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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 27


HONE IN/HOME IN

You home in on a target (the center of the target is "home"). "Honing"
has to do with sharpening knives, not aim.

FOR FREE/FREE

Some people object to "for free" because any sentence containing the
phrase will read just as well without the "for," but it is standard
English.

CONTACT/CONTRACT

If you touch a sick person, you have contacted him or her; but if you
catch the disease, you have contracted it.

SOONER/RATHER

"I'd sooner starve than eat what they serve in the cafeteria" is less
formal than "I'd rather starve."

RESISTER/RESISTOR

A resistor is part of an electrical circuit; a person who resists
something is a "resister."

PRECEDE/PROCEED

"Precede" means "to go before." "Proceed" means to go on. Let your
companion precede you through the door, then proceed to follow her.
Interestingly, the second E is missing in "procedure."

BORROW OFF/BORROW FROM

In some dialects you can borrow five dollars off a friend, but in
standard English you borrow the money from a friend.

TRY AND/TRY TO

Although "try and" is common in colloquial speech and will usually pass
unremarked there, in writing try to remember to use "try to" instead of
"try and."

WORKING PROGRESS/WORK IN PROGRESS

If your project isn't finished yet, it's not a "working progress" but a
"work in progress."

ACTUAL FACT/ACTUALLY
"In actual fact" is an unnecessarily complicated way of saying
"actually."

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