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8 Spelling Mistakes Even Smart People Make

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1. YOU’RE and YOUR
If you have no idea when to use which … well, you’re not on your own. This is perhaps the most common mistake of all. Heaven knows why. The distinction is really quite simple:

• You’re is used to substitute the words you are.
• Your is a word you use when referring to something that belongs to the person you’re speaking to. “Your purse,” “your coat,” and so on—and not “Your late!” or “Your wrong!”

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12:23PM PST on Jan 17, 2014

For me, it's the to and too. Also, punctuation! Thank god for spell check and Ginger software.

2:50AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Noted

6:32PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

English is my third language and I don't make any of those mistakes. Does that mean I'm a genius? LOL But seriously, if "smart" people make such mistakes, then they're not smart.

5:03PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

The writer of this article can not even distinguish between spelling mistakes and mistakes in punctuation, such as how to correctly place apostrophes. Talk about the blind leading the blind!

5:27AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

English is my second language and one of many reasons of its being international is its simplicity compared to other languages. I've heard a lot about awful spelling of native speakers.
Indeed, the spelling is very specific but not illogical if you know the history of the English language.
There're lots of reading and spelling rules which help you read and write correctly and easily.
Besides,in order to master the
English spelling there must be connection between the sound and the letter in the mind what isn't taught to native speakers.
There are different
approaches to teaching reading and writing in English. English learners and native speakers are taught in a different way.
Then, every language logical like life itself and both follow the same laws.

10:24PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

good points

5:31AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

I guess that is the benefit of having a European language first, these mistakes do not occur to me as I see the words as very separate since I learned their definitions.

To me the harder thing in English is inconsistency of spelling (ghoti = fish).

8:46AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Great posting.

1:26AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thank you :)

2:25PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

...it's like someone is dragging their fingernails across a blackboard.

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