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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 22


ALTAR/ALTER
An altar is that platform at the front of a church or in a temple; to
alter something is to change it.

BREAKUP/BREAK UP

A breakup is what happens when two people break up. The one-word form is
the result, whereas the two-word form is the action that leads to it.

CENTER OF ATTRACTION/CENTER OF ATTENTION
"Center of attraction" makes perfect sense, but the standard saying is
"center of attention."

DUAL/DUEL

"Dual" is an adjective describing the two-ness of something--dual
carburetors, for instance. A "duel" is a formal battle intended to
settle a dispute.

ENVIROMENT/ENVIRONMENT

The second N in "environment" is seldom pronounced distinctly, so it's
not surprising that is often omitted in writing. If you know the related
word "environs" it may help remind you.

FOOT/FEET

You can use eight-foot boards to side a house, but "foot" conveys a
plural sense only in this sort of adjectival phrase combined with a
number (and usually hyphenated). The boards are eight feet (not foot)
long. It's always X feet per second and X feet away.

GRILL CHEESE/GRILLED CHEESE

The popular fried sandwich is properly called "grilled cheese."

HARDLY NEVER/HARDLY EVER

The expression is "hardly ever" or "almost never."

INFLAMMABLE

"Inflammable" means the same thing as "flammable": burnable, capable of
being ignited or inflamed. So many people mistake the "in-" prefix as a
negative, however, that it has been largely abandoned as a warning
label.

LIGHTED/LIT

Don't fret over the difference between these two words; they're
interchangeable.




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