Monday, April 23, 2012

Troublesome Words

We all have them, usually they are homonyms, those words that we use incorrectly.  To, too, two; there, their, they're. We can't seem to escape them, and the wrong one can make a huge difference in what you are trying to say.

Here are some that I look for when I CP and edit in my own writing:

rode -- road
then -- than (while not homonyms, I find many people flip these around)
past -- passed (I constantly ask my husband on this one)
one -- won
effect -- affect (I don't see this one much, but recently had it pointed out to me in some work things)

What troublesome words do you have to watch out for?


  1. advice -- advise ...I have to say the word out loud when I'm writing it. :)

  2. Ah, this is a cool post Mary because we all have them. Effect and affect are the two I REALLY struggle with.

  3. It's not that I don't KNOW the right word to use. It's just my fingers type the wrong ones. I have a bad habit of writing WRITE instead of RIGHT. But I think a lot of writers make that mistake. We're used to writing 'write' more than 'right'. lol


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