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Common errors in English usage - misspelled words list - daily 10 words - Part 14


KINDERGARDEN/KINDERGARTEN

The original German spelling of the word "kindergarten" is standard in
English.

LEAST/LEST

American English keeps alive the old word "lest" in phrases like "lest
we forget," referring to something to be avoided or prevented. Many
people mistakenly substitute the more familiar word "least" in these
phrases.

MANUFACTURE/MANUFACTURER

When your company makes stuff, it manufactures it, but the company
itself is a manufacturer. Both in speech and writing the final R is
often omitted from the latter word.

NUMEROUS OF/NUMEROUS, NUMBERS OF

"Numerous customers returned the garlic-flavored toothpaste." "Numbers
of customers returned the toothpaste." "Many of the customers." Any of
these is fine.

ON THE SAME TOKEN/BY THE SAME TOKEN

When we compare things with each other, we often say "on the one hand"
and "on the other hand." These phrases mean "on this side" and "on the
other side."
But it is a mistake to say "on the same token," meaning "in the same
regard." The standard expression is "by the same token."

PERSONAL/PERSONNEL

Employees are personnel, but private individuals considered separately
from their jobs have personal lives.

QUICK CLAIM

The term for a legal document relinquishing a legal claim to some
property is a "quitclaim deed." It is not a "quick claim," and
"quitclaim" is a single word.

REDO IT OVER/REDO IT, DO IT OVER

"Redo it over" is redundant; say either "redo it" or "do it over." The
only time this phrase makes sense is in the phrase "redo it over and
over again."


SENSE/SINCE

"Sense" is a verb meaning "feel" ("I sense you near me") or a noun
meaning "intelligence" ("have some common sense!"). Don't use it when
you need the adverb "since" ("since you went away," "since you're up
anyway, would you please let the cat out?")

THAT/THAN

People surprisingly often write "that" when they mean "than" in various
standard phrases. Examples: "harder that I thought," "better safe that
sorry," and "closer that they appear." In all these cases, "that" should
be "than."


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