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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 26


PORE/POUR

When used as a verb, "pore" has the unusual sense of "scrutinize," as in
"She pored over her receipts." If it's coffee or rain, the stuff pours.

INTERESTING

The second syllable is normally silent in "interesting." It's
nonstandard to go out of your way to pronounce the "ter," and definitely
substandard to say "innaresting."

EXCAPE/ESCAPE

The proper spelling is "escape." Say it that way too.

CONVERSATE/CONVERSE

"Conversate" is what is called a "back-formation" based on the noun
"conversation." But the verb for this sort of thing is "converse."

FISCAL/PHYSICAL

The middle syllable of "physical" is often omitted in pronunciation,
making it sound like the unrelated word "fiscal." Sound that unaccented
"I" distinctly.

RESIGNATE/RESONATE

When an idea gives you good vibes it resonates with you: "His call for
better schools resonates with the voters." Not resignates--resonates.

SETUP/SET UP

Technical writers sometimes confuse "setup" as a noun ("check the
setup") with the phrase "set up" ("set up the experiment").

TIME PERIOD

The only kinds of periods meant by people who use this phrase are
periods of time, so it's a redundancy. Simply say "time" or "period."

WENT/GONE

The past participle of "go" is "gone" so it's not "I should have went to
the party" but "I should have gone to the party."

DOESN'T SUPPOSED TO/ISN'T SUPPOSED TO

You aren't supposed to say "doesn't supposed to." The expression is
"isn't supposed to."



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