
Some people argue that "refer back" is redundant, but you can refer
ahead as well as back. "Refer back" is standard usage.
Business folks sometimes use "incent" to mean "create an incentive," but
it's not standard English. "Incentivize" is even more widely used, but
strikes many people as ugly.
Leave off the unnecessary "-ly" in "doubtless."
it's misleading to refer to minority groups as "ethnics" since everyone
has ethnicity, even a dominant majority.
Sentences like "I want for you to weed the garden" and "I asked for you
to bring a dessert" are not formal English. You can improve either sort
of expression by leaving out the "for."
The standard past tense form of "catch" in modern English is not
"catched," but "caught."
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