Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 23
MIGHT HAS WELL/MIGHT AS WELL
You might as well get this one right: the expression is not "might has
well" but "might as well."
NEXT STORE/NEXT DOOR
You can adore the boy next door, but not "next store."
A pole is a long stick. You could take a "poll" (survey or ballot) to
determine whether voters want lower taxes or better education.
"Revelant" is both spoken and written frequently when "relevant" is
intended. The same is true of "revelance," a misspelling of "relevance."
SO FUN/SO MUCH FUN
Strictly a young person's usage: "That party was so fun!" If you don't
want to be perceived as a gum-chewing airhead, say "so much fun."
TODAY'S DAY AND AGE/THIS DAY AND AGE
The traditional expression is "in this day and age," meaning "right at
this moment and during a considerable stretch of time around this
moment." "Today's day" is redundant: "today" already has "day" in it.
Sloppy typists frequently leave the "H" out of "where." Spelling
checkers do not catch this sort of error, of course, so look for it as
"With" must not be omitted in sentences like this: "Julia's enthusiasm
for rugby contrasts with Cheryl's devotion to chess."
ALL OF THE SUDDEN/ALL OF A SUDDEN
An unexpected event happens not "all of the sudden" but "all of a
The verb is "dominate"; the adjective is "dominant." The dominant
chimpanzee tends to dominate the others.
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